Learning to have fun!

I noticed that the readings threw around a lot of concepts like connected learning, active/participatory learning, digital intelligence. I loved everything that I was learning about learning theories, but…the concepts started to blend into another so I needed a visual helper. And using media to describe learning concepts on a blog fit perfectly into the theme of the library as a classroom


Connected Learning

Is there such thing as learning theory envy?? Connected learning is such an amazing framework that fosters connectivity and community with innovation and literacy. The connected learning theory’s learning principles are interest-powered, peer-supported and academically orientated (Nygren, 2014). The idea of connecting with and supporting each other’s mental and academic growth is inspirational and a great competency for an information professional to possess. This library and community-based learning theory can bridge literacy gaps and help prepare people for fulfilling lives and careers.

Participatory Learning

I really prefer participatory learning because it allows learners to put their knowledge to use in a project that is similar and beneficial to professional projects. Sometimes I feel like a robot who has been trained to pump out essays that prove that I can use quotes and write about concepts. I will say that I remember maybe 25% of the essays I wrote during my undergraduate degree [SORRY PROFESSORS!]. Instead of checking all the boxes of learning outcomes, it is important to create projects that have learners engaging and connecting in different learning environments, like blogs, infographics, videos or photography. I like the idea of “learning as play” because it takes the pressure off of frantically trying to memorize information, and turns learning into morphing information into something I can mess around with and understand in my own way.

Digital Learning

I found the Park (2016) article to be really interesting in how they explained the different facets of digital intelligence. They explained how digital intelligence includes areas of rights, identity, security, emotional intelligence and literacy. As I read through each of the different digital intelligence areas, I thought about how important the concepts are to teaching and learning. Instead of only teaching users how to create and style on digital platforms, we need to expand on the different challenges in the digital world. Since there are many more learning opportunities online, it is important that digital skills are taught to users so can become “masters of technology instead of being mastered by it” (Park, 2016).

Having fun learning

Learning more about modern learning theories inspired me for the future generations of learners. There are so many more opportunities to learn, especially in the digital environment. It is important that learning theories consider the implications of learning and playing online. I wonder what the world would be like if we incorporated play, connection, participation and digital aspects into education…

Can museums be underlined in blue??

Does anybody else find it odd when there is no digital technology present? Am I the only one who gets frustrated when there is no wifi or cellular service in the desert or forest?

Museums are starting to accept that we social creatures love to be social online everywhere. Can we say “pics, or it didn’t happen”?

Every photo shared from the museum is a free advertisement for the Met.

TITLOW, J. P. (2016). How a 145-year old art museum stays relevant in the smartphone age. Fast Company.

To tech or not to tech…

I appreciated the pro-smartphone and social media outlook that the Met has. The Met understands that people love their devices and will more often than not use the devices. There were questions and fears about mobile devices distracting people from physical art. This is one of those “what if” fears. Technology is everywhere and is very distracting and tempting to use. Instead of trying to keep people away from their devices, it is better to create an experience where people go between actively looking at art and then engaging with the art online. Not only will this drive more traffic onto their website and social media platforms, but it could also be free advertising and bring more people into the museum.

Good type of viral

This reminds me of the few viral TikToks during coronavirus: The cranberry juice skater listening to Fleetwood Mac and Walker Haye’s Fancy Like Applebee’s song. Applebee’s saw this as a great marketing plan, so they used people’s TikToks and created a commercial. I also thought that Ocean Spray made a commercial, but TikTok created the commercial, which I can suspect boosted sales for Ocean Spray (because people had to have cranberry juice to recreate the video!). It is interesting how businesses and corporations are using social media in their advertisements. It is something that many of us recognize and feel a connection to.

Museum in meme culture

Something that I am totally obsessed with is museum involvement in meme culture. The two sound like they cannot mesh together because museum institutions are esteemed and academic, while online meme culture is lowbrow and chaotic. Take a look at funny memes by LACMA:

They are getting a lot of engagement and are playful with their posts. They also throw in an educational impact by exposing people to art and creating a response to the art.

I experienced Boston!

My little sister had her graduation ceremony from Boston University the first weekend of October. So I was in Boston! Luckily, we had some time to explore, so I visited two super awesome institutions: the Boston Public Library and the Boston Museum of Fine Art. Boston Public Library was so huge and impressive. I could not believe it. On one side of the street, there is a huge old exterior with murals and antiquity inside. On the other side, there was an addition to the library, which was Library 2.0 (I am talking shelves on wheels and areas for things other than books!). The Boston Museum of Fine Art was also excellent and ginormous. Throughout the museum, there were big signs with a QR code on them. When the QR is captured on a mobile device, it brings us to their main website. This was a bust because I expected the landing page to be relevant to the art around us or immersive somehow. My parents could not figure out where to find the commentary that was advertised on the sign. The museum put in a good effort but unfortunately missed the bar.

