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Mindful & Reflective

It seems quite appropriate that we have a module towards the end of the semester about mindfulness and reflective thinking. Personally, it got me contemplating on topics like professionalism, self-care, what I have learned thus far and where I am headed. The social media tips for professionals were quite helpful for me.  I made some changes to my LinkedIn page this past semester and started shifting towards my LIS career. This week I noticed that my Fitbit app had a mindfulness component that I didn’t really notice before. Luckily it makes suggestions to me about trying new features. Now that I am aware, I will have to try it. I was feeling pretty stressed out the past few weeks and decided to go to one of my favorite rock collecting places by the beach. It allows me to totally immerse myself in nature and exercise. My mind was able to daydream a bit, clear my mind and look for interesting rocks. I slept so peacefully that night which I haven’t been able to do for weeks. The past couple of years I been finding naturally made heart shaped rocks. I thought it would be fitting to share with this class. As I go forward, I need to keep this curious/treasure hunting spirit intertwined with my lifelong learning, emerging technologies and professional practice. The heart shaped rocks will be my physical reminder of that spirit as well as to be mindful of empathy.

I feel like I have built upon my blogging skills from Info 200 class. I find the class/student blogs still to be a little overwhelming with the amount of information to digest and following than in the Canvas portal. However, I am more fluent in Canvas than WordPress. Overtime I think I will be more skilled at WordPress/blogging.   However, I really enjoyed how visual and creative this blog platform is compared to canvas. It’s a testament on how creative my classmates are and a great communication tool for Dr. Stephens.

This whole ‘school’ process has been a giant experiment. It has been some time since I have been back in school and had to develop a whole new approach. Trying out different tools to help with learning, organizing and digesting information. Each semester is a process of fine tuning and weeding out as I get ready for the next semester, ePortfolio and ultimately my new career. Thank you all for enhancing my learning experience with your thoughtful comments and posts. Good luck to you all.

Photo: Screen captures of my Fitbit app & my favs

Symposium Post – Flybrary


One of the things I most enjoyed about this class was all the examples of different libraries/programs/services/projects/ideas. I was not expecting them to be so creatively based and inspiring.

As I researched my director’s brief I came across an art installation that hosted a human library at burning man last year. I have been so excited to share this with the class. When I went back to find the website I saw that there where other projects also associated with this term as well. I thought it would be interesting to share them with you as they relate to hyperlinked library.

I decided to try out Glogster for this project. To be able to create a visually link presentation enticed me as well as the 7 day trial. It was a little clunky to work with and I kept getting error messages. I’m not sure if it was me or the software? I hope this opens for you! I did a quick screen capture just in case. Once the presentation opens in another tab, be patient it’s a little slow to load. Use your mouse to hover over an object and it will indicate if there is a link. Click on the items that interest you the most to learn more. [CYOA]


Director’s Brief: Personal Digital Archiving

I was really moved by the power of stories module. Dr. Stephens asked us to think about what professional role or activities we would like to do within a library setting. I am very interested in archiving and preservation. I was curious as to how I would go about teaching such practices to the public. The public creates a vast amount of digital born content every day without the understanding how that digital content is at risk, how to organize it and make accessible for future use. By archiving one’s digital files, it can be a powerful aid to serve multiple scenarios such as activism, cultural preservation, historical reference to name a few.

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CYOA Infinite Learning

Copyright free illustration from Pixabay.com

All three adventures sounded interesting, so I started out by viewing all the lectures for this module to get a better idea before choosing. From there I started viewing the materials in Learning is Everywhere and Professional Learning Experiences. As usual I got side-tracked with online searching and reading.

My 3/2/1 ideas from this module

1 [website – hacklibraryschool.com] I stumbled upon this site by accident and thought I had a really cool blog to report back to the class about that @michael maybe hadn’t seen. Foolish me!!! I later found it buried in module 11. A favorite from that site: Ever Heard of a Liberian who hates to read? OR What I have learned in Library school so far.

2 [Professional Development elements: Play & Trial n Error] Out of the three leaning personas Dr. Stephens mentioned in his video lecture, I’m a curious introvert who is an auditory learner and not a fan of reading. I have to push myself a lot to keep up with the reading for this program. I have played around with some different technologies to help in this area. This semester I started using a chrome extension called NaturalReader which has help tremendously. I highly recommend it. It will read out loud web pages as well as PDF’s. Which has been challenging for my Read&Write software. Play has been quite helpful with my learning process. Every time I have to learn a new ‘thing’ there is always an element of play as well as trial and error that accompanies it. It is a motivational factor that helps me get through it and learn faster.

