Magazine article American Libraries

Creating Quests to Learn the Library

Magazine article American Libraries

Creating Quests to Learn the Library

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Product: Library Quest, libraryquestgames.com

Details: Library Quest is a browser-based "choose your own adventure"-style game designed to engage students with the library. The game uses original digital art to tell a story in which the player is the hero. At each stage, players choose between different next steps, for which there are unique consequences.

User (pictured): Craig Anderson, university librarian, RMIT University Library, Melbourne, Australia

How do you use Library Quest?

We use Library Quest as an orientation tool. For an 18-year-old just starting university, the idea of spending several hours on face-to-face library orientation can seem less than enticing. The game provides an easy and entertaining introduction to our services.

How does Library Quest serve your library's needs?

Students have a better understanding of the library after completing the game--they appear to see the library in a different light and regard us more positively. The quest has been deliberately designed to get a few key concepts across succinctly and in an entertaining way. …

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