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What are these kids going to expect when they get to your library?

This is a question asked by Jenny Levine of ALA, and author of The Shifted Librarian blog, in her talk this morning in reference to a photo of a group of happy kids who are in the public library at a weekly gaming tournament. Kids are forming positive images and high expectations of their public library when they are provided with gaming programs and other programs aimed at them. In fact at the Ann Arbor District Library the kids created their own website about the gaming they were so excited about their experience at the library. With these types of expectations of their libraries what are they going to think about an academic library when the arrive on campus. Interesting question…

She mentioned the UIUC gaming collection as an attempt from an academic library to connect with their users through gaming. UIUC, Wake Forest, and Georgia Tech are known to have very successful gaming nights.