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Contact: Dale Lipschultz
Literacy Officer, Office for Literacy & Outreach Services
(312) 280-3275

For Immediate Release,
February 11, 2008

ALA Presidential Citation recognizes gaming

CHICAGO - Gaming has been given the presidential seal at the American Library Association (ALA). And that means a chance for libraries to shine a spotlight on their gaming programs.

ALA President Loriene Roy is offering a 2008 Presidential Citation to libraries -- and librarians of all kinds -- that use games and gaming as tools for learning, literacy development and community development.

Libraries are embracing Web 2.0 and new services in response to and in anticipation of patron needs," Roy said. "We recognize librarians who are leading the way in providing exemplary services using gaming technology."

Citation winners will receive a certificate and be featured on ALA's games and gaming Web site. Winners will be notified in mid-May, and winning selections announced at the 2008 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. Roy will present the citations at the ALA's first open gaming night at the conference.

Nominations are being accepted in three categories: education, recreation and innovation, including creative collaborations. Applications are being received from Jan. 14 through April 21. Self nominations are strongly encouraged. Apply online at

The nominations will be reviewed by a panel of experts from the library field, the gaming industry, academia and philanthropy.


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