Welcome to The Video Game Librarian

The Video Game Librarian is a site for librarians that offers tips and resources on how games can be integrated into your library. You’ve come to the right place if you’ve ever wondered how the ESRB works, wanted help building a core collection, or need to know how to put on a game tournament.

The Video Game Librarian will also host a weekly roundup of news about the latest game releases, as well as information on what other librarians are doing with games, and a catalog of game-related books to help your patrons dive deeper into the history of games.

My name is John Scalzo and I’ve been a public librarian for almost a decade. I’ve been playing video games for a long time, and I first remember picking up a controller when I was three or four years old to play Pole Position with my dad on our wood-paneled Atari 2600. A few years later, my love for gaming was solidified thanks to an NES under the Christmas tree and a shiny new copy of Super Mario Bros. And there was no going back after playing The Legend of Zelda, Mega Man II, Contra, Tetris, Super Mario Bros. 3, and a bevy of others.

I first began working in libraries in 1997, and by 2004 I was in charge of another batch of shiny new games. But this time, it was the video game collection belonging to my local public library. I published the first Video Game Librarian article chronicling my adventures in video game collection development at Gaming Target a year later. In addition to my duties as a librarian, I launched Warp Zoned, a general information “news and reviews” site for video games, in 2011.

The Video Game Librarian website has been featured in Library Journal, ALA TechSource, Kotaku, Joystiq, Slashdot, The Guardian, and countless librarian’s blogs.

I hope you like what I’ve put together and please feel free to ask me anything by sending an email to videogamelibrarian AT gmail DOT com.