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FYE Collaboration

Zombies in the Library Introduction

Welcome to our Zombies in the Library game page. On this page you'll find some of the tools we used for our game. Please feel free to use and modify these tools to fit your library's needs. You'll also find some links to other libraries who have played their own version Humans vs. Zombies.

But how do I get my admins on board with zombies and NERF guns in the library? We've got your back! Check out our home FYE Collaboration tab for literature relating to collaboration and gamification in information literacy courses.

How much will it cost me to make the game?

We purchased the items below for our zombie game and spent less than $100. We've run the game with just over 250 students. That's excellent return on investment!

What do I need to purchase?

  • 4 small plastic tubs with lids
  • Crepe streamers in blue, green, yellow, black, and red
  • 4 clipboards
  • pens
  • 8 NERF guns
  • ammo!

You'll also need copy paper and lamination can be useful as well.

 

Script, Team sheets, and other important pieces of paper

You'll find links to all the game pages including our script, the antidote strips, clues, brain cards, and sheets that go in the kits below.

Marketing

We used Instagram embedded on one of the LibGuide pages for a clue and the Instagram Stories function was super popular with students. We used traditional social media, but we also made sure to use other advertising avenues and adopted an appropriate tone for the target audience.

For example, in a student services e-newsletter we said this:

Beginning next Wednesday, 9/6, you may discover some strange activity in the library involving the undead. The fall, First Year Experience students will be playing a zombies vs. humans game in the library. The game involves three teams, six NERF guns, plenty of brains, and some key skills for your research arsenal. The game runs at the library every Monday and Wednesday, from 12:30 to 1:50, and will end just before Halloween. If you'd like to follow along with the fun on social media, use the tag #bringyourbrains2017. We'll be documenting the battle between humans and zombies on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

For our faculty and staff newsletter we said this:

Beginning next Wednesday, Sept. 6, you may discover some strange, undead activity in the library. This fall, First Year Experience students will learn to use information literacy skills by playing a zombies-versus-humans game. The game was developed by librarian Kimberly Boyd and library specialist Amanda Roper after researching other university libraries that employ gamification to teach information literacy. Learning objectives for the game include searching the library catalog for books, evaluating resources, finding a research guide and using our Ask-A-Librarian service. The added fun involves three teams, six Nerf guns and plenty of brains.The game runs at the library every Monday and Wednesday from 12:30-1:50 p.m. and will end just before Halloween. If you’d like to follow along with the fun on social media, use the tag #bringyourbrains2017. We’ll be documenting the battle between humans and zombies on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.