Boston Public Library Older Building
Boston Public Library 2.0

Hyperlinked museum

Museums can be underlined in blue (or hyperlinked)! An important consideration for museums is to make sure their technology is up to speed with current trends online and on social media. An example of this is making landing pages intentional. Don’t just bring us to a general website, but show us something incredible. It is straightforward to guess the name (or google) of an institution’s website. Instead, throw us onto your social media page to contribute to marketing trends or hashtags. Museums are not deserts or forests. We want to have memorable experiences in person and online. Hyperlinking museums with people virtually and physically will create a mutually beneficial relationship by promoting access and participation.

Hyperaware of Hyperlinks

Jessamyn West’s 21st Century Digital Divide shook me. I am so immersed in technology and the web that I forget some people are in “tech shadows”, as West puts it. It sometimes seems like a nice idea to be off the grid and away from all this hyperconnectivity. But then, who am I kidding? I am beyond used to having technology present everywhere. I always want to stay current with new technologies because, more often than not, it makes life easier, funnier & artsier! Do we all have relationships with our technological devices? I cannot live without my phone, computer, smart tv, camera, headphones, scanner, printer… 

It is crazy to think of a time without the internet, especially without technology. Digital devices used to be huge and non-transportable. Now, these devices get skinnier and tinier than imaginable. Back in the day, people had communities that were geographically close. Now we have the potential to make friends everywhere in the world. 

I am kind of obsessed with the boundary between the physical and virtual worlds. I tend to casually cross between both worlds simultaneously and unconsciously. I feel like the boundary is disappearing, and people can be in both places at once! We can also perform differently in the virtual world than we do in the physical world. When I was in elementary school, I would play online games like Neopets and Millsberry. Looking back, I would chat with so many random people on these game sites. Sometimes it would be about finding resources, other times we would tell scary stories, and a few times, people trolled me acting like they were Miley Cyrus (Don’t worry, they later admitted they were not Miley). It is interesting because I had a totally separate life in the physical world. When I created a Facebook account was when I started meshing the physical and virtual worlds together. 

While looking for pictures of Neopets, I came across this article about Neopets being the start of “internet girl culture”. Being on Neopets, was like being in a different world creating and caring for our Neopets. It is trippy thinking about early 2000s internet interactions and shenanigans.

I also have such library envy!! I would love to be part of, perform in, and participate in Oak Park Public Library’s Idea Box. Can Idea Boxes exist everywhere? 

Bring it on: All, some, none or watching!

How many times have you gone into a museum and not spoken to a soul? Or maybe you murmured some “ooos” or “ahhhs”. How are we supposed to act in a museum? Quiet and profound? Why and who decided this is the correct way to act in a museum?

The Participatory Museum

Nina Simon’s Participatory Museum is a guide to creating more participatory opportunities between institutions and visitors. This is not one size fits all or “build it and they will come”. Getting people to participate in activities is a challenging venture. Museum institutions are commonly viewed as places where people come to observe. They are stagnant and rigid houses for artworks with huge walls around them. Things are meant to be stared at, not touched or connected with. Simon (2010) laughingly exposes how “most cultural institutions treat visitors like one-night stands; they don’t call, they don’t write, and they don’t pine” (p. 67). This is not any museums’ goal because their mission statements are usually focused on enriching and promoting the human experience. Also, museums should not be players toying around with people’s hearts, but soulmates that give back to the relationship!

“When staff members don’t know what to expect from visitors, it’s easy to imaging the worst. When staff members trust visitors’ abilities to contribute, visitors most often respond by behaving respectfully.” (Simon, 2010, p. 222)

Putting yourself out there

The unknown does not have to be terrifying. Radical trust can seem daunting and scary because information professionals feel they need to control everything within the institution walls. Instead of dwelling on the “what ifs” and worst-case scenarios, information professionals need to focus on the goals and outcomes of services. More often than not, good things outweigh the bad stuff. Take into consideration the different “could be risky” services such as the Gwinnett County Public Library allowing patrons to use the library after hours, kids in the Unquiet Library at Creekview High School being allowed to use their phones for creation, and libraries eliminating overdue fines. These scenarios could have had many “what if they do something bad” moments, but instead, more participation and community involvement occurred. The spaces benefitted from trusting their users and letting go of complete control over everything. If you do not put yourself out there, then you never know how amazing something can be!

Seabees of Construction Battalion Unit 402 (CBU 402) build a scaffold to support lights and stereo speakers for an upcoming concert.

Scaffolding the participatory experience

Instead of getting frustrated about why the public is not engaging with a service, the institution must evaluate how it has structured it. Simon explains how “much of contemporary learning theory rests on the idea of “instructional scaffolding,” by which educators or educational material provides supportive resources, tasks, and guidance upon which learners can build their confidence and abilities” (Simon, p. 12). The scaffolding serves as a buffer and user manual on how participants can act and proceed. It is like scripts for acting, we can follow it verbatim or improvise, but it gives us the bare basics and helps us be able to expect certain outcomes. In the simplest sense, scaffolds are needed to help people build things together.

