Board gaming the library way

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For Immediate Release

November 3, 2009

ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, announces the release of “
Libraries Got Game: Aligned Learning through Modern Board Games,” by Brian Mayer and Christopher Harris. The high-profile topic of gaming in libraries gets thorough consideration from two educator-librarians, who explain exactly how designer board games—which are worlds apart from games produced strictly for the educational market—can become curricular staples for students of all ages. Drawing on their experience as game aficionados and developers of a nationally recognized program that brings games to school library media centers, the authors equip librarians with everything necessary to initiate a board game project with:

  • Direct links between board games and curriculum
  • Suggestions for building a core collection across grade levels
  • Strategies for program development and implementation

Brian Mayer is a library technology specialist for Genesee Valley BOCES, an educational services agency that supports the libraries of 22 small, rural districts in western New York, as well as an independent library consultant on gaming in libraries. His focus is on modern board games and putting authentic games into educational settings to engage students with the curriculum. He has been instrumental in the growth of designer games as educational resources and has written several documents aligning games with national and state standards. He is the author of many articles on gaming in libraries and writes on the subject in his blog
Library Gamer. Mayer earned his elementary teaching certification at Buffalo State and his MLS at the University of Buffalo.

Christopher Harris, author of the blog
Infomancy, is the coordinator of the school library system for Genesee Valley BOCES. In addition to his writing on Infomancy, he is a regular technology columnist for
School Library Journal. Harris co-authored a 2008 ALA TechSource
Library Technology Reports issue on using the open source Drupal content management framework in libraries. He was a participant in the first ALA Emerging Leaders program in 2007 and was honored as a
Library Journal Mover and Shaker in 2008. An avid gamer, Harris was a member of the ALA/Verizon Foundation Gaming and Literacies grant national panel of experts.

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