3 [concepts: Internet of Things, Learning 2.0 and 23 Things] As I read about Learning 2.0, the discovery exercises, play and self-directed learning reminded me a lot of this class. Well…most of SJSU online class structure. Sadly, in my past class readings I have seen these three concepts but really didn’t have a clear understanding until this module. I made light assumptions and moved past them instead of taking the time to understand them fully.  It reminded me of a recent blog post which had advice about grad school tricks where they suggested using a simple tool such as YouTube for quick clarification.

It was interesting seeing the PLCMC 23 things and comparing it to the newer versions Rudai 23, CSU, MLA. I was very curious to see what they deemed worthy technologies, what I knew and didn’t know. SO MUCH information! Learning about digital badges was very reminiscent of my time in the girl scouts. It got me thinking of what digital badges we could come up for this class. I think I might explore this further for the virtual symposium. Also, I have been wondering how to organize my bookmarks. CSU recommended Diigo and Noodle Tools which I have never heard of. Diigo sounds perfect for me since I use multiple computers. Noodle tools looks more appropriate for a research project. What do you guys use for organizing your bookmarks?


Our Social Dilemma

The past few weeks I have been thinking about the digital divide and privacy as I have been reading through the module. The IFLA trend report, OCLC IoT article, and watching The Social Dilemma on Netflix were really eye opening to me. I thought this would be a great place to start the conversation.

One of the reasons I use Facebook is to keep in touch with my estranged family on my father’s side who are spread out in several states and time zones from me.  My grandmother is my glue and conduit to my family. Though I have longed feared that I would casually find out something devastating about her health on their feed instead of receiving a phone call. This social media platform seemed like a worth wild tool however it is costing me my privacy, attention and time. I am very concerned about this collection of data and manipulation. Libraries are using social media to connect and inform their users. “These are important issues for us in the profession, and we need to make sure that we are both educating our users about what’s happening in the wider world and being good stewards of our own data.” (Ken Varnum, Web Systems Manager, University of Michigan Library) I am starting to rethink my involvement with social media however this becomes difficult because so many business, groups and individuals use these platforms to get out their information. I even feel pressure for the future of my librarianship to join twitter. Even in these CoVid times, you can’t rely on the up-to-date information from a website. Most businesses direct you to their social media platform of choice for current info.

I am starting to empathize with my parent’s frustration as the world becomes more digitally based and phone app dominant to do simple things in your life. For example, my mother no longer has a CD player in her car. I had to help her digitize her music, download it to her phone, download a music app because she doesn’t have an iPhone, open the app to play it, test and train her on how to use. I have become my parent’s IT department! I can see that the library is a valuable service to the older generation in this regard and the concern for the have and have nots with technology and access.


Community Engagement: Demonstration Garden


I have dabbled and appreciated gardening throughout my life. I was recently introduced to community gardening this past year due to Covid-19 Pandemic. As expressed in my intro video, I needed an activity where I could go outside, enjoy nature, focus on something positive, do some exercise, engage socially and create yummy food. ‘Third places is a term coined by sociologist Ray Oldenburg and refers to places where people spend time between home (‘first’ place) and work (‘second’ place). They are locations where we exchange ideas, have a good time, and build relationships.’ (Butler & Diaz, 2016)

The community garden became my third place. Our academic campus was closed to students and administration. We were considered essential workers and had the run of the garden to ourselves. Being habitual renters’ outdoor space has always been a challenge for gardening. We dived right in and learned as we went along. During the past 6 months we researched so much about gardening. To name a few topics: companion plants, collecting seeds, good bugs versus bad bugs, DIY composting, pruning, monarch rearing, and organic growing. My coworker and I planted a variety of our favorite veggies, flowers & herbs in eight open plots as well as adopted occupied plots of our co-workers who were working remotely.

