Welcome to The Video Game Librarian

The Video Game Librarian is a site for librarians that offers resources and tips on how games can be integrated into your library.

You’ll find programming ideas, stories about what other librarians are doing with games, a catalog of game-related books to help your patrons dive deeper into the history of games, updates on professional conferences, and collection development strategies, as well as a weekly roundup of news about the latest game releases.

If you’ve ever wanted to know how the ESRB works, how to build a core collection, or how to put on a game tournament… you’ve definitely come to the right place.

About The Video Game Librarian
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, along with a handful of library blogs and textbooks.

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.