Saturday, April 10, 2010
Please Join Us at Computers in Libraries 2010!
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
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 and New Jersey State Library Consultant 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. Michael Porter of WebJunction/OCLC will show us how and why he developed the WoW guild "Libraries and Librarians."