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I am a lucky librarian. I have a wonderful staff with whom I work with on Game Night Central, our reoccurring gaming program at the Cape May County Library. We usually have 3-5 gaming programs a month (one per week) and one tournament every 3 months. In July 2009, we also unveiled our new circulating video game collection. At the end of 2009, we had 120 games in our collection which circulated 1,361 times. Currently, we have expanded the collection to now include 297 circulating video games.
In mid 2009, the Game Night Central staff (Chris Hunnicutt, Mike Trout, and Jesse Ridge) came to me with a plan for a big end of the year event. They wanted to go out with a bang. Their idea?
A tournament veiled in secrecy that pitted our game night attendees against some retro games that they may or may not have played. The prize? Gift cards to local video game stores. It’s just that simple. Switch up that games. Dig for something out of the ordinary.
What really hooked me on this program were the following points:
- GET OBSCURE AND CREATIVE! It wasn’t just all about console gaming. One part of the program had the participants grabbing the Nintendo DS to hit up Elite Beat Agents. Many people were expecting a music game, but this?!?!?! It threw them for a loop and really challenged them to think outside the box. Our staff also incorporated some card based gaming into the event. Anyone up for some Munchkin?
- EDUCATE! A program like this isn’t just about all the fun everyone is having. It’s about education. One of the important things overlooked with video games is that they have a rich history. It wasn’t all just ONE DAY THERE WAS ROCK BAND AND THAT WAS ALL. You have to go back and look at the whole history to understand how we got here. At first, it was a fad. Then it become a thing only a select group of people did. After that, the public started catching on. Now, video games are finally starting to be recognized as a valid form of media. A program like this will help your users know that there’s a rich history to be discovered.
The kids and teens at the event were flabbergasted and excited. The program was something new and challenging. I can’t wait to do it again in 2010.
A quick thanks to Chris Hunnicutt, Mike Trout, and Jesse Ridge (Game Night Central Staff at the Cape May County Library). You make it happen and for that I am eternally thankful.
JP and I were interviewed by the American Library Association’s YouTube Channel concerning the “Project Brand Yourself a Librarian” project. Rad stuff!
Thanks to the ALA for the interview! You can check out more videos from ALA Midwinter 2010 here on their YouTube channel
We are librarians and we are proud.
I was really influenced by Andy Woodworth’s AMAZING People for a Library Themed Ben and Jerry’s campaign in my idea for Project Brand Yourself a Librarian. There is just so much excitement with that project. It really showed me how much love libraries have from their public and just how dedicated librarians are to their career.
It’s really simple. If you’re up for it, let’s all get tattoos to show our support for libraries and librarians. We are who we are. We are librarians! Let’s show the world how proud we are!
Let’s do this at the ALA Annual Conference (June 24-29). If you’ve got ideas on a tattoo parlor, leave a comment. I’ll gladly be in charge of setting up an appointments for everyone (we should all go together).
1. DOESN’T IT HURT? Honestly, it’s not that bad. I myself am very scared of needles but I don’t mind getting tattoos. The worst part is the healing. WHY? It itches…
2. BUT IT’S FOREVER! Be proud to be a librarian! Do you think you’ll be leaving this profession? See, you won’t.
3. I’VE ALWAYS WANTED ONE…and this is a great chance to finally get one! Think about it! Who else can say that they got their tattoo with a bunch of librarians?
(my tattoo, 1 week after getting it. Healing mode. ——->)