Playing games in libraries

October 7, 2007 at 3:00 am 1 comment

Max & TylerHow cool! Over at Carnegie Mellon University, there are library games that centre around helping students development information literacy skills particularly in identifying and evaluating sources of digital information . Called “Library Arcade”, there are two games: Within Range and I’ll Get It.

Within Range is simple enough for me! In this game you are putting books back on the shelf in the correct Library of Congress order. It’s a race against the clock as you move to more complex levels. I’ll Get It is based on the game Diner Dash (have to confess I’m not familiar with it) and the main character is Max, who is a student helping other students answer reference questions. You search at a computer terminal, finding results from a variety of different sources, and the challenge is to answer the reference question with the appropriate resource.

Go check the games out here at Carnegie Mellon University’s Library Arcade. Screen shots from the games are shown below:

Source: Research Quest

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Entry filed under: Information literacy, Information management, Information seeking, Information visualisation, Librarians, Libraries.

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  • 1. www.gamesandgames.info » Playing games in libraries  |  October 7, 2007 at 11:00 pm

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