September 2011


After much work, the Games and Gaming Member interest group in the American Library Association has become a Round Table. http://connect.ala.org/gamert

I am thrilled to be a part of the steering committee that will be helping to set up the new round table. I will be working with many other talented and leading librarians exploring the role that games have in all library types and how we want to represent and support these ideas and programs. We hope to work on things leading up to and into Midwinter ALA and I will be sure to keep things up to date here. So if you can, be sure to join the Gaming Round Table !

Also, don’t forget that National Gaming Day @Your Library is coming up. Don’t forget to register and participate in what is a wonderful way to show the value and fun that gaming brings as a library program. http://ngd.ala.org/

It has been a while since I have had a chance to post. Let me take a minutes to catch everyone up. I have had a daughter (Zuli – now 10 months old), written several articles for School Library Journal and 2 articles for the newest Knowledge Quest for ALA. One is an interview with one of my favorite designers, Martin Wallace. The second is a further refinement on my work exploring games and AASL’s Standards for the 21st Century Learner. I have also been working feverishly on designing a game, Conductor, a cooperative game about the Underground Railroad. It is coming along nicely, but still needs a bit more playtesting and refinement.

The most exciting news, second to the birth of my new daughter, is that I have started writing a second book for Neal-Schuman entitled: Get Gaming in the Library that will be a curriculum resource guide for teachers and school librarians covering analog, iOS and web based games.

As I write the book, I will share some of the resources I am exploring here, giving snippets and glimpses into my research.

It is good to be back to the keyboard and back to my blog. Look out for may gaming column in School Library Journal’s October Issue.

Cheers!

Brian