What should wii be promoting in libraries?

Adventures in the Wild West Library Frontier – “I’m not trying to be a luddite here, or even really to play devil’s advocate. It’s an honest question. Does gaming fit in to our missions, or is it just something public libraries are flocking to in order to appear hip and relevant (look at us! We’re the library and we’re cool!)? Is it time to adjust our mission statements?”

2 Responses to “What should wii be promoting in libraries?”

  1. Jeff
    February 2, 2008 at 5:09 pm #

    It depends on what you are trying to do. The Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenberg County Library District purchased them to get more 20-40 year olds in the library. It was a $69,000 grant. It also brought people from different backgrounds together to share the same game field. Technaem http://blog.technaeum.com/ has more on this.

    I am repeating his actions by collaborating with Parks and Recreation as well as the new teen center to promote all of our facilities and a healthy lifestyle. It’s tough to exercise in the summer in Arizona :)

  2. Alex
    February 3, 2008 at 11:21 am #

    I think there are certainly some pieces of gaming that are educational and fit in with library missions, but not all gaming is worthy of libraries. Many of us remember the old Oregon Trail and Carmen Sandiego games. I picked up a lot of geography from Carmen. There are currently games out there like Brain Age that have big educational components and almost every game requires some level of strategic thinking.

    I’m not really in favor of gaming in libraries, but I don’t see a whole lot of difference between games and the popular DVDs and Romance Novels that most public libraries provide. Video games haven’t yet been accepted as art, in the way some movies have, but I don’t think that notion is too far off into the future.

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