Who Else Is Playing? The Current State of Gaming in Libraries

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Presenter: Scott Nicholson (GameLab at the Information Institute of Syracuse at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies)

Description: Scott Nicholson will present the results from two surveys done to understand the current level of gaming in libraries. One survey was focused on understanding what portion of public libraries do support gaming, done through a random selection of libraries. The other was an online survey designed to gather data on as many 2006 gaming programs as possible. The goal is to provide some baseline data upon which to better explore gaming and libraries.

Intended Audiences:

  • Pretty much any librarian
  • Researchers and Library Scientists


  • At any type of library

About the Presenter: Dr. Scott Nicholson is the program director for the MSLIS program at Syracuse University's School of Information Studies and is a research scientist for the Information Institute of Syracuse, where he is the founder and director of the Game Lab project with His current research areas include the intersection of gaming and libraries, participatory librarianship, and the evidence-based measurement and evaluation of library services. He also is the producer and host of "Board Games with Scott", a free Internet video series that teaches different board games, found at http://boardgameswithscott.com .
The white paper for this presentation can be found at http://boardgameswithscott.com/pulse2007.pdf

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