Get Your Game On (Again)

Earlier this month I hosted a wonderful 30-minute webinar for the MaintainIT Project featuring Beth Galloway about Gaming in Libraries. You can view the archive here.

Tomorrow I’ll be facilitating a one-hour follow up webinar about gaming in libraries with a sneak peek at the Joy of Computing 3: Planning for Success which has a chapter about Gaming in Libraries.

Whether you are a gaming pro or novice please join us and contribute to the discussion. The more people who attend and share–the richer the learning experience will be for all of us.

You can register for tomorrow’s 2pm EST webinar here.

See you soon!

Get Your Game On: Quick Tips to Start a Gaming Program in Your Library

I am super excited about a 30-minute webinar that I’m moderating next month for the MaintainIT Project about gaming in libraries where I’ll interview library gaming goddess Beth Gallaway.

If you have a gaming program in your library please send me your tips for best practices to share. Likewise if you have questions that you’d like answered send those to me as well.

From the MaintainIT Project site:

Get Your Game On: Quick tips to start a gaming program

When: Thursday, October 16, 2008, 11:00 AM Pacific/2 PM Eastern

Where: WebJunction’s Wimba space

Who: Presented by Lori Reed, Employee Learning Coordinator at the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg, and Beth Gallaway, Independent Library Trainer/Consultant.

What: 30-minute webinar where Cookbook contributors share their experiences.

Join Lori Reed, Employee Learning Coordinator at the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg, as she interviews Beth Gallaway for “Get Your Game On: Quick Tips to Start a Gaming Program in Your Library.” This will be a fast-paced and interactive session introducing the idea of gaming programs in libraries. Hear what others have done, share your experiences, and think about what you might want to do in the future.

Take 30-minutes out of your day to learn from the experiences of others and get something started. This is a part of the MaintainIT Cookbook webinar series where contributors to the Cookbooks share their insights, their secrets, and what you can do to get started with projects like theirs.

Beth Gallaway was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2006 for her work in advocating for videogames in libraries. She is an independent library trainer/consultant specializing in gaming, technology, and youth services, and is a YALSA certified Serving the Underserved (SUS) trainer. Visit her website at

Got Game? Now I Do!

My husband is a gamer. I was a gamer back in the days of Pac Man, Space Invaders, and Mario Brothers. The new games just don’t do it for me. Maybe it’s because I have not found the right kind of game. Or maybe it’s because the gaming market has not reached out to my demographic.

That’s about to change!

Those desperate housewives from Wisteria Lane are coming to a PC near you.

According to the game will be “lifestyle simulation putting players in the role of a new housewife who has just moved onto Wisteria Lane where scandal abounds beneath its bucolic surface.”

The game was released in early October and has gotten great reviews from fans of the show.

How could libraries use this? Why not have this as something for moms to do while their kids are at game night or while their kids are in a program. Not only does this give parents something else to do at the library but it gives them another way to connect and relate to their kids.