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Game Library Camp 2019 sessions announced

We are currently working on putting our schedule together so that we can release tickets for you to reserve. Before we do that here is the current list of what you can expect at Game Library Camp 2019. This isn’t a complete list as there will be space for discussion sessions to be added on the day


Creating a board games collection for lending (Newcastle Libraries)

Running board gaming events for large number of participants (Sheffield Libraries)

Prerecorded Video Presentation

Designing accessible game collections (Wilfred Laurier University)


Building a structure to support gaming in UK libraries (International Games Week)

Using games to teach searching using Boolean operators (Queen Margaret University)

Making escape rooms and escape puzzles (Norfolk & Norwich Libraries)


I hope you like jammin’ too: Running Online Interactive Fiction Writing Jams (British Library)

Adapted from Interactive Fiction Story Trees by Kevin Hodgson used under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license


Chess Clubs in Libraries (Chess in Schools and Communities)

Libopoly (Open University)


Finalised Schedule

10:30-11:00Introductions & Housekeeping
11:00-11:30TalkCreating a board games collection for lending – Andrew Venus (Newcastle Libraries)
11:30-11:45Coffee Break
Room 1Room 2Room 2
11:45-12:30Parallel Session 1Designing accessible games collections – Michelle Goodridge (Wilfred Laurier University)
Pre-Recorded Video
Libopoly: A game for staff training – Cheryl Coveney (Open University)Chess Clubs in Libraries -Dan Staples (Chess in Schools and Communities)
13:15-13:45TalkRunning board gaming events for large number of participants – Andy Slaughter (Sheffield Libraries)
13:45-14:00Organise Unconference Sessions
14:00-14:45 Parallel Session 2Using games to teach searching using Boolean operators – Robbie Lumsden (Queen Margaret University) How to build a structure to support games and gaming in UK libraries? – Darren Edwards (International Games Week)Unconference Session
14:45-15:30 Parallel Session 3Making escape rooms and escape puzzles – Elena Traina (Norfolk and NorwichUnconference SessionUnconference Session
15:30-16:15 Parallel Session 4I hope you like jammin’ too: Running Online Interactive Fiction Writing Jams – Stella Wisdom (British Library)Unconference Session Unconference Session
16:15-16:30Closing Address

Game Library Camp goes international

Image of Canadian Flag

We are super excited to announce Michelle Goodridge (Wilfred Laurier University, Brantford, Ontario) as our final speaker. Our budget doesn’t quite stretch to flying speakers in from Canada so she will be pre-recording her talk to be shown at the event.

Michelle works as a liaison librarian for Games Design and Development with an interest in outreach, information literacy instruction and games based learning. In her presentation for Game Library Camp she will be talking about accessibility and gaming, making collections accessible and designing for accessibility.

Slots for Talks now full. Deadline for Workshop Proposals – Sat 14th Sept.

We now have enough proposals for talks to fill all our available slots, but we still have spaces for further workshop proposals. In order to ensure we have our schedule ready for the release of tickets we are placing a deadline of 14th September on all further workshop proposals.

Our submission form can be found at

You are welcome to submit proposals of topics for the unconference sessions via the Google form up to 5pm 8th November when we will close the form. After this you’ll only be able to suggest topics in person at Game Library Camp

For all you comics fans

Running over the same weekend as Game Library Camp 2019 is the Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival – the UK’s largest comic art festival; a week long celebration of comics, illustration, animation and more.

The main convention will be hosted at Harrogate Convention Centre with festival events in Leeds, Bradford and beyond.

Some of the Game Library Camp team will be hanging around for this on the Sunday so let us know if you will be too.

First content announced

We are pleased to announce the first set of topics for Game Library Camp 2019.

Darren Edwards (International Games Week) – Building a structure to support gaming in UK libraries: future proofing IGW in the UK.

Stella Wisdom (British Library) – I hope you like jammin’ too: Running Online Interactive Fiction Writing Jams

Andrew Venus and Patrick Stringer (Newcastle Libraries) – Creating a board games collection for lending

Photo of Boardgames on shelves at Thirsty Meeples board game cafe in Oxford
Adapted from In boardgame land by Kristina D.C. Hoeppner CC BY-SA 2.0

Dan Staples (Chess in Schools and Communities) – Chess clubs in libraries

Elena Traina (Norfolk Libraries) – Running Escape Rooms and Escape Puzzles

Call for Proposals

Do you have ideas on the use of games in libraries that you want to share, games you want to test, questions you want to explore?

Photo of schedule of sessions at Game Library Camp 2017
Unconference sessions at Game Library Camp 2017

We are pleased to open the call for proposals for workshops and talks at Game Library Camp 2019. We are looking for submissions relating to the intersection of games of all types and libraries across all sectors.

Talks ≈ 30 mins – We have time for a very limited number of talks on subjects related to games in libraries that will be of general interest to library staff across sectors. ALL TALK SLOTS HAVE NOW BEEN TAKEN

Workshops ≈ 40 mins – Interactive sessions in which attendees will actively participate. This could include making, testing or playing games, structured play activities, writing, coding or anything else hands on and practical. We aim to fit as many of these in as possible and will have several parallel sessions.

Story Living Games demonstrating a WWII educational game at Game Library Camp 2017

Discussions sessions ≈ 40 mins – Discussion sessions will be organised on the day in an unconference style. However we are looking for people who are willing to moderate these sessions. If you are interested in discussing specific topics on the day and are willing to help moderate sessions please let us know.

Discussion session on libraries as a venue for gaming, streaming events and video game tournaments at Game Library Camp 2017

Something else? – We are open to suggestions for other content and our schedule will be arranged around your submissions. If you want to do something shorter, say a Flash Talk, or something longer like an Alternate Reality Game (ARG) feel free to propose those too.

To submit your proposal please complete this form

Save the Date – Saturday 9th November

We are pleased to announce the second Game Library Camp will be held at Leeds Central Library on Saturday 9th November, times to be confirmed.

The event is a collaboration between Darren Edwards (UK Coordinator for ALA International Games Week), CILIP PMLG, & Leeds Libraries. The event is FREE but will be ticketed via the CILIP website.

This time we are expanding from a half day event to run a full day of talks, workshops and unconference style discussion sessions on the use of games and play in libraries. We will be opening a call for proposals of workshops shortly.

Though this event is being run with CILIP’s Public and Mobile Libraries group it is open to anyone interested in sharing ideas on how to use games in libraries across sectors. The previous event at the British Library in 2017 attracted LIS professionals from a wide range of sectors, those in the wider cultural sector as well as games designers and reviewers.