Thinking Outside the Stacks

As I prepare the framework for this service proposal for a library garden, I am reminded of some of the characteristics described by Dr. Stephens about the hyperlinked library. His idea of it being everywhere, not just in buildings or virtual space as well as reaching all users, not just the ones who come through the doors. I am also reminded of the characteristics of a hyperlinked librarian who gathers all kinds of evidence for decision making, spot trends that impact service and change user behavior. While building upon the foundation of the core ethics and values with a playfully approach to opportunities that create learning experiences and engage information. (Stephens, 2016)


Outdoor library gardens have been springing up more and more during the first part of the 21st Century. Since the Fall of 2016, Dr. Noah Lenstra has researched this trend and surveyed over 1500 public libraries in the United States and Canada. His research and survey found 303 libraries offering outdoor StoryWalk programs, 246 offering outdoor gardening programs and 90 offered both. (Lenstra, 2019) In his study Evidence based library and information practice, library garden programs are classified as movement-based programs. Libraries reported that thru movement-based programs for all ages brought in new library users and will continue to offer these programs which support outcomes in health/wellness, community building, outreach and literacy. American Libraries Association recognized this trend and in 2019 published a great resource book for librarians interested in building this type of program called Libraries and Gardens: Growing Together. As well as producing a webinar which will be both included in the resource section.

Map of the public libraries in the US & Canada with outdoor gardening programs (Lenstra, 2019)

Description of Community

Photo: view of the entrance of the South Pasadena Public Library,
Photo: entrance of the community room located behind the library

The city of South Pasadena, California has a diverse population of over 26,000 residents which half are renters. There is only one public library that neighbors the senior center. Both are nestled on two acres which is considered a passive park with low key activities. The city is very proud to be a part of Tree City USA movement as well as active in environmental and sustainability programs for the community. The city has a community garden located about a half a mile from the library. It is an exemplary garden and currently has a waiting list for open plots. The city of South Pasadena has partnered up with the Los Angeles Community Garden Council who help manages the community garden. I believe that the city will be supportive of adding a garden to the library.

South Pasadena Strategic Plan 2017-2022

Vision: A welcoming gathering place in our community to build connections, support creativity and encourage learning.

Strategic Focus: Community hub

Objectives: Broaden adult program offerings and audience-including single adults and senior programs.

Desired Outcome: Growing the library’s position as the “center of the community”

Goals & Objectives

The goal is to start a sustainable demonstration garden at the South Pasadena Library that will support existing and new programs. The objective is to use this garden and design events around it to bring the community together which aligns with the libraries vision. The library will engage with their core library users of all ages and will reach new users with this program.

Photo: Aerial view of Library Park, Main Entrance to SPPL is just below red pinr

This garden could start as an edible or sensory garden that will engage adults, teens and children of all backgrounds. The grounds where the library is located is not feasible for a large-scale garden due to the number of trees blocking sunlight. Gardens typically need six to eight hours of sunlight. However, a couple of small raised beds can be constructed near the entrance which has enough required daily sun and access to water.

The Garden program can also expand beyond the library grounds. A partnership with the city’s community garden could provide additional plots for planting which could diversify and expand upon demonstrations, educational workshops, lectures and nature walks. Forming partnership for the garden program will be a huge contributing factor for sustainability.

Thinking like a startup and learning from their successes. My personal goal is to get the idea out there quickly, test, assess with feedback from the community/staff, improve, try again, refine to eventually scaling up and expand programming.

Photo: Example of a small giving garden at the Calvary Presbyterian Church.
Photo: Signage identifies each food in the garden and how to harvest properly without harming the production of the plants.

Action Brief Statement

Convince the South Pasadena community that by creating a demonstration garden at the library they will gain new skills and knowledge which will create social connections and inspire lifelong learning because of shared interests and collaboration.

Evidence and Resources to support service

ALA book by Carrie Scotts Banks & Cindy Mediavilla (2019) – Libraries and Gardens: Growing Together

ALA ProgramingLibrarian.org [Blog] The Cooperative Extension System: Your library’s Go-To Partner for gardening, nutrition and healthy living programing by Noah Lenstra

ALA Webinar (2018) – Growing your Library’s Role: Creating a Community Garden with Impact. The Director of the Pottsboro Public Library in TX discusses how the community garden started, evolved and brought the community together. Voted best small library in the U.S. by Library Journal in 2017

Let’s Move in Libraries: Gardening by Mary Beth Mcquaid, Youth Services Librarian, Ingalls Memorial Library in New Hampshire. This website has a wealth of information for librarians considering a garden program like where to start, things to consider, what about costs, etc.

