Event Series | Play On! 2020

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jacquelyn.sundberg [at] mcgill.ca (Jacquelyn Sundberg,) ROAAr, McGill Library


Rare Books and Special Collections, 4th Floor McLennan Library Building, 3459 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 0C9, CA


To meet the needs of students reared, nurtured, and cultivated by video games since childhood, as well as the needs of faculty instructing them, the McGill University Library seeks ways to support the increasing presence of Serious Play in higher education. Serious Play incorporates creativity, innovation and cooperation as the foundations of new forms of immersive, intellectual engagement. In addition, novel interactive strategies in education, information literacy, and instruction are emerging daily. As dynamic spaces that foster and reward intellectual curiosity, 21st-century academic libraries can continue to be hubs of interdisciplinary collaborative experimentation by evolving to match the pedagogical demands of students educated in increasingly interactive and ‘playful’ environments.

Running 2020-22, our program of events brings together a cohort of interdisciplinary thinkers and industry leaders to convey best practices for academic research libraries in supporting Serious Play. Together, we will reach across disciplines to explore how play and games fit in the serious and goal-oriented adult world of the 21st-century research library, and what services academic libraries can, could, and should offer.


All events are funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Connections Program, and the generous support of Ron Harvie (Ph.d. McGill Art History 1999) and Doug Bagguley. 

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