Gamers-- in the Library?!: The Why, What, and how of Videogame Tournaments for All Ages

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American Library Association, 2007 - Games - 178 pages
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Imagine: Teen and pre-teen boys, twenty-somethings, parents, and even younger kids streaming into the library. It's your library's monthly videogame tournament! Step boldly into a new arena of library programming with lifetime gamer and Ann Arbor's library technology manager, Eli Neiburger.As a leading expert on producing videogame tournaments and events, Neiburger explains why videogame programming holds huge potential for libraries. He offers the complete toolkit. Follow these practical and proven guidelines to get answers to all your questions - from convincing the skeptics to getting audience feedback through your blog.Learn how to serve this underserved audience and: gain familiarity with the basics of gaming culture, software, and hardware; understand how videogaming events fit into the library; learn what works and what doesn't from the experiences of the nation's leading expert; conduct a tournament in your library - including how to plan, set up, and run any size event; market the events, build an audience, and get feedback.Don't miss out on an entire generation of library users. With game-savvy librarians and this must-have resource, you'll soon be building a brand new audience of library-loyal videogame fans.

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User Review  - AG314 - LibraryThing

Traditionally, libraries have not engaged in video gaming events. However, Eli Neiburger, technology manager of the Ann Arbor District Library, suggests that a series of library-held video game ... Read full review

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User Review  - edenjean - LibraryThing

Everything you need to know to have video game tournaments at your library is contained in this book. Literally. Everything. Eli Neiburger is a gamer. He knows his stuff. And he knows how to make ... Read full review


The Gaming World and How It Can Be Appropriately
Software Hardware and Other Ware
Planning Your Events or Getting Geeky with It

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Eli Neiburger is a genuine gaming geek and is currently technology manager at the Ann Arbor District Library where he runs successful videogaming tournaments. Hooked on his first Atari console at age five, Eli continues his gamer ways, as well as speaking at and giving workshops for libraries, associations, and conferences around the country.

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