Playing? In the Library?

I got pounded yesterday for not including “librarians” in my list of educators and education stakeholders who need to rise to the challenge of adapting to the opportunities of video games.  Several comments accented this point, which was originally made by Jenny Levine

AND libraries! Sorry to beat a dead horse, but I still believe that the school library is our best bet for introducing information literacy training and general assessment via video games into the school setting. In fact, I think libraries can do more than almost any other entity, inside and outside of the school.

I tried to find a picture of a LAN party that was coed.  I know that girls use to attend the ones that my son would go to.  But perhaps girls just don’t like to have their pictures taken there 😉

Well, I apologize, and I true wonder why I left our schools’ information specialists out of the list, except that perhaps it seemed too obvious to me, subconsciously.  At any rate, Jenny and I’d had that very conversation at the GLS conference, that perhaps libraries are the logical place to bring video games into the more formal learning experience — the place to build our half of the bridge.

I’ve frequently suggested that librarians host LAN parties, include strategies guides in their collections, hold game discussion groups, suggest/feature video games related to units of study, and invite speakers who can talk about appropriate use of video games.  So, I have to admit that I am a bit baffled as to why librarians didn’t make my list.

This brings me to another point.  Now this is my opinion, but I do not believe that blog postings are meant to be scholarly dissertations, perfectly considering every point, every example, every definition, every eventuality.  They should be better considered than IM postings and better crafted than most e-mail messages, but they (mine) are typically written in one or two sittings and rarely with more than an hour of writing.  I leave things out.  I leave terms undefined.  Sometimes I get it wrong, and I’m happy that I do.  Because everything that is not included, that is important, gets added through comments from thoughtful readers and through continuing conversations.  If it’s an important addition, such as including librarians in a conversation about video games in schools, I will usually elevate it to a new blog posting to make it available to more readers.

As I’ve said many times before, I write this blog to learn

I only wish that I had the time to address every question and correction!


Image Citation:
Lamotta, Jake. “FurLAN Party@Paparotti.” JakeLamotta82’s Photostream. 4 Feb 2007. 17 Jul 2007 <http://flickr.com/photos/jakelamotta82/379521568/>.

Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.