This year was the second meeting for the fledgling Game Making Interest Group, which started as a interest-group passion of Chair Breanne Kirsch, public services librarian at the University of South Carolina Upstate Library.
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The room was packed to capacity at all four of the Conversation Starter and Ignite programs I attended. These sessions are fun, diverse, and informal. At Ignite talks, presenters have five minutes and 20 slides to share a unique project or a specific passion.
Without using the library buzzwords “readers’ advisory” or “booktalking,” Ann Patchett spent the first half of her appearance at the PLA President’s Program describing her passion for the former, and the second half displaying her skill with the latter.
The Games and Gaming Roundtable hosted a panel of experts (including yours truly) in which the discussion focused on different ways of blending games and play with the power of creation and makerspaces.
It made sense for Giada De Laurentiis to speak to a room full of librarians. Her new series of children’s books, Giada De Laurentiis’s Recipe for Adventure, will be published starting in September. For her, the books were a “passion project,” rooted in her experience as a child.
As I prepared to attend my first ALA Annual Conference, several colleagues advised me to attend a few sessions outside of the academic realm.
When it comes to marketing, who couldn’t use a little help from their friends? Thankfully, LLAMA’s PR Xchange on Sunday provided librarians the opportunity to sample some of what has been judged to be the year’s the best marketing materials.
“Maker” seems to be one of librarians’ favorite buzz words right now and, frankly, as I’m not working in public libraries and I haven’t been working with students for the past year, I guess I just haven’t been getting it.
At “Makerspaces: Creating, Exploring, Pitfalls,” sponsored by the Library and Information Technology Association, four successful makerspace enthusiasts discussed what makes a makerspace, and what gets made in those spaces.
So, it was cool to find out zombies and Google are on our side in the fight to for information literacy.