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Mission I’mPossible: A Game for Network members

 

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Good morning Mr. or Ms. Net Workmember,

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region is inviting you to engage in a game where the mission, should you choose to accept it, is to accomplish as many tasks as possible to accumulate points that will, depending on your performance as a librarian, earn you a spot on the leaderboard and potentially lead you to winning the game.

Many of the tasks you will be completing will challenge and increase your skills and knowledge as a librarian. You will be asked to advocate for yourself and your library program, participate in professional development activities, increase you skills in the use of technology that can enhance your library’s reach and enrich your library’s program.

As challenging as this might be, we are confident that you will be able to take on anything thrown at you.

As always, should you or anyone on your IM Force Team be caught or killed, the secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions.

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Good Luck!

We here at the RML hope that the above introduction to the MCR Game we are calling “Mission I’mPossible” has stirred some interest within you – enough that you are considering play the game.

The Mission I’mPossible theme is just one of the games we plan on introducing over the next few years (this theme ends April 30, 2014). Proposed future themes we are looking at are, “Pirates of the i’Caraboutbeing a Librarian” and “Raiders of the Lost Arn’tcha’gonnaRaiseMyBudget”

For those who need more convincing, the concept of  “gaming” in the workplace is not a new one but has gotten more and more traction over the last few years. Simply type “gaming in the workplace” into Google and you will see what I mean. The RML’s venture into gaming is to offer another way to for Network members to engage in RML activities to benefit themselves – with the added element of good old healthy competition. We are also attracted to game play as a motivational way for members to share what they’re doing while at the same time trying to beat the pants off the competition.

If you really boil this game down, it is an online place for you to record the things you do everyday but earn points for doing them. When you earn points, you have a chance of winning the game.

A full description of the game and how to register is here http://nnlm.gov/mcr/services/game/

THE GAME IS READY TO PLAY NOW!!!

At the time this article was written, there were approximately 80 points available to redeem. Each month adds more game tasks. For instance, players can earn points by attending the live or archived sessions of Breezing Along with the RML and Spotlight on NLM Resources. There are Advocacy, Health Information Literacy, and Technology tasks coming very soon. But don’t put off registering to play the game. Some game tasks expire after a certain number of days.

The winner of the “Mission I’mPossible” game is the player with the most accumulated points across the play areas (Advocacy, Education, Health Information Literacy, and Technology) by the last day of April 2014. The winning player must have earned at least 110 points in each play area. The only way to win is to play!

We hope you will accept this mission. Good Luck!

For any questions, please contact John Bramble john.bramble@utah.edu

-John Bramble, Utah/Technology Coordinator

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