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Building the Future of Libraries with Minecraft: A Term Reflection Blog

Building the Future of Libraries with Minecraft: A Term Reflection Blog

Prior to LIBR 200, I didn’t really think about the number of information communities that exist. There are countless communities that fit the criteria that we learned about in our first week of classes back in January. To reflect on this is truly an amazing thing. As I started my journey into the Master of Library and Information Science degree, I knew that I wanted to be bold in my studies and always push the possibilities of what libraries can…

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How gamers are using technology (with community member interview)

How gamers are using technology (with community member interview)

Gamers are using technology every time they play a game, whether they play on a personal computer, console, or mobile device. But the act of gaming is not the only aspect of gaming that makes use of technology; it is also used to share information with the community. This technology encompasses both computer hardware and software and allows them to transcend their geographical limitations and share their experiences, knowledge and expertise globally from the comfort of their homes. I had…

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Stereotyping Gamers in Popular Culture: A Review of Pure Pwnage

Stereotyping Gamers in Popular Culture: A Review of Pure Pwnage

Socially Isolated… Addicted young people… Few real-life social ties These are just a few of the phrases used to describe the traditional “lonely gamer” (Schiano, 2014). This has been the stereotype of the traditional gamer for the past two decades. As Kaust (2012) states, “popular stereotypes rely on assumptions, are often mistaken for reality, and usually have negative connotations” (p 373). If you are a gamer, you know that this is an untrue assumption and if you aren’t a gamer,…

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Video Games, Ethics, and the Internet: Library’s Role in Access to Information

Video Games, Ethics, and the Internet: Library’s Role in Access to Information

Libraries are in a difficult ethical position when it comes to providing access to information (intellectual freedom) and resources to its users. Video games are part of an ongoing discussion that comes up frequently, usually in the aftermath of violent and horrific acts when they involve young people.1 It is easy to point the finger at video games but it is hard to draw conclusive evidence that directly links violent video games to violent behavior. One way that society has…

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Information Seeking Behavior, User Experience, and Community Member Interview for Minecraft

Information Seeking Behavior, User Experience, and Community Member Interview for Minecraft

The internet has changed the way users seek and consume information. Identifying how users are doing this is the key to providing better user experience for library patrons. I had the opportunity to interview a member of my information community and an avid gamer/ Minecraft enthusiast. When interviewing an information seeking user from my community one thing was readily apparent. Their information seeking behavior was largely taking place online through various user-generated channels like YouTube and Reddit. Typically Minecraft users…

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Information Seeking Theories including a Community Member Interview

Information Seeking Theories including a Community Member Interview

Gaming communities are becoming interesting areas of study for libraries and information specialists. Not only are they an enjoyable pastime but they are becoming popular tools for teaching, collaborating and communicating. My research paper will focus on three theories that best describe and generalize the information seeking behaviours of gaming communities today. These three theories mesh well together and synergize into a single coherent idea about information and its use in gaming communities. The three theories are: The design of…

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My Research So Far

My Research So Far

“Curiosity has the ability to reach deep into the soul and draw out the best and most engaging aspects of our personalities” (Kurti, R. Steven., et al., 2014). I found this quote when working on my literature review and annotated bibliography for my LIBR 200 research paper. I never intended to be a teacher librarian but I feel like all librarians in some form or another are inherently teacher librarians in a sense. This quote was found when I was…

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Choosing an Information Community for the LIBR 200 Research Paper

Choosing an Information Community for the LIBR 200 Research Paper

I remember one of the first times I saw what was possible with the power of Minecraft. I was on my computer and went to YouTube and searched very simply, Minecraft. I was hit with hundreds of results. People were using Minecraft for all sorts of mini projects, building houses, farms, mines, etc., but the one that really caught my eye was a full size scale frame of the Starship Enterprise from the extremely popular Star Trek franchise. I was…

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About Me: An Introduction for LIBR 200

About Me: An Introduction for LIBR 200

We live in a time where information is vast, accessible and both easy and affordable to produce. To some, libraries are considered outdated and outmatched by the ease of online search engine super giants like Google, Yahoo and Wikipedia. As a recent graduate of the Library and Information Technician Program at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario and a recently accepted student to San Jose State University’s MLIS program I feel that libraries are not outdated and outmatched, we are simply…

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