Well, the book is finished and off at the editors. There may be some more work to tweek things, but “Libraries Got Game” is complete coming out in the fall from ALA Editions. I have to say a big THANKS to Chris Harris, my co-author for all of his help putting this book together. When I was first approached to write a book, I knew that I did not want to tackle it on my own. My newness to writing needed a seasoned hand to help craft what is a fantastic look at modern board games as educational resources.
Chris did a wonderful job of talking “big picture” and looking at the research, the history of games and bringing things together. My focus was extending my curriculum work, writing about the games and their alignment, matching games with local state learning standards and providing connections to library and information skills. Additionally, I put together some great recommended games lists for elementary, middle and high school. Together, I think we have put together a really good resource for school libraries looking to expand their collection and include additional resources that can help engage students with learning.
I will keep everyone up to date with details of the books release when we have them. Plus I am sure there will be more to share in July at ALA. If you are interested in learning how to expand your resource collection to include games, please consider attending our ALA pre-conference Gaming in the School Library: Curriculum Aligned and Still Fun! We will be sharing so much of our work and experience, including: selection criteria, recommended lists of titles, advocacy and alignment tools and more. Of course, a preconference on games would not be complete without lots of hands-on time with the resources with discussions on implementation.
I hope to see you there and thank all of you for your support of gaming in the school environment.