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Online Games and Libraries–23 Things Step #15

April 13th, 2008 · No Comments

Step #15 of the 23 Things on a Stick program concerns online games and libraries.  I created an account at Puzzle Pirates, as the the step suggests and played around with it.  It was OK but I don’t know that I’ll be spending a lot of time with it in the future.

I’m firmly convinced that gaming programs can bring patrons into the library just as other programs can.  Patrons interested in gaming are not likely to be interested in more traditional programs and that in and of itself makes gaming warrant our interest.

I’m less convinced that games can serve as a way to make other library functions more interesting.  On the last day of Computers in Libraries, the keynote by Elizabeth Lawley of the Rochester Institute of Technology explored this topic at length.  I didn’t blog it because it didn’t really speak to me but it’s an interesting idea.  I think it’s a neat theory but my gut says no.  Maybe I’m just an old fogey getting left behind.  🙂

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