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Game Play and Game Design for Library Education

Thursday, May 6, 2021
4:30 pm
Zoom (by registration)

"Game Play and Game Design for Library Education: A panel on ‘Our LIS Careers’"

Presented by Arielle VanderSchans, Alex Mayhew and Sarah Cornwell (LIS PhD candidates) as part of the mediations Lecture Series.

All are welcome to attend. Contact the mediations Facebook team for the Zoom details.


Our LIS Careers looks at the use of game play through a blend of table top and role play game mechanics as a method for teaching students about the field of library and information science. Players work together to create enough impact through advocacy, reach, and credibility (ARC points) to overcome encounters they face in each year of their career. Encounters are overcome when their impact score is reduced to zero. Through their career players get promotions, enabling them to overcome higher encounters. The game ends when the card deck is complete. Roleplay to discuss various issues facing librarianship is encouraged!
This panel will bring together the original game designers and testers who have created a new expansion of the concept and gameplay. The panel will also discuss the mechanics and development of the game as well as teach the audience how to play the game. 


Arielle VanderSchans is a LIS PhD student in the Faculty of Information Science at Western University. She has a MLIS (2016), a MA in Linguistics (2015), and BA (2013) in English and Linguistics. She is interested in story-crafting and communities of practice. Currently she studies bookbinding through the Canadian Bookbinding and Book Arts Guild of Canada.

Alex Mayhew is a LIS  PhD candidate in FIMS at UWO. He earned an MLIS in 2016 also at FIMS. Before that he earned an Undergrad degree in Philosophy at the University of Ottawa. He is interested in thinking tools and philosophical engineering, particularly knowledge organization.

Sarah E. Cornwell is a doctoral candidate in the LIS program at FIMS. Building on previous degrees in linguistics (MA), and Anthropology & Cognitive Psychology (BAS), her research interests include multilingualism, natural language processing, and everyday information seeking. In essence, she focuses on the interaction of information technologies and human linguistic diversity.

Faculty of Information and Media Studies
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