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Wednesday, August 17 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Building the Deck: Creating a Library Card Game for Outreach to Transfer Students

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University librarians and staff drew upon previous experience with game-based learning to develop an orientation activity for transfer students. A card game was selected due to the large number of students expected and lack of computers in the available space. Apples to Apples-style cards were created using a free online card generator. Multiple decks were printed to accommodate up to 150 players. The game exposed transfer students to information about the campus library system in a low-key way that allowed players with different knowledge levels to socialize and compete against one another on an equal basis.


Andrew Evans

Harrisonburg, VA, USA, James Madison University
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Kelly Giles

Applied Sciences Librarian, James Madison University
Games in higher education, academic libraries, information literacy, the eternal struggle against plagiarism, adventure games, text adventure games, board games.
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Jon Reed

Harrisonburg, VA, USA, James Madison University
Social media, services promotion, event planning, community outreach in an academic library setting.
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Kristen Shuyler

James Madison University
Director, Outreach and Partnerships, James Madison University Libraries and Educational Technologies

Wednesday August 17, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Varsity Hall Union South

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