International Games Day @ your library Game on November 15, 2014!

Library Press Kit

More than one thousand libraries around the world will celebrate the 7th annual International Games Day @ your library on Saturday, November 15, 2014. We invite libraries of all types to join in the celebration and take advantage of the following free publicity tools.

Libraries, be sure to register for the event in order to request a donation and be included on the international map! We'll be updating the map at least monthly.

Here's a list of the resources on offer:

Logo

Map

The shortcut to the stand-alone webpage of the map is http://bit.ly/igd14map or http://v.gd/igd14map - if you want to link to the map, use either of those shortcuts.

If for some reason that shortcut doesn't work, or you want to cut out possible errors from the referrer, the original URL is https://www.google.com/fusiontables/embedviz?q=select+col1+from+1pnaSGefHDOEqRbmdl-Pscio8UR1rDARbsAHFqY1U&viz=MAP&h=false&lat=9.265891742631307&lng=-32.723723968441185&t=3&z=2&l=col1&y=2&tmplt=2&hml=ONE_COL_LAT_LNG.

(See why we wanted the shortcut? We recommend using the full address only in actual web links, and the shortcuts in any human-readable text!)

If you'd like to embed the map into an online promotion of the day, you can copy and paste into the HTML of your webpage:

<iframe src="https://www.google.com/fusiontables/embedviz?q=select+col1+from+1pnaSGefHDOEqRbmdl-Pscio8UR1rDARbsAHFqY1U&viz=MAP&h=false&lat=-1.240231100600394&lng=-5.425729199999969&t=3&z=1&l=col1&y=2&tmplt=2&hml=ONE_COL_LAT_LNG" height="300" width="540" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe>

Or you can use a shortened URL, though this adds a point of failure by redirecting through bit.ly:

<iframe src="http://bit.ly/VB4gHF" height="300" width="540" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe>

Here's how it should look:

NB - this map is automatically updated roughly once a fortnight with new registrations. That means more libraries may appear after you post the map. So either avoid talking about exact numbers, or be sure to note that the map may be updated after you write.

 

Poster/Flyer

This year, with three partner organisations, we've got three versions of the poster! (If you're from a library that's not a member of any of these organisations, just pick a version with an appropriate paper size.)

What's more, the PDF version of these posters are particularly clever: the date line and the line underneath that are form fields that you can type custom text into! Leave them blank if you want white space, or type your own event details into the PDF before printing it - and you can even change the date if you need to!

For US libraries:International-Games-Day-2014-Thumb-ALA-US-Dated

For Australian libraries:

For Scandinavian libraries:

Sample Press Materials

Promotional text for sharing through library networks

If you're based in Scandinavia, the USA, or Australia, we already have volunteers promoting the day in your area. But if you're based in any other countries, and want to share the day with other libraries, why not tell them about it? Below is some text for you to send around through your library networks.

(Note that this will need to be adapted to your local needs - possibly translation, of course, but also things like the number of continents mentioned if your home culture considers that North and South America, and/or Europe and Asia, are single continents and not two separate continents, as Australia and the US typically describe them. Feel free to tweak to suit your audience!)

Free worldwide event for libraries!

International Games Day @ your library is an annual celebration of games, play, libraries and learning that any library in the world can join, and costs absolutely nothing to register for!

IGD@yl has only the most flexible of entry requirements - you have to have some sort of game-related activity in or around your library, on or around the official date, which in 2014 is Saturday November 15. That's all! The games can be videogames on a library console, tabletop games, social games, party games, traditional folk games - whatever you think will work for your individual library and community.

Registration involves filling out a questionnaire at http://bit.ly/igd14 that tells us a bit about your library and your plans for the day, and then gives you information about the donation options available to your library. You can also sign up for some international inter-library events that will give your community the chance to connect to other library communities all over the world.

Speaking of which - this is literally a world-wide event, with libraries on ALL SEVEN continents participating last year. Yes, that does include Antarctica! How's that for a great way to spark conversations about the importance, power and ubiquity of libraries?

We also have a press kit with posters and materials to help you promote the day in your library at http://igd.ala.org/library-press-kit/. And there's a blog at http://igd.ala.org which publishes updates weekly on a range of topics to help inspire ideas, discussion, and of course learning around games and play.

For more information check out http://igd.ala.org/about.

International Games Day @ your library is a non-commercial, volunteer-run library initiative auspiced by the American Library Association in partnership with the Australian Library and Information Association and Nordic Game Day, and sponsored by a number of quality game publishers and distributors.

In 2014, International Games Day @ your library will be on Saturday, November 15.

Social media and contacts

Follow International Games Day on Twitter at @igamesday! Tweet your stories using the tag #igd14, and we'll publicize them. Like us on Facebook and join the conversation there.

Not on Twitter? Use the contact form to send us your plans for International Games Day, and we'll post them to our blog. Don't forget to add your pictures to the IGD14 Flickr pool, too.

Help spread the word!