Library Journal News reported that Nintendo has donated 21 Wiis to public libraries to encourage library gaming!
Way to go Nintendo on such a great donation to help get users back to showing an interest in the library! After the research I did last spring on how gaming programs impact teen use of the library I really understand what a positive impact these gaming initiatives can have on library usage.
It’s great to see large companies like Nintendo supporting the library! I hope a lot more decide to jump on the bandwagon.
Libraries can make use of custom content generators as a free, easy, and creative way to create posters and marketing tools for themselves. If you’ve never heard of custom content generators let me explain myself before I go any further. Trust me, you’re going to want to know what this is. A custom content generator is a website of web service that helps you, the user, to take something (a picture for example) and customize it to fit your needs. This is also a form of user-generated content.
Some libraries are using custom content generators to create ads for their events. For example, Lewis and Clark Library System hosted a gaming night for which they created these really cool looking poster ads with different characters talking about going to gaming at the library. You can see an example on their Flickr account. One way that I keep track of the latest, and sometimes most interesting, content generators is through The Generator Blog. They usually post 2 or 3 different generator sites per week that can do some really cool things for your library or just might be fun to play around with. My recent favorites are the Pocket Emo Generator and the M&Ms Character Generator.
Meet Madame Punky In Your Face (they provide naming options for you!)
Who’s to say all librarians can’t be M&Ms out there on the internet?! 😉