Aka Ironyca Stood in the Fire – gaming blog
Last month I started a new job at the Roskilde Public Library.
You may know about Roskilde from the famous music festival – Roskilde Festival. Roskilde is about 20 mins in train from Copenhagen, or as my friend so accurately described it – Roskilde is like a smaller Copenhagen outside of Copenhagen.
Sadly it’s only temporary, but I’ll doing a mixture of things there. For once, I’m being trained as a librarian, which I’m very satisfied with. When having a very knowledge-heavy academic education, you sometimes find your skills hard to define, they are intangible. You are good at producing, extracting and handling knowledge, but it’s not always pragmatic enough, and sometimes you wish you were able to just make a thing, an actual THING.
Since I did my degree in games studies, of course the THING people make are games, and I’d love to be able to, but it’s a slow learning process, and my motivation to learn how to code fluctuates. However, getting some hands on experience with librarian work suits my need for something more tangible. Also people can relate to it! Contrary what my family calls ‘the game thing you do’.
Besides the librarian mentorship, I am also being part of various projects, all of which I’m very excited about because they either involve games or more broadly children’s lives and play.
1: In a few weeks during the school vacations I’ll be introducing public play sessions at the library. It’s something I requested doing myself and it’s actually really simple. I’ll just need to set up a game called Johann Sebastian Joust somewhere spacious, get it going and hope it reaches momentum. It’s a multiplayer face-to-face party game, where playing becomes a performance. I love this game and always recommend it!
2: I’ve been included a little on the sideline of this satellite project, which has its offices at the library. It’s a website/forum for tweens managed and edited by children’s librarians featuring books, movies, music and games.
3: This week I’ll be livestreaming/recording/adminning a Minecraft competition with 32 competing school classes. This is in relation to the children’s library website mentioned above. I’m not sure the computer I’ve been given for this task can actually handle running a livestream…
4: I’m part of a team responsible for gathering and analyzing empirical data on what children want to do in their vacation. The purpose is for the library to be able to offer better activities for them and increase participation. In doing this work so far, I’ve realized that all my methodology training now comes in handy – very handy. We’ll be doing cultural probes amongst others, never done those before, will be exciting!
5: I’m also preparing to start up a gaming club/game-cafe at the library. I really want this to happen, but it might be a very amputated endeavor without good PC’s.