Pokémon Go: What You Need To Know

Pokémon Go: What You Need To Know

Has your library caught the fever that is Pokémon Go? This phenomenon is catching fast and is getting people out and engaged in their communities. There are many ways that libraries can harness this power for good for their patrons!

Thomas Findley, Adult Services Manager at the Frisco Public Library, gave me permission to share their planning around Pokémon Go:

We here in Frisco are furiously putting together a “flash” social media
campaign to talk about it (as well as the information literacy aspects about
it), but really, it is just in support of bringing players into the library.

We are a pokemon “gym” where people can battle against each other.

The social media campaign for the next two days will be to drum up the
conversation about the library and pokemon go; then, starting on Thursday,
something different will take place: we will be releasing “lures” into the
library for anyone to come by and use. These lures only last for about 30
mins and so we will be setting them off three times a day, starting @ 1pm,
then @ 2:30pm, then the last one @ 4pm.

We will then set off a bundle of them before one of our Basic 3D design
classes on Thursday evening.

We will continue this across the weekend and try to get folks to share
themselves in the library using twitter/Instagram/hashtags.

Our social media team snapped into  action yesterday and here is a quote
from one of their organizing emails from our very own Library Assistant,
Britney Cossey: “If you play Pokemon Go, please try to take some photos from
around the library in fun places (ex. maybe catch a character on a book shelf
or on a One Stop). One of the things that is making this game so popular
(besides it being Pokemon) is that it is so interactive with the real world.
If we could find fun ways to show the characters in our library or on the
square, the better I think the posts will do. If you can get a photo of a
rare or popular character, even better! Also, we’re wanting to use a hashtag
for people to share posts and photos of what they catch, where they catch
them, and their experience of playing the game around the library.”

Combing the viral popularity of this game, a fun  way to share about careful
info lit practices, and engaging a very interesting demographic about the
library as a place to come  to and be, will be fun to see how this fans out
and inspires other things in the staff and users of this library.

Hold onto your hats people (or poke balls)!!!!!

-Thomas

Thomas Finley
Adult Services Manager

The info lit practices Thomas speaks of are the concern over access to personal information on the device. The Skokie Public Library is giving patrons a tour of several nearby PokéStops and talking about neighborhood landmarks. Each of their sessions begins talking about digital and physical safety. The City of Round Rock posted these safety tips on Facebook recently:

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This School Library Journal post sums up quite nicely what librarians need to know before getting in the game.

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