Character Sheet

Character Name: M. Brandon Robbins

Class: Librarian

Level: 34

Skills and Abilities:

  • Over 10 years of library experience, encompassing public, school, and academic libraries.
  • Writes “Games, Gamers, and Gaming” column for Library Journal, 2012-Present
  • Plays video games.
  • Reads and collects comic books.
  • Hunts and fishes.
  • Has an innate ability to find good places to eat.
  • Knows a lot about otters.
  • Aspiring fiction writer.

Background:

  • B.A. in English, University of Mount Olive, 2005 (then Mount Olive College)
    • Honors Scholar
    • Sophia K. Potts Scholarship Winner, 2001-2002 year
    • English Student of the Year, 2004-2005 year
  • Master’s in Library Science, East Carolina University, 2011
  • Wayne County Public Library, 2002-2012
    • Library Assistant 2002-2005
    • Reference Assistant 2005-2007
    • Young Adult Services Coordinator 2007-2011
    • Young Adult Librarian 2011-2012
  • Goldsboro High School, 2013-2016
    • Media Coordinator, 2013-2016
      • Chair, Media/Technology Advisory Committee
      • School Improvement Team
      • Adviser, National Honor Society
      • Adviser, Gay-Straight Alliance
  • Wayne Community College, 2014-Present
    • Part-Time Library Assistant, 2014-Present
  • Southern Wayne High School, 2016-Present
    • Media Coordinator, 2016-Present
      • Chair, Media/Technology Advisory Committee
      • School Improvement/Leadership Team
      • Adviser, Gamers on Campus
      • Adviser, Japanese Culture Club
      • Co-Adviser, Afterthoughts Book Club
      • AdvancEd Coordinator

Notable Quests

  • Instituted gaming programs at Wayne County Public Library.
  • Contributed book reviews to Library Journal and articles to the blog 8bit Library and website Women Gamers.
  • Primary writer and project manager for ALA/Verizon “Libraries, Literacy, and Gaming” grant in 2009 at Wayne County Public Library.
  • Presenter at 2009 North Carolina Library Association conference, for both session entitled “Not All Games Are Fun: Video Games as Art” and poster session “Games on the Cheap.”
  • American Library Association Emerging Leader, Class of 2011.
  • Presented “Games in the Stacks” at 2011 Carolina Games Summit.
  • Presented for R U Game online seminar series, April 13, 2011.
  • Co-Presenter of “Project Visualize” poster session at American Library Association Annual Conference, 2011 as part of Emerging Leaders program.
  • Co-Presenter of “Got Gamers?” at 2012 North Carolina State Library Summer Reading Program Workshop.
  • Presenter for “Getting Boys to Read: Seeing Your Library Through a Guy’s Eyes” webinar hosted by ABDO on Oct. 12, 2012.
  • Contributor to book club project by ABDO Publishing Group, contributing discussion questions to assist librarians in forming comic book clubs that incorporate STEM and encourage literacy.
  • Panelist for “Generation C (Connected)” at North Carolina Library Association Conference, 2013.
  • Wrote winning grant application for 2013 Bright Ideas Grant for Goldsboro High School, used to fund adding board games for class use to the Goldsboro High School Media Center.
  • Contributor to Teen Games Rule!: A Librarian’s Guide to Plaforms and Programs, published November 2013.
  • Presenter of “Everybody Wins” at Wayne County Public Schools Summer Learning Institute 2013.
  • Co-Presenter of “Superheroes 101” at Wayne County Public Schools Summer Learning Institute 2014.
  • Panelist for Wayne County Public Library Comics Discussion, Nov. 1, 2014, Jul. 2, 2015, and May 17, 2016.
  • Presenter of “Heroes for Everybody” during Wilson County Public Library Summer Reading Program, July 14, 2015.
  • Presenter of “Shiny New Toys” at North Carolina School Library Media Association Conference, 2016.
  • Presenter of “Critical Hits and Misses” at 2017 Carolina Games Summit.
  • Presenter of “Pride and Justice: Black Superheroes Then and Now” at Wayne County Public Library, February 18, 2017.
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