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October 12, 2007

Academic Libraries and Video Games, Together At Last!

Here's an interesting link I found on the SI mailing list. The Library at Carnegie Mellon University has released two videogames that put the player in the shoes of a librarian.

The first game, "Within Range," tests your book ordering skills. Can you shelve books in the right order, in quick succession!?

The second game, "I'll Get It" is a bit more interesting. You control a reference librarian whose job is to attend to patrons by gathering their requests, finding related articles and books, and choosing which one is most relevant to their requests. There's also the job of dropping the used items into the book return. Those darn lazy patrons...

As a self-admitted non-librarian working in an academic library, I think these games are pretty neat. They're educating the public on what librarians really do (besides shushing people, of course). Hopefully more games are on the way at the Library Arcade.

Posted by hktruong at October 12, 2007 11:05 AM


Hung, by the time your ULA appointment ends, you'll have a much better idea of what librarians do. Two hints: it doesn't involve shelving books and it is a lot of fun and very challenging.

Posted by: janeblum at October 17, 2007 10:58 AM

Thanks for posting this, Hung---interesting link and fun to play the games.


Posted by: schnitzr at October 23, 2007 03:02 PM

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