Kelly Giles

Photo of Kelly Giles

About This Site

On the Game-Based Learning page I have listed some recommended reading, finding aids for educational games, and simple tools for making your own games. The Games page is a showcase of my own game projects. The Scholarship page covers my publications and presentations. A condensed version of my CV is included below.

About Me

I am a reference and instruction librarian at James Madison University. I enjoy being a librarian because it involves knowing a little bit about everything and finding the connections between things. My primary research interest is game-based learning, especially the use of games as library orientation activities. I am also currently interested in learning more about data visulization. My hobby is making beaded jewelry, such as the necklace in my photo. I try to bring creativity, precision, and good design to both my professional and personal projects.

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James Madison University Libraries

Applied Sciences Librarian

Provides general and subject-specific reference and consultation services. Presents library instruction and information literacy sessions, designs and maintains online research guides, and manages collections for liaison areas.

Liaison to all programs in the College of Integrated Science and Engineering, including Computer Science, Engineering, Geography, Integrated Science & Technology, and Intelligence Analysis. Additionally served as liaison to Geology & Environmental Science from 2012-2016.


UW-Madison Center for Limnology Library

Librarian/Project Assistant (2006-2007)

Managed a small academic research library and its collections. Provided reference and circulation services to faculty and students. Supervised library assistant. Implemented special projects, including creation of a digital archive.

Library Assistant (2005-2006)

Processed new books, serials, and government documents. Performed circulation and shelving duties. Assisted librarian with copy cataloging and special projects.


University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center

Student Reformatting Technician

Digitized books, photographs, and other documents using flatbed, overhead, and slide scanners. Cropped and formatted digital images using Adobe Photoshop.


AEON Corporation of Japan, Iwakuni Branch School

Teacher of English as a Foreign Language

Taught conversational English to students of all ages. Interviewed prospective students and assessed their English-speaking ability.



M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

Library and Information Studies

Honors: Beta Phi Mu


B.A., Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, VA

double major in Communication Studies and Philosophy, minor in International Studies

Honors: Magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa



JMU Distinguished Service Award


JMU Libraries Employee Recognition Award


JMU Innovative Diversity Efforts Award for "Mosaic of Diversity"


ALA Book Cart Drill Team World Championship Bronze Book Cart, as member of the UW-Madison "Bookie Monsters"