Publications and Research

Document Type

Blog Post

Publication Date

Spring 6-15-2015

Abstract

This blog post is the culmination of a Twitter conversation between librarians talking about their experiences playing a phone game. The game is called Nekoatsume and it involves taking care of digital cats in a virtual backyard. Nekoatsume is entirely in Japanese, a key fact that actually started the Twitter conversation (and not the fact that the game involves cats, as might be expected). Despite the language barrier, Nekoatsume is remarkably user-friendly; library databases should be just as user-friendly as a game in a foreign language, but too often they’re not. With so many variables in acquiring research — design, functionality, search queries, tutorials — the outcome of research can be overshadowed by the multitude of platform interfaces, both within the library and on the open Web.

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Guest blog post on ACRLog.org, in collaboration with Maura Smale (New York City College of Technology), available at: http://acrlog.org/2015/06/15/collecting-cats-library-lessons-from-neko-atsume/

 
 

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