Gaming... in da Library?!
February 13, 2013
US-Embassy expert speaker Eli Neiburger, hipster librarian and “mover&shaker” (according to the Library Journal) from the Ann Arbor District Library in Michigan engaged some 80 youth, young adults, and library professionals who had flocked to the state library in Karlsruhe on February 13 in a lively discussion on the importance of gaming in education. Co-organized by the Karlsruhe Network for Information Competency (NIKKA), which includes the five major local libraries and targets especially students, the program featured Eli’s inspriring presentation on the changing world of information, game-based learning, and the rapidly evolving media landscape, and ended with an outlook on how librarians could turn these challenges into opportunities for attracting new users. Before the evening program, Eli had discussed this new role of libraries with representatives of the German American Institute (GAI) in Tübingen, which is Ann Arbor’s sister city. He emphasized how important it is for them to position themselves as an indispensible go-to place within their community and to be aware of its specific needs.
Overall, Eli rocked the German library world with his “very American” perspective on dealing with change and embracing new ways of involving youth.