December 12, 2007

Help Form an ALA Games and Gaming Member Interest Group

Filed under: precat — jenny @ 10:14 pm

From Scott Nicholson, comes the call:

“Attention ALA Members!
We are hoping to go to ALA Midwinter with 100 signatures of ALA members to start a Member Interest Group on Games and Gaming. There are several initiatives across the ALA organization to look at gaming and our hope is to create a group to provide a place to talk about gaming across demographics and library types.
The charge of the interest group is:
To engage those interested in games and gaming activities in libraries and to collaborate with ALA units to support gaming initiatives and programs across the Association. Games, as defined in their broadest sense to include traditional and modern board, card, video, mobile, computer, live-action, roleplaying and miniature games, and gaming activities, including planning and running gaming programs, providing games for informal play, developing a game collection, creating games, development of information and other literacies through games and partnering with other community organizations to support gaming, will be topics for professional exploration. This group is open to all members.
If you are willing to help start this group, print out the petition below and collect signatures and member numbers of ALA members in your organization, and send it to the address on the form in the next few weeks.
The form is at”


  1. Jenny, I was just looking in the bloglines top 1,000 blogs…did you know you are #7??? WOW!!!

    Comment by Laurie — December 16, 2007 @ 9:22 pm

  2. Hi, Laurie – Ask notified me about this last month and while I feel incredibly honored, it’s a little too surreal to think about too much! Luckily, this gives me a chance to thank all of you wonderful readers and commenters. 🙂

    Comment by jenny — December 16, 2007 @ 11:32 pm

  3. I would like to assist your petition drive. May I link to this post from ?

    Comment by george — December 16, 2007 @ 11:41 pm

  4. YALSA, the fastest growing division in ALA, with a focus on teens services already has a Gaming Interest Group. I’ve copied the information regarding this group below:
    Gaming Interest Group
    The purpose of this interest group is to discuss issues relating to teens and gaming and to develop and disseminate best practices in collections, programming, and related topics in the field of gaming (including video, computer, internet, handheld, mobile, board, card, and miniatures) for young adults ages 12-18. Bring a program to share, a game recommendation, or your questions about starter collections or successful gaming events. Check out online discussions in ALA’s Online Communities . Convenors: Beth Gallaway and Kelly Czarnecki
    Contact the YALSA office at

    Comment by Judy Nelson — December 26, 2007 @ 1:09 pm

  5. That’s true, Judy, and we certainly hope to work closely with it, but the YALSA group by definition focuses only on young adults. This new group covers a much broader audience in all types of libraries for all ages. For example, the YALSA group wouldn’t really address gaming for seniors or creating information literacy games for college students, and it certainly wouldn’t have hosted a symposium that addressed gaming for everyone the way the GLLS one did this past July. This group will be able to help with programming and initiatives that address gaming in a much bigger context, but that certainly doesn’t exclude YALSA members or the existing group. Collaboration is a wonderful thing. 🙂

    Comment by jenny — December 26, 2007 @ 5:44 pm

  6. I would love to help as well in this movement. I work in a college where we offer degrees for the entertainment industry (art, game programming, engineering). It would be great to talk with other people in ALA about this issue.

    Comment by Karen Wheeler — January 2, 2008 @ 10:57 am

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