Can Library Research Be Fun? Using Games for Information Literacy Instruction in Higher Education

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Georgia Library Quarterly, ISSN: 2157-0396, Vol: 53, Issue: 3, Page: 7

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Young, Jennifer
games; gamification; game-based learning; gaming; bibiographic instruction; information literacy; Curriculum and Instruction; Educational Methods; Library and Information Science; Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
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Collectively, the world's population spends about 3 billion hours a week playing video games. To reach game-playing audiences of all ages, educators, including library instructors, are embracing game-based learning to engage and motivate students the same way that games do. In looking at the collective wisdom on what makes a good game, and providing concrete examples of library gaming projects, this paper discusses the best practices for creating virtual and virtual-reality hybrid games for bibliographic instruction. The author explores the literature on gamification and games used for teaching information literacy in higher education, and provides recommendations gleaned from existing research and known outcomes.