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Active Learning Workshop on Gamification at PSU

Posted By Lori Lysiak, Friday, July 11, 2014

The Penn State University Library in State College hosted the annual Juniata-Conemaugh Chapter’s Spring Workshop on May 15. Janis Stubbs, PaLA President; Kathy Silks, PaLA PA Forward Project Manager; and Glenn Miller, PaLA Executive Director, welcomed attendees and spoke on PaLA initiatives.

Tracy Carey, Centre County Library and Historical Museum, was presented the Exceptional Service Award by PSU’s Lori Lysiak, Chapter Chair, for spearheading the CrowdCourse initiative and for furthering library relevance in online learning. Other business included Chapter approval of sponsoring Diane Schmidt, Schlow Centre Region Library, to attend the 2014 PALS workshop. The Social Committee is hosting a sustainable winery tour and sampling of products at the Happy Valley Winery in State College on August 30 at noon. The tour for adult members and their spouses/significant others costs $10 per person. (Finger foods and water will be provided.) Please RSVP to committee co-chairs Sherry Roth, email: or Barb Woods, email: by Friday, August 22.

Brian Mayer, gaming and technology specialist for the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership, presented an active learning exploration into gamification in libraries. Participants learned how to:

*Assess and critique game design and maker opportunities that best fit their needs

*Create information literacy based-curricular support through games

*Design and apply gamification or gaming in their libraries


Contributed by Lori Lysiak, Library Services to the World Campus/Penn State Online.

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