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Saturday, October 7 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Evolving the Library and Scholarly Environments

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Crawling the Library Dungeon
Megan Kudzia (Michigan State University) and Greg Lord (Hamilton College)

Come hear about the cross-institutional, cross-departmental development of a library dungeon-crawler game that blends the physical and the digital. After an overview of the goals and outcomes for players and the game design choices, we’ll discuss the development areas we’re still struggling with and how we’ve begun to solve them. In particular, we’ll explore ways we’re trying to make the game accessible, and how to make setting it up replicable for other institutions. We’ll talk about how we plan to assess the game’s effectiveness. Finally, we’ll do an interactive modified demo of the game’s opening moves.


Evolution via Devolution? Lewis & Clark’s Digital Scholarship Multisite, 2014-2020
Jim Proctor (Lewis & Clark College)

Building on previous experience with WordPress-based student scholarship, Lewis & Clark’s Environmental Studies Program launched an ambitious digital scholarship multisite, ds.lclark.edu, in 2014, intending to fully share it with other academic programs on campus. Now three years and some 250 sites later, ds.lclark.edu has made important gains but still struggles to be well supported and broadly implemented. How do we, and similar initiatives on other campuses, achieve these elusive goals? One partial solution involves devolution: rather than fully rely on centralized technical and training assistance, we are helping students, staff, and faculty gain mid-level skills so as to serve their own program’s needs and provide training and support to their peers. While we continue to pursue possibilities for college-wide support, this devolutionary approach may best serve our students in the foreseeable future. The talk will briefly recount our past and likely future steps in this direction.

Speakers
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Megan Kudzia

Megan Kudzia is the Digital Scholarship Technology Librarian at Michigan State University. She works with students, faculty, and colleagues in the library to work on, consult about, and teach with digital scholarship and digital projects. This includes working with the LEADR lab... Read More →
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Greg Lord

Greg Lord is Lead Designer and Software Engineer of the Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi) at Hamilton College, developing a range of technologies for DHi’s digital research projects including graphic design, web development, 3D modeling, and virtual reality design.   A lifelong gaming enthusiast, Greg works with... Read More →
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Jim Proctor

Professor, Lewis & Clark College
Jim Proctor serves as Professor and Director of the Environmental Studies Program at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. His research as a geographer includes environmental theory, interdisciplinarity, and new learning technologies, with work in the latter ranging from con... Read More →


Saturday October 7, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 241
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