What’s Next for the Library? Gaming, VR and eSports?
Libraries continuously realign with institutional priorities, new academic program offerings and the interests of incoming students. Burgeoning interdisciplinary academic programs embrace gaming — not just game design, but also music composition for games, design/artwork, storytelling and more. With growing digital media collections, libraries are repurposing space allocated to housing low-use formats (CD, DVD) for gaming learning activities.
Should your library grow its game collection and dedicate space for gaming furniture and technology to buttress these programs? Explore strategies for successfully supporting gaming and its ancillary programs, and the role academic libraries can play in the enormously popular realm of eSports.
Diane RobsonGames and Education Librarian, University of North Texas
Diane Robson is the Games and Education Librarian at the University of North Texas. She manages collection development, game space management, programming, outreach, and cataloging related to games and gaming for the UNT Libraries.
Gili MeerovitchPrincipal, Pfeiffer, a Perkins Eastman Studio
Gili Meerovitch, CID, IIDA, LEED AP
Gili Meerovitch, Principal of Pfeiffer, a Perkins Eastman Studio, leads the firm’s library and innovation center practice in addition to its West Coast interior design practice. Informed by three decades of national and international experience, her approach to library planning is guided by her keen observation of human behaviors, which she employs in conceptualizing interiors for the firm’s educational and cultural projects. As a library planner and programmer, she is skilled at helping to reinterpret library needs in the context of today’s teaching/learning pedagogies and interdisciplinary engagement activities, translating new programmatic objectives and functional requirements into space plans that create trend-setting new approaches to space utilization and Information discovery. Her planning also takes into consideration the stewardship of the building and evolving use of the library.
Active in library industry organizations including ALA, SCUP and ACRL, Gili brings both recent and comprehensive knowledge of trends and relevant planning issues. Gili co-chairs the Core Library Facilities & Interiors Interest Group of ALA’s Core Buildings and Operations Section, is a member the Planning and Design Committee and, has presented a number of conference programs. She has also served as an Interior Design instructor, guest critic and a mentor.
Joshua NewportMath & Science Librarian, Illinois State University
After getting a BA from Illinois Wesleyan University in Theatre and not being sure what I wanted to do with that I became a computer programmer in the Air Force for six years, half of which was in Germany. I then spent several years working in retail while I worked to get into library school.
After getting my MSLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign I was Technology Librarian at a small, religiously-affiliated, liberal arts school in North Carolina with liaison responsibilities for the School of Sciences, School of Nursing, and the School of Allied Health and Sports Sciences before returning to Illinois and joining Milner Library at Illinois State University. I am currently Math and Science Librarian at Milner Library with liaison responsibilities to Chemistry, Information Technology, Kinesiology and Recreation, and Mathematics.
My interests include science communication, scientific skepticism, critical thinking, computers and information technology, and equity diversity and inclusion. I also have interests in popular and geek culture and the intersection of libraries and librarianship with popular and geek culture including the use of games and gaming within the academic arena as entertainments, the subject of research, and tools of teaching.
Sue ParksAssociate Dean for Special Libraries, University of North Texas
Sue Parks is the Associate Dean of Special Libraries at the University of North Texas where she has served in a variety of roles for the past 25 years. She is a member of the libraries’ senior leadership and management team participating in organizational, strategic, and space planning initiatives and serving on the UNT Academic Associate Deans Council. She oversees the Special Libraries Division, which is comprised of the Music Library, the Media and Discovery Park Libraries, and Special Collections and University Archives. Sue has served as President of CCUMC: Leadership in Media and Academic Technologies and actively serves on committees and conductions presentations for the American Library Association, LLAMA, CORE, the Texas Library Association, and ALADN (Academic Library and Development Network). Her research interests include employee engagement and faculty evaluation of administrators.