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Saturday, February 14 • 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Connections to the Community: Developing Partnerships with Public Libraries

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Public libraries are an organization offering a connection point for communities that does not have an underlying commercial agenda. Public libraries create a space where immigrants, entrepreneurs, homeschooling parents, senior citizens and other members of a community can come together to explore topics and activities of interest.

In the last few years, there has been a growing interest in both recreational games and maker spaces in libraries. These two interests come together around indie game design. Public libraries are places for community members to explore game design and find people to share their game ideas with. This has created a stage where indie game designers can reach out to partner with local public libraries to run workshops and engage with community members for ideation and playtesting.

Attendees of this talk will first learn about how public libraries have incorporated games, maker spaces and game design, will learn what types of partnerships are feasible with public libraries and then how to go about developing those partnerships.

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Scott Nicholson

Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University
Dr. Scott Nicholson is the director and professor of the Game Design and Development program at Wilfrid Laurier University in Brantford, Ontario, Canada.  He also runs the BGNlab, which focuses on making games to change the world.  His specialty is in live-action games, like... Read More →

Saturday February 14, 2015 4:30pm - 5:00pm EST
Redstone Theater First Floor

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