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Games in the Library

One of the first things I noticed when I came to MPOW to interview last spring was a table, four chairs, and shelves full of puzzles and games. It was all just sitting there, near the entrance to the library, inviting students to come and have a few minutes of fun in the midst of their work days.
Throughout the school year, it’s so much fun to walk past this spot and see students working on puzzles or playing Monopoly together.

This nook made a lasting impression on me when I interviewed, and I’ve seen it make similar impressions on prospective students. Now if I could just figure out how to make lists of databases this inviting… I can see it all now: students huddled over a computer monitor, fiddling with search parameters…

Yeah, the heat’s getting to me.

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  1. Kari Kari

    I love this – your library looks so inviting. I wish my college library had looked like this. I also wish it had had librarians that seemed so enthusiastic about their jobs. Is it possible, actually, to find out if any of them produce a blog like this one? I’d love to keep up to date on what that library is doing, but can’t figure out if they have anything similar to this. I don’t know if you can help me…

  2. Iris Iris

    I don’t know of any good way because a lot of librarians blog without naming their institutions. But there are lists of library and librarian blogs.

    There’s a list of library blogs by county here. And Steven Cohen of Library Stuff is keeping a list here, and librarians are adding their blogs or their library’s blogs to the LISWiki here.

    You can also search Technorati or Google Blogsearch.

    What school did you go to?

  3. Kari Kari

    Thanks for the links. I will be checking them out. I figured it may be hard to locate specific libraries but I think it would be nice to know what new things are going on in some of the libraries back home, since I am so far away now.

    By the way, I went to Hamline University in St. Paul. And no offense if the library there is cutting edge or anything, it’s just that I never saw much happening there when I was a student…

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