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What is it that we love about reading?
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8. AD 2005? VIII. Instrument for People Access to all communications
Particpatory Social Participation media in the interest of
social participation and
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While games have for many years engaged
the young in complex social relationships
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Civic Engagement/Socialization
Civic Engagement/Socialization
Teens, Video Games, and Civics - http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/263/report_display.asp
“Teens who play games socially (a majority of teens) are more likely to be civically and politically engaged than teens who play games primarily alone. Interestingly, this relationship only holds when teens play alongside others in the same room."
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Define
“gaming”
Card
Big
Board
Computer
Mobile
Online
Outdoor
Video
Card
Big
Board
Computer
Mobile
Online
Outdoor
Video
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Define
“gaming”
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Define
“gaming”
Audiences for Gaming
Example Mission/Goals
Bring together diverse groups from within the community
Provide new services to [teens/families/seniors]
Bring in more teenage boys
Strengthen relationship between teens and staff
Support literacy
Increase circulation
Multiplayer (4+)
Spectator sport
Game mechanic (collaborative vs. competitive)
Social – where you can add value
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Board Video
Mario Kart, New Super Mario Brothers, LittleBigPlanet
Teens
Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Rock Band, Just Dance
20-30somethings
Families
Boom Blox, Rock Band, Wii Sports
Seniors
Smarty Pants, Wii Sports
Wii Sports, Rock Band Beatles, Mario Kart
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Issues
Resources
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Resources
Cost
$300
$150
$100
Resources
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Staffing
One adult staff member for every 10-12 participants or per console
Teen helpers
Local gamers
Resources
Cost
Staffing
Hanging out
Resources
Cost
Staffing
Find a local partner to donate food & drink (prizes, too)
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Resources
Cost
Staffing
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Cost
Staffing
Ratings
Resources
Cost
Staffing
37 libraries currently using GT System – JoCo in Kansas
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Cost
Staffing
Beyond Open Gaming Programs
Further Reading
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