I keep coming across interesting articles about Pokemon Go! There is a lot of grumbling about it, some of which is justified. I think it is amazing in a lot of ways:

  • has great potential for orientation and team building in large companies
  • is getting people out and walking
  • highlighting little known historic places in communities
  • keeps people in their community by augmenting their community with pop culture in which they are interested
  • A lot of people, regardless of age, are engaging int he game. We had a multi-generational discussion about it over family dinner the other night. Even my 90YO MIL knew about it and was interested.

This is not meant to be a comprehensive list; go out and search on your own for the zillion other articles. πŸ˜‰

Everything Librarians Need To Know About Pokemon Go!

β€œYou’ve seen the Facebook posts. You’ve seen the headlines, you’ve heard about it in conversation, and you may have seen groups of teens and young adults walking around in odd places with smartphones and simultaneously bewildered and overjoyed expressions. But what is is this game? Why is everyone so excited, and how can I use it at my library?”

The above clip is from The Intersect Alert is a newsletter of the Government Relations Committee, San Francisco Bay Region Chapter, Special Libraries Association.

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From Andrea at MCI/SLA

Here’s an article about the way some non-profits have incorporated Pokemon Go.Β 

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Bronwyn from Victoria, BC pointed out a Reddit article and says she ” saw this fantastic post [no login required to view link] at the top of the front page. For those unfamiliar with the game; don’t assume that this is a youth-oriented opportunity only. My 20-something and 30-something friends are all over this game and appear to be following it wherever the pokemon lead!”

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Austin Gipanski’s article highlights the fitness aspect of technology including Pokemon Go!, but also talking about other digital products such as FitBit, MyFitnessPal as well as Employee Wellness Programs. He talks about the motivations of getting moving and how TV fits in.

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ResearchBuzz’s Tara says “I really am trying to keep the Pokestuff to a minimum, but I thought it was fascinating that Delaware State Parks was so fast off the mark that it’s already launched a Pokemon Go contest. “On Monday, the Division of Parks and Recreation launched ‘PokΓ© Park Adventure,’ a contest for PokΓ©mon trainers of all ages. To win, players must take a screenshot of their avatar in one of Delaware’s state parks, and then take screenshots of each PokΓ© Stop that they visit. Then, players must upload the screenshot to social media and use the hashtag #pokeparkde.” “(ResearchBuzz, 7-21-2016)