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Ann Arbor District Library Summer Game: Building Community

This post is part of my on-going series on the Ann Arbor District Library’s (AADL) Summer Game.

An unexpected benefit of the Summer Game was the strengthened sense of community among players. Although players mostly completed tasks in AADL’s Summer Game alone, a strong sense of camaraderie emerged in the comment sections every time a new set of badges was “dropped” and players began to work through the challenges.

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Ann Arbor District Library Summer Game: Teaching Information Literacy

This post is part of my on-going series on the Ann Arbor District Library’s (AADL) Summer Game.

The “We are all Weird” badge did something very interesting: it incorporated basic information literacy into the Game.

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Ann Arbor District Library Summer Game: (Art) Fair to Middlin’ Badge

This post is part of my on-going series on the Ann Arbor District Library’s (AADL) Summer Game.

If you’ve ever visited Ann Arbor in July, you’re no doubt familiar with one of our most famous (some townies might say infamous) Art Fairs.

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Ann Arbor District Library Summer Game: West Branch Scavenger Hunt

This post is part of my on-going series on the Ann Arbor District Library’s (AADL) Summer Game

Yesterday, I covered the Branch Explorer badges. Today I thought you might enjoy a virtual field trip to AADL’s West Branch and the chance to spy over my shoulder as I complete the scavenger hunt there.

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Ann Arbor District Library’s Summer Game: Branching Out

This post is part of my on-going series on the Ann Arbor District Library’s (AADL) Summer Game.

So far it might seem like the AADL Summer Game was almost completely on-line. Au contraire. Yet another clever thing about the 2012 AADL Summer Game: it encouraged you to actually visit the library and explore. I’m ashamed to admit it, but, before playing the Summer Game, I hadn’t visited two of AADL’s branches. And even at my home branch it’s usually in the door and out again, as soon as I’ve picked up my holds. That was remedied when I decided to go after the two badges that required you to visit each of AADL’s five branches to collect codes.

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Ann Arbor District Library’s Summer Game: Points-O-Matic

This post is part of my on-going series on the Ann Arbor District Library’s (AADL) Summer Game

Points-O-Matic is a module that the AADL staff devised to crowd source cataloging and evaluative tasks within the Library’s various databases. Unlike the Summer Game, it is accessible year round.

I hesitate to call it a game, necessarily. It’s more “an ends to a means” kind of deal, although getting to spy on old photographs and read a wide swath of your fellow citizens’ reviews can be quite a hoot. Players earn Points-O-Matic points (separate from Summer Game points) that, like the Summer Games Badges, have no “real world” value apart from bragging rights. They can’t be exchanged for Summer Games merchandise. But! when a player reaches certain levels (100 tags, 1500 helpful review evaluations), they receive badges which are worth Summer Game Points.

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Ann Arbor District Library’s Summer Game: Incentives to Contribute

This post is part of my on-going series on the Ann Arbor District Library’s (AADL) Summer Game

One of the most innovative aspects of the AADL Summer Game, in my opinion, is how it not only increased awareness of features within the Library’s catalog but encouraged players to improve these features by rewarding them with points they could spend in the Summer Game Shop.

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