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Tuesday, June 10 • 10:00am - 4:15pm
Games in Libraries Day

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The Games in Libraries Day is chaired by Meredith Lowe, Rebekah Willet, and Scott Nicholson.

Join your fellow librarians for the first annual Games in Libraries Day, on Tuesday, June 10th in the newly renovated University of Wisconsin-Madison Memorial Union! Games in Libraries Day is a pre-conference for the Games+Learning+Society conference, the premier conference on gaming and learning. This pre-conference event will show you how using games in your library promotes learning and community building for all types of library users. The keynote, lunch, and happy hour are held in partnership with the Playful Learning Summit, a pre-conference for teachers on gaming in the classroom. Meet game-minded professionals from schools and libraries for this inaugural event!


8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Check-in, Registration, Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Breakfast and Keynote in the Great Hall

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. SLIS Student Panel
(Jenny Sessions, Casey Ince, Mary Vogt, Karlyn Hougan.) 
The panel will speak about board game programming in public libraries, with a special focus on the programs the SLIS grad students put on as the final project for their Gaming in Libraries class this semester.

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Practitioners Panel
Laurie Bartz, YA Librarian at the Hedberg Public Library in Janesville, WI will speak about Hedberg's Super Smash Bros video game tournaments, and making games with MIT's Scratch.

Dr. Deborah Fields, Assistant Professor at Utah State University, will speak about engaging kids (and adults) in some crafting/making projects that involve circuits and programming.

Laura Damon-Moore, Asst. Director of the Eager Free Public Library in Evansville, WI will speak about Minecraft and Sploder programs for libraries.  

12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch on Tripp Deck, followed by an Expo with Coffee & Dessert in the Main Lounge

1:30 – 4:15 p.m. Game Making Workshop with Scott Nicholson, Associate Professor at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University

4:15 - 4:30 p.m. Evaluation and wrap-up

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Happy Hour in the Arcade with the Playful Learning Summit 

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Meredith Lowe

Continuing Education Program Manager, The Information School at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Scott Nicholson

Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University
Dr. Scott Nicholson is the director and professor of the Game Design and Development program at Wilfrid Laurier University in Brantford, Ontario, Canada.  He also runs the BGNlab, which focuses on making games to change the world.  His specialty is in live-action games, like... Read More →
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Rebekah Willett

Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
I currently teach courses on young adult literature, multicultural literature for children and young adults, pedagogy, informational divides, and online participatory cultures. I have conducted research on children’s media cultures, focusing on issues of gender, play, literacy... Read More →

Tuesday June 10, 2014 10:00am - 4:15pm CDT
Council Room

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