Walking Paper

A library design consultancy and blog by Aaron Schmidt

Category / Games in Libraries

5 Dec 11

Lemontree, the Library Game

Lemontree is a game for the Library at the University of Huddersfield in the UK. In the words of the game’s creators: It allows a more social view of the library, assists knowledge filtering, discovery and creating well crafted user journeys for learning and pleasure. As well as receiving points for certain actions (checking into …

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4 Apr 11

Gamify Your Library Fines

As usual, Brian Herzog nails it: Instead of just using traffic cameras to catch people speeding, they’re using them to also catch people obeying the speed limit – and by following the law, those people earn a chance at winning a share of the revenue generated by speeding tickets. By offering a reward, the police …

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12 Nov 10

Learning from Now for the Future

Nicholas Schiller wrote a great response to Gorman’s quote in the recent LA Times article about the future of libraries. I particularly like the bit about how libraries can abstract the lessons we’re learning now and adapt the knowledge to solving other problems: The work that video game librarians have been doing up to now: …

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25 Mar 10

Gaming Workshop Handouts from PLA

  Yesterday I had the pleasure of presenting a preconference workshop at PLA with Eli Neiburger. Even better than listening to Eli talk was getting someone to play a video game for the first time. She liked it. Here are some resources mentioned during the presentation: – PDF of our slides – the video Eli …

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16 Apr 09

lithuanian library websites look nice

I don’t speak or read Lithuanian and you probably don’t either. Good thing that nice design transcends language. Take a look at these beautiful sites. The first image is the homepage of a big Lithuanian library wiki called Grazi tu Mano. And *this!* This is the start page for a library run Alternate Reality Game …

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18 Nov 08

genre X is doing things right

Genre-X is a library book group for 20 and 30somethings at the Oak Park Public Library. They don’t always meet in the library, however. They meet at local watering holes. This is great, but it isn’t the only thing they’re doing right. They recently had a hi-lo gaming event with a Nintendo Wii and board …

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2 Apr 08

Gaming (& Gadgets!) Night at Computers in Libraries

What: Gaming (& Gadgets!) Night Where: CIL 2008, Jefferson Room When: Sunday, April 6th, 5:30-8:00 pm How much: FREE Who: You and other people interested in gaming Jenny Levine and I have given a few gaming workshops at past Computers in Libraries and Internet Librarian conferences. After the sessions we’ve opened up the room to …

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2 Apr 08

Gaming (& Gadgets!) Night at Computers in Libraries

What: Gaming (& Gadgets!) Night Where: CIL 2008, Jefferson Room When: Sunday, April 6th, 5:30-8:00 pm How much: FREE Who: You and other people interested in gaming Jenny Levine and I have given a few gaming workshops at past Computers in Libraries and Internet Librarian conferences. After the sessions we’ve opened up the room to …

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31 Mar 08

blu-ray anyone?

Our DVD player died after over six years of heavy use. The only logical replacement was a PS3 since it can play DVDs (and upscale them), Blu-ray discs and of course games. This will probably be the last physical media device we buy. Crazy! The system came with a copy of “Spider-man 3″ on Blu-ray …

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13 Mar 08

Computers in Libraries 2008

It is the middle of March which means that a bunch of library geeks will descend on Crystal City, Virgina next month for Computers in Libraries 2008. The conference is trying some new things this year and I’m excited to be a part of some of them. Helene Blowers suggested that a Pecha Kucha presentation …

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