“When you are able to network individual visitors’ experiences in ways that are both useful and beautiful, you will motivate new experiences and relationships that are exciting and valuable for the institution and users alike.” (Simon, 2010, p. 126)

Stephens (2016) explains that “library leadership must move beyond the lending/reference model to a broader view of what’s possible in a community-based space focused on helping people”. (p. 57). Instead of throwing information at people not expecting anything in return, it is better to collaborate with them to build a discussion together.

Contributions, collaborations, co-creation, hosted

The future is not dreary or lonely! Simon gives so many examples of how museums can evolve into collaborative, contributive, creative and friendly spaces. This allows for people to connect more deeply with the artworks and others in the museum. The biggest takeaway and mantra from Simon’s (2010) concept of the participatory museum is “build the narrative and they will return” (p. 73). There are many types of relationships that museums can create with people. By looking outward and creating participatory experiences with clear instructions and backbones, people will feel comfortable and want to engage.

On the very last page of Simon’s (2010) book, she leaves us with this powerful statement: “When people have safe, welcoming places in their local communities to meet new people, engage with complex ideas, and be creative, they can make significant civic and cultural impact” (p. 351). This is thinking about the big picture of information centers as more than just places taking up space. It is about how people and museums can collaborate and connect to make a positive change in the world.


Simon, N. (2010). The participatory museum. Museum 2.0. http://www.participatorymuseum.org/read/

Stephens, M. (2016). The heart of librarianship: Attentive, positive, and purposeful change. ALA Editions.

The Library Sphere

The readings this week were awesome (my favorites were New Clues and Library as Infrastructure)!! Viewing the Library as more than a place that holds books is living in the 21st century. There are so many more uses for a library and people need to hop on the train to figure that out. There is a relationship between the people, technology and environment.

I am gen-z, digital native, and part of the google generation. My parents are gen-x and baby boomers. My grandparents are from the silent generation.

Right now, I am typing this blog post sitting on a couch. A computer is on my lap, and my Apple watch is on my left wrist. My telephone is in my pocket, and my AirPods are in my ears. I set timers on Alexa and stream tv shows from my television.

My sisters and family use an app that tracks location for safety reasons. My parents are active on social media and use the same devices mentioned above. My grandparents have a smart tv and frequently interact with their “Hey Google” devices.

Is there even a boundary or border between cyberspace and the “real” world?

Constantly we are interchanging between cyberspace and reality, using our devices in face-to-face conversations and daily life. Nowadays, this is done seamlessly and faster than light! Technology and digital devices are normalized. It would actually be weird if people did not have their devices out…

Are libraries contemporary art?

The Library as land art that changes with the environment and user interaction with its resources.

Smithson, R. (1970). Spiral Jetty [Land art].https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Spiral_Jetty_Smithson_Laramee.jpg

The shelves and stacks as sculptures. Minimalist in design, and people interact with it differently: touch, poke, sit, kick, etc.

Judd, D. (1972). Untitled [Sculpture] https://www.flickr.com/photos/martinlatter/16851955177

Information professionals need to conceptualize their spaces. Be minimalist or maximalist, but make these spaces feel connected and usable. People constantly interact and evolve with their environment. Instead of being rigid fortresses decided by the select few, information centers should be updating transformers that are perpetually responding to the environment and people.

Goodbye Shhh spaces and hello to unquiet and creative spaces! People need access to more things than just books.

Random thought of the day: Dogs and cats acknowledge and watch tv!


Hello virtual world!

My name is Sydney and I reside in Southern California. Blogging is interesting and a different environment than normal school and learning environments. I feel like I can be informal and use slang here. Thinking about my style and aesthetic, I am eclectic and a maximalist! I try to be a minimalist and like Marie Kondo, but then I prefer glam and trinkets everywhere. Every color is my favorite color.

I chose this course because I like the concept of everything being connected, especially through the web. Back in INFO 200, I studied the online goth community, including cybergoths. Once I started looking for online communities, I started finding a bunch and discovering the different platforms they use or create. It is just so cool how people communicate and interact online.

Background Information

  • I studied studio art for my bachelor’s degree @ San Francisco State University
  • My mediums are photography and video art
  • I used to teach art inside state prisons
  • I also did some program coordination for the prison art program
  • My career pathway is archives and preservation

I started the iSchool’s MLIS program in Fall 2020 and graduate this December! I am beyond excited and nervous for my future as an information professional to officially begin.


Outside of school, I like to try new recipes and hang out with my dogs + cat. I am part Korean and have being exploring different recipes by Maanchi. I have also been trying out different Italian and French recipes because I like to eat and be fancy! I have two dogs: Ozark the Redbone Coonhound and Rocket the Papillon.

I completely love to go shopping. Honestly, any kind of shopping will satisfy me. I am just as happy at the grocery store as I am at a shoe store. My favorite is antique shopping, but I like to get good deals and strongly dislike overpriced items. I guess a better way to put it: I like to find antiques at thrift stores.


I am obsessed with mirrors and clocks. I think there should be at least one of each in a room. I need to dive deeper and think about why I think those two items are necessities… Maybe it is me reflecting on having my image put together. Or me thinking about how being on time or knowing the time is important.