Get Recognition for Your Gaming Program

2008 is going to be a big year for gaming at ALA, something I’ll be blogging more about in the near future (including an exciting grant from the Verizon Foundation to educate librarians about gaming and its benefits). Right now, though, I want to note that if your library is doing anything innovative or creative in the area of gaming, you could gain national recognition for your efforts.

ALA Presidential Citation Recognizes Gaming

ALA President Loriene Roy is offering a 2008 Presidential Citation to libraries — and librarians of all kinds — that use games and gaming as tools for learning, literacy development and community development.

Citation winners will receive a certificate and be featured on ALA’s games and gaming Web site. Winners will be notified in mid-May, and winning selections will be announced at the 2008 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. Roy will present the citations at the ALA’s first open gaming night at the conference.

Nominations are being accepted in three categories: education, recreation and innovation, including creative collaborations. Applications are being received from Jan. 14 through April 21. Self nominations are strongly encouraged. Apply online at

The nominations will be reviewed by a panel of experts from the library field, the gaming industry, academia and philanthropy.”

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