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Appendix B: Contact Information for Case Studies
Jenny Levine


2008 may be remembered as the year in which gaming became just like any other service in libraries, with librarians implementing gaming initiatives that look very much like those we already offer for books, movies, music, and computers for as varied an audience as other library services are offered. In this third issue of Library Technology Reports devoted to the topic of gaming in libraries, we will examine some of the most common themes being noted and shared by librarians and illustrate them with five case studies.

The idea of gaming in libraries is no longer new or strange. The case studies described in this LTR are just a few of the success stories we have seen during the last twelve to eighteen months highlighting the potential of gaming as a library service. There is no demographic left untouched by gaming in today's world. Whether your goal is to offer recreation around content (similar to book discussion groups and craft programs), social communal space (adult programming, rooms for knitters), literacy programs (storytime), interactions between different demographics (family events, multigenerational programming), or something else altogether, gaming may be a good opportunity to try something new with a low barrier to entry in terms of cost and resources. Ask yourself what outcomes you want to achieve at your library, and reflect on these case studies to see how gaming can help you achieve them.

Ann Arbor (MI) District Library

Eli Neiburger

Associate Director for IT and Production

343 South Fifth Avenue

Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104

(734) 327-4245

Downers Grove (IL) Public Library

Christopher Bowen

Library Director

1050 Curtiss Street

Downers Grove, IL 60515

(630) 963-2595

John C. Fremont (CO) Library District

Kieran Hixon

Office and Tech Services

130 Church Ave.

Florence, CO 81226

(719) 784-4649

Library Mini Golf

Richard Bolton


To schedule an event, contact

John R. Gulick

2825 Via Paloma Drive

Punta Gorda, Fl 33950

(941) 204-0006

Other LMG staff:

Robert Gulick

Nebraska Library Commission

Rod Wagner, Director

Nebraska Library Commission

(402) 471-4001

Other NLC staff:

Christa Burns

Devra Dragos

Susan Knisely

Allana Novotny

Michael Sauers

Oak Park (IL) Public Library

Monica Harris

Adult and Teen Services Librarian

Other OPPL staff:

Jennifer Czajka

Mandy McGee

Rory Parilac

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