Conference Paper: Developing Video Games with Cultural Value at National Library of Lithuania
The following paper will be presented at the IFLA WLIC 2018 taking place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at the end of August.
Developing Video Games with Cultural Value at National Library of Lithuania
National Library of Lithuania
The role of technology and the Internet has significantly influenced learning opportunities and environments. However, for resource-constrained regions that lack reliable access to the Internet, or the electricity needed to power their devices, a striking disparity in access to educational resources emerges. This paper introduces SolarSPELL, a solar-powered offline digital library, designed to provide localized open-access educational content to the communities most at-risk for experiencing an educational divide. Through in-person interviews with the Peace Corps Volunteers utilizing SolarSPELL digital libraries in their sites, this study obtained qualitative data demonstrating the impact of SolarSPELL libraries in the field. Findings reflect the efficacy of SolarSPELL learning libraries in expanding access to the quantity and quality of resources available to these communities, the importance of providing digital content in a self-sustaining offline platform, and the ability of the SolarSPELL project to foster both information and technological literacy.
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About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.