CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The giant chess game pieces once displayed on campus in the 1990s made a comeback when the Mary and Jeff Bell Library held its first International Games Day on Saturday, Nov. 15, on the second floor of the Mary & Jeff Bell Library at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
During the event, nearly 100 students, staff, faculty, and the public had the opportunity to learn about computer science and related degree plans that are offered at the Island University. Students were able to have a day of fun and relaxation and a chance to meet other students and interact with them outside the classroom.
“The purpose of this event is to help students see the library in a different light and show them that it is a fun place,” said Jeff Janko, Library Information Specialist. “The library isn’t just a place to store books, study, and do research.”
The Innovation in Computing Research Labs (iCORE) had a table with various systems on display including unmanned aerial and ground vehicles, Google Glass, and the Oculus system, a virtual reality headset which has the potential to be used for both education and games.
“With Oculus, we can place a gamer in a virtual reality and have a person appear as if they are really in that other location,” said Burak Ersoy, Faculty Associate in the iCORE Labs. “But, we can also use it for science, to control unmanned aerial systems.”
Students were also able to participate in an array of activities including video games, board games including a giant chess game set, and a chance to win a free gamer’s swag bag.
International Games Day is a worldwide event hosted every year by the American Library Association (ALA). There are already more than 1,200 participating libraries in more than 30 countries and territories, including Argentina, Australia, Norway, Sweden, and Indonesia.
The American Library Association, founded in 1876, is the oldest and largest library association in the world, providing association information, news, events, and advocacy resources for members, librarians, and library users.