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2018 Program Highlights

Thursday, May 17th – 3:00-3:50 PM

Roger Altizer

Roger Altizer, Jr. is the co-founder of the Entertainment Arts and Engineering, the top ranked game design program in the nation, the Director of Digital Medicine for the Center for Medical Innovation, the founding Director of The GApp lab (Therapeutic Games and Apps) and former director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Art and Technology at the University of Utah. Roger earned his Ph.D. in Communication at Utah and specializes in serious and medical games as well as game design and development. His heart and his research focuses on the importance of play and how good design encourages it. Creator of The Design Box, a participatory, inductive design methodology, Roger strives to include users as designers in his work. A former games journalist, he is an internationally recognized speaker who has presented at industry conferences such as the Games Developer Conference and Penny Arcade Expo, and academic conferences including the Digital Games Research Association and Foundations of Digital Games.

Program – Thursday, May 17th – 3:00-3:50 PM

Leveling Up Library Support for a Games Studies Program


  • Tallie Casucci, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, Innovation Librarian
  • Anne Morrow, J. Willard Marriott Library, Head, Digital Scholarship Services
  • Greg Hatch, J. Willard Marriott Library, Head of Creativity and Innovation Services
  • Christy Jarvis, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, Information Resources Librarian
  • Nancy Lombardo, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, Associate Director for Digital Collections
  • Roger Altizer

The University of Utah is home to the number 1 games studies program in the United States, the Entertainment Arts and Engineering (EAE) program. This panel presentation and discussion will feature the co-founder and director of EAE and a team of librarians who are elevating library support for EAE.


Friday, May 18th – 11:00-11:50 AM


Miguel Figueroa

Miguel Figueroa works at the Center for the Future of Libraries (, an initiative from the American Library Association. He has previously held positions at the American Theological Library Association; ALA’s Office for Diversity and Office for Literacy and Outreach Services; NYU’s Ehrman Medical Library; and Neal-Schuman Publishers. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s Knowledge River Program, an initiative that examines library issues from Hispanic and Native American perspectives.

Program – Friday, May 18th – 11:00-11:50 AM

From Futuring to Innovation

In this interactive session, attendees will take some of the trend scanning from the Center for the Future of Libraries – as well as their own community insights and evidence – and consider a positive innovation for the future of libraries. This activity helps demonstrate how we can all use a futures-focused approach, and our commitment to library values, to help build the libraries of the future. Bring your colleagues for this team-based approach to futuring and innovation – and come ready with your bold vision for the library of the future.

This program is made possible by a grant from the Utah State Library.