UNC at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS) alumna Olivia Miller (MSLS ’13) has been selected to present results of her master’s paper research at the Greensboro College Colloquium Series in November. Miller’s presentation is titled “Video Game Design: A Librarian’s Perspective.”
“The academic field of video game design is fairly new and many librarians and fellow academics are unaware of what these students need and use to learn how to create entertaining and aesthetically pleasing video games,” said Miller. “Earlier this year I conducted research with a group of video game design students in order to determine how they seek, need and use information for their academic and professional lives.”
The idea for this presentation was developed in a course Miller took while still a SILS student.
“I came up with the idea in the “Art and Visual Information” course taught at SILS a few semesters ago,” said Miller. “I wanted to do something with information behavior and art students for a class project. I had a friend studying video game design so I thought to research to see if there is any LIS literature about it. There wasn't! I asked around on the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) listserv to see how art librarians felt about this and got an overwhelming response that they didn't know enough about this population.”
Since leaving SILS, Miller has begun the job hunt and is working on broadening her skill set. She is currently learning more HTML and CSS as well as volunteering at the Lowcountry Digital Library in Charleston, SC to get experience with digital librarianship and metadata. She feels that her time at SILS was crucial in making her research possible.
“Heather Gendron suggested that I should do more with this topic and get involved with ARLIS/NA and Diane Kelly, my master's paper advisor, helped me develop my idea into something attainable,” Miller said. “The support I received at SILS was incredibly important to me while completing this research and doing as much with it as possible.”
In addition to having the opportunity to present at the Colloquium Series in November, Miller’s research will also be published in next spring’s issue of Art Documentation.
Note: A Facebook event has been created for Miller's talk. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/574461219268818/