Games without Borders: Gaming Beyond Consoles and Screens
From TechSource Gaming Symposium
Presenter: Liz Lawley (Director, Lab for Social Computing, Rochester Institute of Technology)
Description: Much of the emphasis on gaming in libraries in recent months has focused on integrating console-based and PC-based video games into library environments. But some of the most interesting recent developments in gaming go far beyond screen-based environments, engaging participants in a richer and more interactive experience. How can we take the best aspects and attractiveness of current video games and apply them in ways that are more integrated with the library experience?
As a special added bonus, I'll also spend time talking about the importance of libraries in educating the public about the value of games and gaming literacy, and issue a Call to Action for librarians to take the lead in this increasingly necessary educational role.
About the Presenter: Elizabeth Lane Lawley is the director of the Lab for Social Computing at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where she is also an associate professor of Information Technology. Her current teaching and research interests focus on social computing technologies such as weblogs, wikis, virtual worlds, and collaborative information retrieval. She also conducts research and speaks on the topic of gender imbalances in technology and education.
She received her master's degree in Library Science from the University of Michigan in 1987. In the early 1990s she worked as a Government and Law Bibliographer at the Library of Congress and then as manager of customer support for Congressional Information Service. In 1992 she founded Internet Training & Consulting Services, which provided services to a number of clients in business, government, and education throughout the 1990s. She received her doctorate in Information Science from the University of Alabama in 1999.
During the 2005-2006 academic year, Professor Lawley took a one-year sabbatical from RIT, during which she held a position as a Visiting Researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington. She's reprising that role this summer.
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