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 International Games Week 2019

What is International Games Week? And what's it got to do with libraries? You might well ask!

International Games Week (IGW) is an initiative run by volunteers from around the world to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games.

IGW is an annual celebration of games, play, libraries and learning that any library in the world can join, and costs absolutely nothing to register for!

IGW has the most flexible of entry requirements – you only have to have some sort of game-related activity in or around your library, during or near the week, (which in 2020 will be November 8th through 14th.) That’s all! The games can be videogames on a library console, tabletop games, social games, party games, traditional folk games – whatever you think will work for your individual library and community. There is a thriving Chess community within IGW, too.

Since National Games Day started in 2008 over 10,000 libraries from 63 countries have taken part, reaching an estimated audience of 340,000.

The American Library Association Games and Gaming Roundtable formally collaborate with the Australian Library and Information Association, Associazione Italiana Biblioteche and Finnish Games Week on International Games Week. The IGW committee consists of 10 ALA GameRT members, (including Darren Edwards from the UK,) 2 ALIA members, 1 IAB member, 1 Finnish Games Week coordinator and a coordinator from Poland. There are also more informal relationships in place covering Japan, the Ukraine and subsections of Africa.

Library staff taking part in IGW are encouraged to write posts for the Games in Libraries blog, but this remains very US focussed (with a small number of UK and Australian posts).

The 2019 International Games Week ran from the 3rd to the 9th of November, and 98 UK libraries officially registered for the event, though over 120 are believed to have participated. 94 of these were public libraries. This has risen from just 3 in 2012, the first year the event was branded as International Games Day, through 30 in 2015, the first year Darren acted as official UK coordinator for the event, and over 90 in 2017, the first year it was branded as International Games Week.

PMLG are hoping to work more closely with IGW in the future, to help promote and facilitate even greater participation within UK public libraries - this will also, hopefully, involve working more closely with UK coordinator Darren Edwards, already well-known to us from his excellent work on our Teachmeet in 2018.

In the resources window below, you will find a helpful, (if slightly tongue-in-cheek,) presentation on starting a games collection in your library and two terrific case studies from Norfolk and Sheffield.

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Downloadable files related to gaming in public libraries.
Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Norfolk Case Study PDF (2.54 MB)  more ] J. Davis 18/11/2019
Sheffield Case Study PPTX (5.39 MB)  more ] J. Davis 18/11/2019
Games in Libraries Presentation PPTX (8.32 MB)  more ] J. Davis 17/11/2019
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