I'm thrilled to announce that I will be appearing at the 2010 Computers in Libraries conference in Arlington, Virginia next year presenting with three of my colleagues on the intersection of libraries and World of Warcraft. Complete information below. Please mark your calendars and join us at the conference. We have a great session planned for you!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
1:30 - 2:15 PM
Track C, C203
Bridging Community, Research, Skill Building & Entertainment with World of Warcraft & Libraries
David Lisa, New Jersey State Library
Bob Beck, Central Arkansas Library System
Liz Danforth, "Games, Gamers and Gaming" columnist for Library Journal
Michael Porter, OCLC
Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPGs or just MMOs to gamers) are some of the most popular types of PC games, especially Blizzard Entertainment's hugely successful and wildly popular "World of Warcraft" (or "WoW"). Many library staffers find deep value in the combination of a fantasy gaming franchise with a virtual, online social environment, and this value greatly enhances game play.
Moderated by veteran World of Warcraft player David Lisa, this panel showcases their experiences with WoW and how gaming is shaping the future in information and community access. Bob Beck of the Central Arkansas Library System will talk about instituting WoW as a library program and service. Liz Danforth, "Games, Gamers and Gaming" columnist for Library Journal, will talk about her WoW experiences and the positive impact of the game upon the players' lives. Michael Porter of WebJunction/OCLC will show us how and why he developed the WoW guild "Libraries and Librarians."