Great inspiration and examples of existing library garden programs are found on OCLA Webjunction

DIY Blog post – making raised beds on a budget

Mission, Guidelines and Policy related to service

My knowledge of the SPPL is limited. Their existing policy can be amended for the garden project. I would imagine there would need to be some liability waiver needed for some aspects of this project especially for the construction portion. I know what they value which is expressed in their 2017-2022 strategic plan can be used as framework for the mission and guidelines.

  • Passionate & dedicated about improving lives
  • Open to all and honor the diverse nature of those we serve
  • Demonstrate character and integrity to our customers, fellow staff members and the community
  • Strive for excellence in everything we do

As well as curiosity, exploration, transparency/openness, creativity, flexibility, play=learning are the key characteristics to create a 21st century learning experience described in Dr. Stephens’ post about hyperlinked school library but I think it can apply to the public libraries and the garden project as well. (Stephens, 2010)

Funding Considerations

Due to the pandemic, funding could be a barrier. To get this program off the ground, I would contact and pitch local nonprofits for volunteers, funds and donated materials before spending a dime. The Friends of the SPPL have a membership of 700 supporters for the library. They generate substantial support and funds through annual fundraisers and the volunteer run bookstore. South Pasadena Beautiful is another local nonprofit who pursue sustainability and beautification project throughout the city. They have gifted a couple of landscaping projects around the library grounds already as well as donated and take care of the indoor plants at the library. Grants could be obtained when the garden supports education in nutrition and health literacy for additional staff hours and materials. Soliciting local businesses like Ace Hardware and Armstrong Nursery for donated materials or at least discounted purchases. Initial startup costs for two 4×8 ft beds will be minimal [$200] however a large community garden could range from $5000-$7000.

Action Steps

  • Propose the idea to staff and library director to gauge interest and feedback as well as see how it can integrate and support other existing programs.
  • Be transparent and engage library users by conducting a survey through social media and/or in-house survey to gauge interest, feedback and find volunteers.
  • Compile data to inform the development of a basic plan of action and timeline for pitching to library director.
  • Library director presents idea to library board and city council for approval.
  • Meet and check in with all appropriate city departments for construction, land use, safety regulations, water consumption, etc.
  • The best time to start the garden will be during the summer and evaluate after the growing season on whether to continue
  • Winter months can be used for planning, seed procurement, forming partnerships, acquire donations/material/tools, volunteer recruitment and construction of beds.
  • The library of things (LOT) should be up and running by then. Any extra garden donations should be added to LOT collection.
  • Late winter– start seedlings inside library to further engage interest from Library users. Hold a couple of seed parties in the library. This could coincide with storytelling of Jack and the Bean Stalk. Maybe get the kids/teens/adults involved in planting the seeds. Give out seed packets to the community as well. Have a talk or guest lecture about seed saving and starting your garden. Do a time lapse video of the seeds growing and post on Facebook and Instagram.
  • Planting event and set up watering schedule with volunteers and staff.
  • Plan and execute additional events that are garden themed.
  • Throughout the summer, set up a display of garden themed items for all ages (books, movies, music, etc.) with different items every month, theme related to garden events and story time.

Staffing Considerations

This new service would require one full-time staff member who has an interest, experience or desire to learn to spear head this gardening program. Additional help of a couple volunteers or part-time staff at least to help water plants on occasions due to illness, vacation, scheduling conflicts, etc. This may involve or partnering with the city’s park groundskeepers as well. Also incorporate and involve the neighboring senior center which could possibly share the load of work.

Planning & research can be done during library hours. A few field trips to local businesses and gardens may require some off duty personal hours. The great thing about this project is that staff could learn in tandem with participants and create personal learning networks. Staff involved should visit a few local community gardens and speak with garden managers and volunteers. This would provide valuable knowledge and insights for the proposed garden project and future events. Maybe attend a workshop or volunteer at the garden.

Photo: LACGC: South Pasadena Community Garden


The Los Angeles Community Garden Council (LACGC) partners with 42 community gardens in Los Angeles. LACGC garden managers are more than happy to help manage the business side of local community gardens as well as guide gardeners who want to produce healthy food through hands on experience and/or workshops.

