Bringing Big Outdoor Games into the Academic Library, the Why and How

Big, outdoor games like "Capture the Flag" or "Humans v Zombies" held inside an academic library can get large numbers of students in the library, and encourage them to come back to the Library when they need research assistance or other library services. This webinar will give attendees the information they need to decide if big games are right for them while also working through some of the initial planning stages with the other webinar participants and the presenter. We will discuss how to plan and fund these events, staff these events and market these events as well as how to assess these effectiveness of these events.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Attendees will gain an understanding of the potential value of hosting big, outdoor games in an academic library.
  2. Attendees will learn how to plan and implement big, outdoor games in an academic library
  3. Attendees will learn how to find local resources to support, fund, and market big, outdoor games like “Capture the Flag” and “Humans v. Zombies”

Who Should Attend

  1. Outreach Librarians
  2. First Year Experience Librarians
  3. Marketing Librarians


Hubert "Hu" David Womack is an Outreach and Instruction Librarian in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University, in Winston Salem, NC. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 1990 with a BA in English and Studio Art. Hu received his MBA from the Babcock School at Wake Forest in 2000 and completed his LIS degree from UNC-Greensboro in 2008. He currently serves as a member of Research, Instruction and Technology Services team, offering both bibliographic instruction and technology workshops to faculty and students. He is also the liaison for the departments of Sociology and Communication, and serves on the Freshman Orientation Committee. His publications include co-authoring a chapter on gaming in academic libraries in “Gaming in Academic Libraries: Collections, Marketing, and Information Literacy” published by the Association of College and Research Libraries in 2008, co-authoring an article in North Carolina Libraries titled 'Debating' the Merits of Clickers in an Academic Library (v. 66 no. 1/2 Spring/Summer 2008 p. 20-4), and co-authoring a chapter on the research needs of international graduate student entitled “Connecting@ZSR: Meeting the Research Needs of International Graduate Students” in the book “International Students and Academic Libraries: Initiatives for Success” published by the Association of College and Research Libraries in 2011.


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