Gaming in the Library

By Linda Fields, Richfield Public Library Director

I received a Professional Excellence Grant from the Utah State Library to attend the Association for Rural and Small Libraries Conference in Sacramento in September. I’ve attended the ARSL conference when it was only being held in Columbus, OH and I felt I gained enough from those meetings to make it worthwhile to attend again.

One of the programs I attended was “Video Games in the Library” by Kieran Hixon. I chose to attend this because I thought “Gaming in the Library? No way!” Sometimes I find it wise to learn about something when I have a poor attitude toward it.

The misconception that gaming is done on the internet was the main basis for my attitude. Over the years, children and internet use has proved a challenge to libraries and it was a challenge I didn’t want to tackle. So gaming is not a new activity. If you think about gaming as internet games, board games and card games, gaming has been done in libraries for years. Continue reading Gaming in the Library

Professional Excellence grant, July 2008

 By Adam Winger, Utah State University Library

As part of my education in the Library Science program from the University of North Texas I enrolled in a class titled Academic Libraries.  The Utah State Library Professional Excellence Grant financially supported my efforts for the class, for which I am very grateful.  The Academic Libraries class instructed me in the variety of services and resources that many academic libraries provide.  I learned much about government repositories, such as the Merrill-Cazier Library in which I work.  I also learned about many of the current technological trends such as Radio Frequency Identification tags used for organization and inventory of library collections. 

The Academic Libraries class helped to inform me about the many things occurring in modern academic libraries.  The knowledge will continue to evolve over time but I have gained a sound base upon which I may build my career as a professional librarian within the academic community.