Trained master gardeners could be brought in to help dispense knowledge and skills to the staff and public. The National Institute of Food and Agricultural has Land-Grant university partners through the Cooperative Extension system. For Los Angeles, CA that would be the University of California Master Gardener Program. This is a public service and outreach program that educates the public about the latest research-based knowledge on home horticulture, pest management and sustainable landscaping practices.

Promotion & Marketing

Dr. Stephens expressed in his lecture that hyperlinks are people too. ‘Communities are human systems given by conversation that build relatedness.” (Block, 2008) The garden project will bring people together, share, promote conversations and connect with each other in person and online. SPPL primarily uses Facebook and Twitter for promotion of upcoming events. They just started their own YouTube page earlier this year. They should also create an Instagram account for the library. This could tie into a future photo contest or community engagement like show us a photo of your garden.

Generate a buzz and try to get the local newspaper [South Pasadena Review] to write an article about the garden and/or events. Have a groundbreaking ceremony and stake out the area for the beds. Record the event and put it on the library’s YouTube page as well as cross promote on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram

Since the garden will be near the entrance of the building. As library users enter and exit, they will be met with a sign announcing the future location of the library garden. ‘Check out our upcoming events via SPPL website, Facebook or Twitter.’  Also promote this program through in-house flyers which could be left on display at local business partners or supporters.


Interest and attendance are going to be a key metrics. This will also be seen in the various social media platforms via posts, shares, comments and reactions emojis. Sharing pictures of events with partnerships on social media will help cultivate and strengthen relationships. After several events maybe administer an online survey to community through Facebook & Twitter to gauge whether to proceed with more events and share relevant information with partnerships. Engage front line staff to share insights and comments in some form or event [coffee break/lunch]. An in-house library survey would help include the older demographic who don’t use social media as much.

Circulation metric of garden themes books, magazines, LOT items and reference questions should be monitored and noted as well. A small report should be compiled and presented to the director as to proceeding with the project either by amending or canceling. If canceled, learning takeaways should be noted and used for future projects


Block, P. (2008) Community: The Structure of belonging. [eBook] Retrieved from: https://books.google.com/books?id=Ns8dMbXejkgC&pg=PT47&lpg=PT47&dq=Communities+are+human+systems+given+by+conversation+that+build+relatedness&source=bl&ots=6AdcfoTQzK&sig=ACfU3U3kCNT41zYYz2_ANnvJui8y1t1Yjw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi_84_cudXsAhX3CTQIHYImDGkQ6AEwCnoECA4QAg#v=onepage&q=Communities%20are%20human%20systems%20given%20by%20conversation%20that%20build%20relatedness&f=false

Butler, S & Diaz, C. (2016, Sept 14). Third Places as community builders. Retrieved from: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/up-front/2016/09/14/third-places-as-community-builders/#:~:text=Third%20places%20is%20a%20term,good%20time%2C%20and%20build%20relationships

Hill, C., Streams, S., Dooley, J. & Morris, L. (2015). IMLS Focus: Engaging Communities, Los Angele Public Library. OCLC.

Lenstra, N. (2017). Movement-Based programs in U.S and Canadian Public Libraries: Evidence of impacts from exploratory survey Unpublished Manuscript, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC.

Lenstra, N. (2019, June 20) Thinking outside of the stacks: The growth of nature smart libraries. [Blog] Retrieved from: https://www.childrenandnature.org/2019/06/20/thinking-outside-of-the-stacks-the-growth-of-nature-smart-libraries/

Lenstra, N. (2019, June 20) Thinking outside of the stacks: The growth of nature smart libraries. [Map 2] Retrieved from: https://www.google.com/maps/d/embed?mid=1K5ppMP5nCcw2InwW8ePGotPqUJOsi63q&ll=48.80971186560994%2C-106.82943974999998&z=4

Stephens, M. (2010) The Hyperlinked school library: engage, explore, celebrate. [blog post] Retrieved from: https://tametheweb.com/2010/03/02/the-hyperlinked-school-library-engage-explore-celebrate/

Stephens, M. (2016) The Heart of Librarianship. ALA editions.


Mod 6 Hyperlinked Environments CYOA -M.G.A.

I looked through all the adventures a bit this week just to see what was in there. I am most interested in the Museums/Galleries/Archives portion.  It provided a lot of examples of different technology and participatory programs that are currently out there. A few that resonated with me were the art creating programs for the visitors like at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. They had some success and failures. The ones that succeeded engaged the audience and supported learning about the themes associated with the paired exhibited as well as improved perception of the institution. They hosted a contest as well as projected visitor created artwork on site and online. Through Facebook, visitors could share their creations, exchange comments and boost awareness of the exhibit.

