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Update for 10/13

Video about Gamification in Libraries:

Video about my adventure game:


Video of Library 2.012 conference presentation on gamification in libraries

As part of the online Library 2.012 conference, I gave a talk about gamification in libraries and the risks of reward-based programs.


You can now watch this video at 



Video Blog for Sept. 28, 2012

This is the first of a regular video blog that I'll be doing about what is going on at the Because Play Matters game lab.



NASAGA conference early bird reg. ending 

My favorite conference of the year is NASAGA.  It's a conference focused on games for training and learning.  The underlying concept of the conference is experiential learning, and it's a conference that practices what it preaches.  During most sessions, you play a game that someone facilitates from their own domain.  You then debrief the game to think about how you can apply it to your own domain.   Most games are non-digital and have you playing with your feet instead of your fingers.   I'll be running a pre-conference on how to take your passion for gaming and turn it into something you can use in an organization.

Here's a news blurb they just sent out:


Join us for our 50th anniversary conference on Nov. 7-10 in Columus Ohio, Early bird registration ends on Monday October 1, 2012. Register today and save with the special price.

This will be a very special conference that celebrates 50 years of simulations and games for learning. 24 breakout sessions, three keynotes, two game night activities, and one amazing kickoff experience. Check out the details on our updated conference schedule.

Attendees will also the the first to receive a copy of our first ever book, The NASAGA Training Activity Handbook. It contains, 28 complete activity designs contributed by trainers in Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Philippines, Scotland, Spain, Taiwan, The Netherlands, and the U.S. Including five NASAGA Ifill-Raynolds Lifetime Award recipients. Each activity includes two variations and all handouts are available online through the Pfeiffer Website. Several of the contributors will be presenting at the conference and special session that that explores the book. You can get your book autographed!

Visit North American Simulation and Gaming Network at:


National Leadership Grant from IMLS to make an ARG toolkit

Scott Nicholson from the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University is the PI for a recently awarded grant designed to make an alternate reality game toolkit for academic libraries.   Dr. Nicholson, director of the Because Play Matters game lab, will be working with The Education Arcade from MIT and Jenny Levine from the American Library Association on the project over the next 18 months.


Here's the offical award announcement:

Syracuse University, School of Information Studies - Syracuse, NY
Congressional District: NY_25
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $51,895
Category: Demonstration

Contact: Scott Nicholson

Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies will partner with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Education Arcade and the American Library Association to plan, develop, and test an Alternate Reality Game Toolkit that could be used by libraries to create engaging game-based learning exercises. The toolkit’s framework will permit libraries to insert their own local content and resources and customize the game experience and learning objectives to meet their own local needs without having to build the entire educational game from the ground up. The project will focus initially on academic libraries and functionality that best supports educators and students at the college undergraduate level, but future work may extend to other types of libraries and target audiences.