This report first aired on Weekend Edition Sunday (August 11, 2013) and includes comments from:
- Baltimore County Library System: Librarian, Liz Slack
- Houston Public Library: Manager of Central Youth Services, Sandy Farmer
- New York Public Library: Director of Library Sites and Services, Kevin Winkler
- Johnson Public Library (Hackensack, N.J): Librarian, Keri Adams
- Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Constance Steinkuehler.
From the Text Version of the Report:
Sandy Farmer is the manager of Central Youth Services for the Houston Public Library, which has four Nintendo Wiis, four Xboxes, several Nintendo DSs, some iPads, seven PlayStations and a few big-screen TVs.
“It’s a primary part of our service that we offer, and it results in a 15- to 20-percent increase in the circulation of books,” Farmer says.
And while many have long looked at video games as a medium with little to no educational value, [Constance] Steinkuehler says that even 10 or 15 years ago, libraries saw games differently. Because librarians encounter a highly diverse range of patrons, and because they pay close attention to how people seek out information, Steinkuehler says, “They kind of understood the medium in an interesting way.”