F64 Exhibit photo booth at The Autry

It made me think back to a visit to the Autry Museum many moons ago. [The Autry Museum is dedicated to art and culture of the Western genre] It was our second date; my boyfriend and I went to an exhibit about the F64 photography group. It was a perfect place for our second date.  It was a safe, neutral and interactive environment where we both had common interests. We gained a little knowledge about each other as well as the exhibited work.  The museum provided a photo booth alongside with the exhibit. There was a large mural photograph of Yosemite in the background.  I believe it was a photo contest, but you could share your photo on Facebook and/or text/email it to yourself.  I didn’t share it to to my Facebook page but sent it to each of us. I don’t remember much about the photographic work from that day, but I have a lovely memory of our visit to the museum that I am now sharing with you and raising the awareness and perception of that museum from a simple photo taken. One of my takeaways from this week’s module, the power of artistic creation combined with the use of technological tools can provide transformative experiences for the visitors and institutions.

Facebook Posting of photo booth

The Cleveland Art Museum is using some innovative technology with the museum & collection. Here is a short video preview. I was really impressed with this museum as well.

The photo Wall, a 40 ft electronic touch screen display of the collection.

3D imagery of artifacts that you can control the view you want.

Art Lens AI, Share your view, Submit snapshot and the AI will find the closest match in their collection, share with friends.

I don’t know about your adventures and I look forward to reading about them but mine took me down many rabbit holes. It took me forever to finish the things to explore. There was an article about the Knight Foundation funding different technology projects within museums. With these additional funds it allows museums to take risks and bring gallery experiences to new levels. Which if successful could be adopted by other museums as a turnkey program/service. I have heard of the Knight Foundation but wasn’t fully aware of their philanthropic grants. As I explored their website, I found my way to a zoom interview about building equitable public spaces in the COVID era. They were talking about parks however they touched upon many of the same subjects we have discussed over the past weeks. [access, funding, budget cuts, partnerships, program development, public interaction, community] I think Libraries need to think about the space outside around the library as much as inside the library especially since the inside is closed. There is an opportunity for a partnership with parks & services as we proceed forward with COVID. This is something I’m thinking about exploring for our next assignment. To be continued…


Reflection Post #2 – Collective Connections

I get excited to see how libraries are evolving beyond the perception of a book warehouses and how ‘hands on’ maker programs foster creativity and discovery integrated with technology and community. Some of the standouts for me from the week 4 module are most of the NYPL links and Werner’s post on how to destroy special collections with social media were very interesting. New York is a massive culture capital [fashion, food, architecture, arts, etc] and that collection can be shared by anyone anywhere now. YOUmedia in the CPL was amazing too. It’s giving the community members a safe and positive place for learning, creation, skills development with play, expressive outlet and nurture relationships.

An example of a participatory and transparent library is the Los Angeles Public Library. They encourage the public to participate in a variety of ways as seen on the getting involved web page. Members of the community can join the library foundation, become a friend, volunteer, and donate materials or funds. Community involvement was a big component when they were devising their 2015-2020 strategic plan which is linked on their website. ‘We asked what the library could do to help them make a better life. And the people of Los Angeles answered. By email, phone, focus groups and hundreds of hand-written notes.’ (LAPL, 2020)

One current program that is involving the community is the call for submissions for the Safer at Home Archive. They are collecting materials to document the local communities during the Covid-19 pandemic. Check out the Special Collections video about it. This is an offshoot of the Memory Lab where they provide tools and techniques to preserve the diverse communities of Los Angeles. They hold scanning days with the mobile memory lab at different locations announced through their social media. The community can bring their personal artifacts to be digitized as well as capture oral histories. Users go home with digital copies. I would love to be a part of this unique program that is preserving the community. It’s a great ice breaker where people open up and become more communitive. I feel that this program is a great way to get to know your community and users. It can help form a relationship or strengthen it. Plus, the community sees itself represented within the archive.

Facebook Examples from LAPL branches announcing Scanning Day


LAPL (2020, Sept) Los Angeles Public Library Strategic Plan 2015-2020. [PDF] Retrieved from: https://www.lapl.org/sites/default/files/media/pdf/about/LAPL_Strategic_Plan_2015-2020.pdf


NYPL Surveyor Tool (2017)

NYPL Space & Time Collections. (n. d.)

