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Grant to Fund Resource on Games and Learning

MNU is the recipient of a $5,000 Carnegie-Whitney Grant from the American Library Association to develop an annotated bibliography on analog games and learning. The project will provide a ready-made, on-demand resource to K-12 educators, MNU faculty, and university researchers and practitioners in the region.

An annotated bibliography is an organized list of sources such as materials, books, documents, videos, articles, presentations, websites, etc., with a description explaining each entry’s quality, authority and relevance. The compilation will be housed in the university's open access institutional repository and cross-linked with its newly established Center for Games and Learning. Project co-director Lauren Hays says developing this resource will strengthen what the university can offer through the Center.

“One of the goals of the Center is to be a resource for educators and researchers,” Hays says. “This project provides us the opportunity to create a resource that will hopefully be useful to educators who are interested in incorporating games into their courses, as well as for researchers who desire to discover the literature on analog games and learning.”

Work on the project will take place between now and December 2016.

According to the American Library Association, the Carnegie-Whitney Grant provides an award based on a special fund first established by Andrew Carnegie in 1902, “the income of which is to be applied to the preparation and publication of such reading lists, indexes and other bibliographical and library aids as will be especially useful in the circulating libraries of this country.” The Carnegie Fund was subsequently enhanced by a merger with a fund established by James Lyman Whitney in 1910.


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