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The Librarian's Guide to Gaming:

An Online Toolkit for Building Gaming ala @your library  logo



Liz Danforth, librarian"Play games yourself, for fun. There is no substitute for this; gaming is experiential."

~Liz Danforth,
Pima County Library
Tucson, AZ



Got a question about the toolkit? Want to submit your model program? Email Beth Gallaway at

Expert Panel

The following individuals make up the expert group for Libraries, Literacy, and Gaming Project, and field many questions about gaming.

Project Director

Dale Lipschultz
Dale Lipschultz
Literacy Officer, Office for Literacy and Outreach Services
American Library Association
50 E. Huron Dr.
Chicago, IL 60611
1.800.545.2433 ext 3275
expertise: grants, literacy, outreach



Kelly Czarnecki, librarianKelly Czarnecki
Technology Education Librarian
ImaginOn, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
300 East Seventh St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 973-2742
expertise: organizing system wide videogaming tournaments for teens, video game creation classes for youth, online gaming with other libraries, gaming with incarcerated teens, machinima, advocacy, family game nights, and gaming with a school library

Liz Danforth, librarianLiz Danforth
Library Associate
Pima County Public Library
101 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ  85701
expertise: videogaming programs, gaming industry


Christopher Harris, librarian Christopher Harris
Coordinator of the School Library System
Genesee Valley Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES)
80 Munson St
Le Roy, NY 14482
expertise: board games in school libraries

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, librarianLisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Head, Undergraduate Library (2006-2009); Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction, Library University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1408 West Gregory Drive
Urbana, Illinois 61801
expertise: supporting gaming in academic curriculum


Terri Kirk, librarianTerri G. Kirk
ALA Executive Board/ALA-APA Executive Board
Reidland High School
5349 Benton Road
Paducah, KY 42003
expertise: school library gaming experiences: gaming club, big games for information literacy, videogaming night


Allan Kleiman, librarianAllan Kleiman, Chief Consultant
Library Consultant(s)-at-Large
148 Liberty Street
Fords, NJ 08863-2042
expertise: gaming with older adults

Jack MJack Martin
Assistant Director for Young Adult Programs
The New York Public Library
455 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016
expertise: videogame programs in public libraries, grant-writing


Dwight McInvaill, librarianDwight McInvaill
Georgetown County Library
405 Cleland St
Georgetown, SC 29440-3200
expertise: videogame clubs in public libraries, grant-writing

EliEli Neiburger
Associate Director for IT and Production
Ann Arbor District Library
343 South Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
expertise: videogame tournaments in public libraries, grant-writing



Jennifer Nelson, librarianJennifer Nelson,
Partnerships Coordinator (Digital Inclusion)
Hennepin County Library Minneapolis Central
300 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis MN 55401
expertise: game design in public libraries, partnerships, grant-writing


Julie Scordato, librarianJulie Scordato
Teen Services Specialist
Columbus Metropolitan Library
90 S Grant Ave
Columbus, OH 43215
expertise: advocacy, videogaming in public libraries

Paul Waelchli, librarianPaul Waelchli
Information Literacy  & Instruction Librarian
St. Norbert College
100 Grant St.
De Pere, WI  54115
expertise: using fantasy football and videogame characteristics in bibliographic instruction


Beth Gallaway, librarianBeth Gallaway
Library Trainer / Consultant
Information Goddess Consulting
504 Ocean Blvd #1
Hampton NH 03842
expertise: videogame advocacy, videogames in public libraries

Jenny Levine
Internet Development Specialist and Strategy Guide, Information Technology & Publishing
American Library Association
50 E. Huron Dr.
Chicago, IL 60611
1.800.545.2433 ext 3275
expertise: technology, gaming


Scott Nicholson, librarianDr. Scott Nicholson
Associate Professor
Syracuse University School of Information Studies
245 Hinds Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244
expertise: tabletop games and videogames, research


Organizational Partners

Keith Braafladt
Science Museum of Minnesota
(Library Partner:  Hennepin County Library Minneapolis Central)
120 W. Kellogg Boulevard
St. Paul MN 55101
expertise: game design


  That Was Then: A brief history of gaming in libraries.

This Is Now:
A snapshot of gaming in libraries today.


Talking Points: Connecting games & literacy.

Tools to measure your success.

  First Steps:
Easy, low-cost models for beginners

Next Steps:
Models large in scope and scale.

Gaming @ your library is an initiative of the American Library Association.
This initiative is generously funded by the Verizon Foundation