NYPL Public Domain Image Collection (n.d.) Werner, Sarah. (2015). How to Destroy Special Collections with Social Media.


Quiet, the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking by Susan Cain

Susan Cain was a long time Wall Street finance lawyer who now focuses on her passion for writing and psychology. Quiet was published in 2016 but she has been researching introverts and sensitivity since 2005. Cain identifies herself as an introvert. She presents many anecdotal situations from her extensive interactions and interviews of various people from both sides of the introversion and extroversion spectrum as well as presents findings and theories by researchers and scholarly works.

I chose this book because I identify as an introvert and thought it might be helpful as well as interesting. She explains that there are no absolute definitions of introvert/extrovert but provides common behaviors that are associated with both groups as well as explains that it’s not so black & white. There are varying degrees like closeted introverts or situational circumstances. She provides neurological evidence and research that gives us an idea what is going on in the brain as well as theories that help introverts rationalize their behaviors as they dip into the side of extroverts. You might have experienced this when someone demonstrates more extrovert behaviors but surprisingly states they are introverted.

Cain provides a simple set of questions based on the Myers & Briggs test if you are curious about yourself. I found a free website that you can try. https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test  It will shed a little light about yourself and actions. For example, I’m not going to be the first to jump up and volunteer to speak in front of a crowd. However, I preform this task because I love my job and this just a small circumstance that happens occasionally. Cain explains that we introverts can become more comfortable in this situation by desensitizing ourselves through practice, small doses and repetition. We can also prepare for the situation and have a restorative niche planned for afterwards. This is a place (temporal or physical) you can go to return to your true self and recharge. I am mentally and physically exhausted after my demonstrations. My supervisor knows me well enough that this demo should be scheduled to conclude near quitting time. My coworkers know that the last thing I would want to do is go to some noisy bar after work and won’t take it personally that I don’t attend.  

Managers and coworkers can maximize on the introverted strengths and not perceive their behaviors as weaknesses, laziness or uninterested. Being aware during this time of a culture of personality that assertiveness and eloquence doesn’t always equate to good ideas. Creative ideas can be lost because of group dynamics, allow your introverts to work on ideas/solutions before sharing. Maybe have them submit it electronically or in writing. They may not speak up during those brainstorming sessions. Also, let your Introverts manage a proactive work force, they will perform better then with an extrovert leader. For libraries, they need to plan for a few small nooks and quiet spots when renovations and UX are being considered. It’s not just about the big open floor plans. This will promote more learning and reflection opportunities for introverted users.  Librarians can help parents recognize, cope and research introversion in children. Maybe even provide a social skills workshop at the library. She also provides suggestions for parents and teachers when dealing with introverted or highly reactive children. The best suggestion was to work with the children’s reaction to novelty regarding people, places and things. Patiently exposing them gradually and in low doses.  When grouping needs to occur, they should consist of small and be casual in nature. Also putting them at ease by maybe sharing a similar childhood experience as well as informing them that this is a natural and normal feeling they are experiencing.


Evolutionary Time of Change

WK3 Reflection#1

The past few weeks reading was definitely crossing the streams of a few past classes with the current. The Library 2.0 document in particular reminded me of Dr. Alman’s class where we learned about change management and strategic planning. As well as the digital assets management [DAM] class on how to implement a DAM system. There was much discussion about getting everyone on board and having stakeholders from different departments and associated with the project. The Library 2.0 broke down the hierarchical structure from approval to implementation felt a little exhausting by the time they got to the front-line staff. I don’t work in a library but much of the business practices discussed could crossover to my current job and I found myself relating back and forth.

Another interesting term that was new to me was ‘The Long Tail’. I was trying to get my brain into this mindset and it wasn’t easy. I would relate it back to my current job and think about how we could bring in non-users to hopefully jump start the process. I think I would work better brainstorming with a team for this type of assignment than solo.

I also had some random questions running through my mind during the readings as well. I wonder how our current existence will affect this younger generation regarding change? Will they be more adaptive and open to it in the future as adults? Will this period of change jolt the complacent library staff members into a new mindset? I would imagine there will be such a reevaluation of existing library services once the libraries open up to normal operations.

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