Gaming and Libraries: Intersections of Service – TSCPL #staffday

Jenny Levine, ALA

1850s – libraries in Britain – pool halls in libraries, 1880s early chess club in a library

2005 or so – entering Eighth Age of librarianship – a participatory age.

Redefining what we mean by reading (Second Life avatar reading a book, avatars listening to someone else read a book in SL)

Gaming has been in the library (1850s) longer than KIDS have been in the library!

“stare at the screen all day” – it’s not passive – it’s active, and two-way

“he just sits there all day long…” – balance is the issue – shouldn’t read all day, play sports all day, game all day – gaming is not the problem – balance is

What would happen if video games would have been invented before books? – books are tragically isolating… no interaction, etc (Steven Johnson quote)

“aren’t social” – video games are actually very social.

“they already play videogames at home” (Eli Neiberger) – well, why do we do storytime at the library, if you can read at home? The library adds value to it… same thing with the library and gaming. We’re one of the last non-commercial facilities out there!

“Gaming is too loud…” Our libraries are loud, too!

“Libraries are about books” – and crocheting, and music, and etc etc etc – not just books anymore

“violent video games” – 85% of games are rated for everybody

Numbers – define gaming: any type of game. Summer reading is the biggest game in the library!

Who’s a gamer? Everyone pretty much – average age of gamer – 35 – middle-aged women are the largest demographic of gamers

talking about teaching a college-level statistics course for athletes – using Madden Fantasy Football

Gaming is a social experience for teens – gamers tend to be more civically engaged than non-gamers.

Games as readers advisory (from Beth Galloway): if you like to play Halo, here’s what you might enjoy reading…

Some libraries are offering Senior Spaces that have gaming as an introduction to technology. They use the Wii or the XBox, teens show the seniors how, then the seniors move to computer tech from there.

Library of the Future: Nerve Center of the Community – TSCPL #staffday

Speaker – Thomas Frey, Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute

Planning the future is all about epiphanies – Frey is describing an epiphany he had

He used Shazam on his iPhone to figure out what song was playing in a restaurant, then was able to download the song right then. It was a transaction that happened right where he was at

Then he thought about the camera on his iPhone… why can’t you point your phone at something you want, take a pic of it, and buy it? Talking about the future of retail

Someone walking by – if you like his manbag, you can point and click your camera at it, then buy one for yourself

Showing pictures of different innovative library buildings

Now showing pics of Jay Walker’s private library

Showing pics of futuristic, robotic vending machines

another question – what music do we listen to now that we sill still be listening to in 100 years? The more important question is HOW will we be listening to it?

Talking about a variety of “ultimate future things” like vending machines, music players, drink dispensers, etc.

System thinking – what systems are we using today that are the equivalent of roman numerals and are holding us back?

Also technologies – roman numerals were a technology

Older vs newer synthesizer/piano keyboards (not sure I agree with him here, but I get the point)

slide rule

discussing the time between the end of an era and the beginning of a new one – lots of chaos lives there!

what’s in this era that’s going away? Fax, paper checks, keyboards, computer monitors, computer hardware, TV, sign language, invasive surgery, etc…

The end of wires! Yay. telephone, cable tv, internet, power… Frey thinks we’ll see wireless power within our lifetime

Evolution of Books: in what year will the last printed book be published?

Gutenberg press… showing the development of the printing press… Expresso Book Machine…

Amazon Kindle – it’s possible that within 5 years, something like this will cost about $20. Will libraries start handing out these things?

Books might become conversation – much more active… we ultimately don’t know

10 Global Trends

  1. 2007 more people lived in urban areas than rural areas
  2. more people cross country borders – more mobile
  3. more new product launches
  4. 2007 – over 550,000 new businesses being created in the US
  5. 2005 – more women reported being single – over 50%
  6. people working through and past retirement – more than doubled
  7. minorities will become the majority in 2042
  8. smaller families, bigger houses
  9. coming boom in data centers – youtube adds 50,000 clips or more to its library every week, etc…
  10. most educated country in the world is shifting – right now, it’s Canada

question – how long before you can get a PhD without being literate?

however you get the info into your head really shouldn’t matter – ebook, audio book, etc are all good

Socrates – never wrote anything.

Future of Education

they did an 18-month study

transition from teaching to learning… teaching requires experts.

Open Education Movement. Example – MIT videos all courses, you can you can take them for free

Wikiversity, Moodle, Curriki – similar idea

Learning drivers – what’s the most important thing students need to learn today?

12 dimensions of the future courseware architecture

modally agnostic, language agnostic… courses from everywhere, managed online

smart profiler & recommendation engine – finds what the person’s most interested in, etc

truch and accuracy – most of what’s being taught is theoretical

certification inputs… how much learning/classes do you need to do this job

official record-keeping system…

Basically more personal control, less control by institutions and teachers

Libraries will become the working laboratories for the creation of innovative new courses in this new, more independent education model

Starbucks. Commodit level is buying your coffee anywhere

Starbucks focuses on the experience level

New relevancy test – sorta like google’s pagerank, but in real life. People determine how relevant something is (ie., a library)

Library building – important still

8 recommendations of the library of the future

  1. create a search command center – people come because they’re searching for information. Help people conduct searches. Thinks future search attributes will include things like smell and taste. Why don’t we have search for the physical world?
  2. remote office space – [aside – how does that work with the physical library as important?] – Empire of One (one-person, highly outsourced, business). Cloud computing. “business colonies” – groups of people coming together for a project (like how movies are made now). Frey says the heart of every business colony will be the library. Hmm…
  3. production studios. people now want to help create information… have a blogging station. podcast studios.
  4. band practice studios.
  5. entertainment studios… gaming. Virtual world stations. mini theaters. exercise areas!
  6. The Expert Series. many people feel uncomfortable with new & changing tech.
  7. Time Capsule Room – archiving the history of the community. let the public decide what it should be… maybe local companies will want their history archived…
  8. poetry park. a public park that allows community members add inscriptions… “electronic outposts” (sort of a digital branch library). Libraries need to extend their influence so we’re always in front of the community…

Libraries need to become Epiphany centers for their communities.