Assignments are practical exercises in applying concepts and ideas related to The Hyperlinked Library.
After establishing a blog through our site, you will be using this electronic publishing medium to share your thoughts and ideas on participatory service as you progress through the course. Reflection blogging will allow you to explore course modules and apply your own critical take on the topics. After reading and exploring a module, write a blog post about the experience and how you believe the issue/topic impacts library service. What might change? What could we do differently? Where do the readings/videos/sites take you in your thinking about library or information work? Feel free to reflect on the module as a whole, a selected article that resonated, or anything that sparked your thinking about the module topic.
The Context Book assignment gives you an opportunity to explore literature outside of our focus for this course but tangentially related to core concepts. Some questions to spur your thinking: How does the book align with our course content? What can librarians glean from these works? How might the focus of some titles impact library service? Users? The way we exchange and share information? Consider your choice as a way to explore what might be coming for libraries within the framework of participatory service.
For this assignment, you will craft a roadmap for incorporating an emerging trend, technology or participatory service into a library or information setting of your choice. The goal is to engage with your community via technology, service or some other human-focused innovation. Imagine your institution has already been granted funding (or has a newly-available space), and you selected an up-and-coming service or technology that interests you—and your user population—most. This planning-centered action brief can be an entirely virtual service or one that augments a physical service.
The Inspiration Report gives you the opportunity to hone in on a technology-enhanced service or a trend in participatory libraries from course content or lectures or in conversations with your peers. Situated as a report-of-sorts for a library director or administrative team, you’ll be crafting a brief that informs your administrator of its origins, related terminologies, application in LIS environments, and address both positive and negative aspects. This will be your most polished, detailed and well-presented work of the semester.
The symposium is a way to share your learning with the other members of our hyperlinked community. Imagine strolling around a beautiful space where each of you have created something the represents your takeaways or insights from The Hyperlinked Library. Focus on this question:What are you taking away from the Hyperlinked Library course? Explore your insights in any creative manner you’d like. It can be anything! Let your imaginations play!