Librarians are always looking for more resources to make their job easier, or update their skills. The Library Toolshed is a very useful resources for just such endeavors. Created and hosted by our friendly neighboring Canadian librarians the library toolshed has tons of useful presentations, programs, and training resources for librarians to discover. All of the resources you find in the toolshed are also created under the Creative Commons licence so feel free to do what you like with them. I’d love to see an American / Canadian (possibly global) team up for this site eventually so we can all add to the tools in the shed.
On a only partial side note… video games and libraries are becoming more and more commonly linked together. With library game nights, nights of code … making video games… and all sorts of other library events I think it’s time we paid a little attention to a problem most gamers don’t think about much, but we as librarians should. Video game accessibility is a major issue for anyone with physical or mental disabilities, and thankfully our friends over at the Library of Congress’s National Library Service dept. have made a amazing list of resources to assist us all in enjoying some game time.
The NLS Reference Guide for Video Game Accessibility
“Playing video games can boost creativity, improve problem-solving skills, and cultivate teamwork. People with disabilities, however, have limited opportunities to enjoy video games. People with visual disabilities may not be able to participate in highly graphic games; people with mobility disabilities may not be able to use a standard game controller.
Still, many resources are available for gamers with disabilities. Individuals and organizations have taken up the challenge of adapting or modifying controllers for people with disabilities. Computer programmers have developed audio games (or audio adaptations of games) that can be played by people who are blind or visually impaired. In addition, there are video game experts who publish accessibility reviews of new games.” (quote from site)
Hopefully now all you librarians out there will have some great tools to assist you in your work. Possibly even making a video game night for the disabled…I think I should go talk to someone about that idea now myself.