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!
September 10th
It's Monday as I write this, after the weekend of #LibraryCampCamp, a new library learning festival. Thank you so much to the Information Literacy Group of CILIP for sponsoring it, and the attendees for their engagement and participation that made it work…
September 6th
I've been thinking about the idea of "permission to play" a lot recently, putting some of those early thoughts into a paper for the HEaD conference. More recently I've been interviewing people who use play with adults about how they use play, t…
July 23rd
Another book due out at the start of September! I created the Mini Book of Teaching Tips for Librarians as an experiment - it 60+ pages of teaching tips and ideas, most of which on one page, in a mini A6 format. This is the 2nd edition, expanded to 100 …
July 21st
I've just okayed the final proofs of "The librarians' book on teaching through games and play", so it'll be appearing on bibliographic databases over the next few weeks (already on Amazon!) to pre-order. Officially out on 3rd September, pre-orde…
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…