Gaming expert to discuss gaming in libraries

Contact: JoAnne Kempf

Office of ALA Governance

(312) 280-3212


For immediate release

December 9, 2009

The next installment in the series of ALA President Jim Rettig’s ALA Connections Salons will be an online discussion with Scott Nicholson, an avid expert on gaming in libraries. The discussion, entitled “Gaming Connections,” will take place from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST Friday, Dec. 19.

Online Programming for All Libraries (OPAL) Coordinator Tom Peters will begin the hour with an interview with Nicholson. Nicholson is an associate professor in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University and the chief scientist of the Library Game Lab of Syracuse. In addition to gaming, Nicholson’s interests include the assessment of library services through data mining and participatory librarianship. Nicholson is also the host of the “Board Games with Scott” video series, the “On Board Games” podcast and the “Gaming in Libraries” podcast.

Following the interview, participants will be free to ask questions and engage with Nicholson and with one another to discuss gaming in their libraries.

The salon will take place in OPAL, a user-friendly site offering online rooms where participants can interact via voice-over-IP, text chatting, synchronized browsing and other functions. The link for the salon is, and a tip sheet for users is available at

Like its 17th and 18th Century European counterparts, the ALA Connections Salon offers a place for ALA members to gather and discuss professional topics of interest. Future salons will take place each month throughout Rettig’s presidency on from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST Fridays as follows:


February 20 ALA Connections

March 20 Next Generation Catalog Connections

April 17 Advocacy Connections

May 15 Education and Recruitment Connections

June 19 Future Connections

For more information about ALA President Jim Rettig’s initiatives, please visit .