Games4libraries


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I run workshops on making games for libraries. We scaffold the day so that concepts of play and games are introduced, then delegates work in groups to build a game prototype of their own. By the end of the day all delegates should have a prototype to develop further and the confidence to use these ideas to further develop games in their own libraries.

I've run were shortened versions of the normal workshop just for an afternoon too, as well as taster workshops for around 90 minutes!

Get in touch if you'd like a workshop running! I've run several now at individual institutions for groups of library staff, learning developers and other support staff and lecturers.

The feed below is from the blog associated with the workshops, http://gamesforlibraries.blogspot.com , where we post all the prototypes the workshop attendees create - please look through them and re-use the ideas if you can!

Making games - the blog!
June 29th
I've just finished the first draft of a new book, "The librarians’ book on teaching through games and play". It contains lots of materials aimed at librarians and information professionals to use games and play in their teaching. As an experim…
June 28th
I went to the HEAd conference in Valencia last week and talked about "Permission to play in Higher Education". It's something I've been thinking about a lot recently, so I'll be doing more on this over the next year or so! I did a run through b…
June 4th
I did a short presentation today in the form of a video for a lovely bunch of library staff in Lithuania - I think they'll be showing it in June. I talk a bit about play, games, gamification, and some of the playful things I've done over the last few year…
April 23rd
  I've had spam from predatory journals for years, together with a much lower level of dodgy conference invites. The conferences used to be fairly easy to spot, sending the sort of email that says "We want to invite you to chair a session / give a…
April 1st
Play as transformative information literacy education from Andrew Walsh I'm due to give a talk at LILAC in Liverpool in a few days time on "Play as Transformative Information Literacy Education", the slides above are a sneak preview of the s…
February 23rd
A general (but short) ponder coming up! I've tried to do some playful things with publishing books for library & related staff... starting with "Only Connect..." where we messed about with format quite a bit (and made it open access). I als…
February 23rd
I ran a Lego workshop in Cardiff the other day - a full day of looking at how we could use ideas from Lego Serious Play (or related ideas) in library teaching. It was a lovely group of nearly 20 people, though I think I worked them a tad hard... lots of …
November 20th
During the i2c2 conference, I gave everyone challenges to complete - Daan Van Loon's was to write a summary of the conference! So here it is... <!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 …
November 17th
At the very end of i2c2, I asked "What was the best thing about i2c2" and "What would you change about it". The full feedback follows at the end of this post, but I thought I'd pull a few bits and pieces out to reflect on here, though …
November 16th
This is the first of a few posts about the i2c2 conference I've just run at Scarborough - hopefully it fits okay here as it was a playful, creative experience! A quick response to a twitter exchange follows, mainly as I can't really reply properly in the…