VideoGameCat aims to be a resource for educators and librarians interested in using games in educational environments, whether in class or as part of a library collection. To this end, we strive to provide original objective, reliable and critical evaluation of videogames (targeted toward the above populations), links to other reputable reviews, a database of award-winning games, and sample collection kits for librarians.
This project began in March 2011 and was generously funded by an American Library Association (ALA) Carnegie-Whitney grant.
Going forward, we want to build this resource collaboratively.
We are currently looking for volunteer videogame reviewers. If you would like to be a reviewer for the site, please review this information and contact us (email@example.com).
Who’s Behind VideoGameCat?
Shannon L. Farrell, MLIS, MS is a Liaison Librarian at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Having been an avid gamer for the last 25 years, she has a great interest in incorporating videogames into library and educational environments. She has conducted research on the topic, examining current use of videogames in libraries and the resources available for collection development purposes. Shannon is a member of the ALA Games and Gaming Round Table. Since she plays videogames on a daily basis, Shannon will be a regular contributor and editor of reviews for VideoGameCat. She also maintains the VideoGameCat Twitter (@thevideogamecat) and Facebook accounts.
Ben Rodriguez, MLIS, MBA has also been an avid gamer and entrepreneur for nearly 20 years. Using videogames to benefit others has been a consistent theme of Mr. Rodriguez’s careers. One of his companies hosted videogame competitions that allowed users to play games in tournament format while raising money for different charities. Mr. Rodriguez has also continued to leverage his extensive IT and business background to assist libraries with their technical purchases. He has served as a consultant for libraries IT strategic plan, is an active LITA member and sits on the OCLC minority scholarship committee.
Disclaimer about using affiliate program
VideoGameCat.com is using the Viglink affiliate program as a way to help our site become self-sustaining. Hosting for the site is expensive and we need a way to financially support ourselves. By clicking through links that we have provided and purchasing your materials from our site, we receive a portion of the total cost – which helps us pay our hosting fees. We want this resource to be continually updated and to exist for a long time. Your purchases can help us achieve that goal.