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The Shifted Librarian

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The New Book Shelf (Not on the Library’s Website)

Granted, only a handful of the world’s library users have Superpatron to advise them, but I still think it’s pretty cool that Kate is displaying a list of knitting books recently added to the Ann Arbor District Library’s catalog. It’s not just a text list, though - it’s a series of book covers with the [...]

The Back Nine Stacks

At the beginning of the year, I highlighted a library fundraiser that raised $10,000 by putting a mini golf course in the stacks. Recently, I had the pleasure of talking with Rick Bolton, the guy behind the fundraiser, which is when I learned that he’s taken his original idea and expanded on it to create [...]

“SO EXCITED”

This is partially archival for me so that I can easily get back to this quote for future presentations and partially promotional because I think it highlights just a couple of the benefits of implementing gaming in the library. The quote below is from Monica Harris, Young Adult Librarian at the Oak Park Public Library [...]

Ignorance, the Ultimate Boss

How Videogames Blind Us with Science
“A few years ago, Constance Steinkuehler — a game academic at the University of Wisconsin — was spending 12 hours a day playing Lineage, the online world game. She was, as she puts it, a ’siege princess,’ running 150-person raids on hellishly difficult bosses. Most of her guild members were [...]

Unique GLLS2008 Presentations

There’s an interesting post on Future-making Serious Games titled Retro Remakes Competition: Serious Gaming For Accessibility that includes a call for “entrants to create accessible updated counterparts of real or imagined arcade games from the 1920’s to date.” This is a topic I hadn’t really considered before, and I’ve been learning more about it as [...]

Four Months, Two Books, and a Weekly Magazine

I’ve had my Kindle ebook reader for just about four months now, and as I suspected, the amount of book reading I’m doing is going up. I know two books doesn’t sound like a lot and some people read that in a week, but for me, this is a big difference. Before the Kindle, [...]

Add SMS to Your III Catalog!

Last week, I highlighted Ed Vielmetti’s thoughts about adding covers to the list of overdue books you have checked out, as well as the ability to text the location of an item to your cell phone. Both of these are enhancements that I, as Patron 2.0, would very much appreciate my library providing.
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READ in Second Life

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Another great READ mini poster!
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Pac Man Fever Redux

more graph humor and song chart memes
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BBW (Banned Books Wordles)

Using Wordle in Schools
“The idea of creating Tag clouds is not new or unique but the Wordle application offers those in schools with a uniquely visual way to view and/or analyse some text. It is very simple to use and the results are created quickly. The style can be changed easily, if required, and easily [...]