Thursday, October 23, 2008

Board at the Library

On November 15 this year, public libraries will not be considered "boring" as it is the first ever National Gaming Day. The American Library Association has declared the following:
On November 15, 2008, libraries across the country will participate in the largest, simultaneous national video game tournament ever held! Kids will be able to compete against players at other libraries and see their scores in real-time online while playing at their local library.
image of Pictureka game.
But gaming in libraries isn’t just about video games. Hasbro is donating a copy of its game Pictureka to every public library branch in the U.S. so that we can set a record for the most number of people playing a board game at once! The goals of this event are to:
  • Raise awareness about the use of games as a library program;
  • Expose people to a new type of board game;
  • Establish connections between local board game groups and the library.

I think this is a great idea and I can't wait to see what libraries come up with for this idea (not only public libraries).

For more ideas and an update on this post, please read my  Loud @ Your Library post.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Updating LSU Libraries Ready Reference

This week is mid-terms for LSU and I thought I would send a much needed update. Though I have been slowly working on several Ready Reference pages I have now completed four pages. Those four pages are: Biography, Book Reviews, Genealogy, and Position Papers. The first two were updated in the past week or so. I am really proud of the Book Reviews, hoping it will help students all over campus and not just the SLISers when I mention the update.

LSU Libraries Ready Reference page:

Perhaps one day I will need to present a review on the updated Book Reviews (which went from six links to the layout it is at now) or the Genealogy page (which I updated in March 2008). Either way, I am sure I will stay busy. For now, it's back to homework.

LSU Libraries is on Facebook

I am so blessed to be working with people that will listen to me as a colleague and not simple as a student. My thoughts or ideas are not only listened to but often put into action. Last month I was added to the Electronics Committee at work and was able to give a quick debriefing about the library's newly created FaceBook page (yes, libraries are creating fan pages on FaceBook). After talking to a co-worker I was added as an administrator to LSU Libraries Fan Page on Facebook. Though I did not create the page I did add some enhancements and rather enjoyed creating a competitive library fan page.

Before adding anything I did some research to see what other libraries have added on their fan pages. I enhanced the page by adding the RSS feeder with LSU Libraries blogs, connecting us to LSU Information Technology Services Favorite Pages (to bond a connection and increase traffic flow/fans), wrote notes about current events, updated the general information, and created the LSU Libraries Links (FBML application- HTML or FBML, Facebook Markup Language). I am working with my co-workers to add a box for the card catalog as well as one for Virtual Reference (to allow people to message us from the page itself). As you can see, I am very proud of this page. I spend a lot of my own time to work on it.