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Drop In Demos: Games and Gaming

Jan Wilbur, Past President of NELA, tries her hand at Rock Band

Jan Wilbur, Past President of NELA, tries her hand at Rock Band

As The Clash “Should I Stay or Should I Go” and the Star Wars theme are heard in the background, members of NELA’s ITS Committee  have provided a drop-in session to demonstrate the latest in video gaming to promote this growing phenomenon of gaming in libraries. There’s a selection of Nintendo DS games and two DS devices , a PC set up with Lego Star Wars and , Mario Kart and Wii Sports, DDR and Rock Band, all set for folks to try. Surprisingly, many people visiting here are new due to this phenomenon and you can tell there are few people on the periphery just chomping at the bit to have a go–I think they’re ringers, modern day pool sharks. Games are projected on the walls and there are a total of 7 stations set up, pretty accommodating considering the size of the room. I dropped by at subsequent sessions throughout the conference and attendance was strong. Sunday’s drop in demo followed up Beth Gallaway’s early session,” Get Your Game On!” that explored the value of video gaming in libraries as well as ways libraries can develop their collections to target the gaming population. Beth’s handout from the earlier presentation is available at http://www.slideshare.net/informationgoddess29

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