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Symposium Post – Flybrary

on November 29, 2020

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]

20 Responses to “Symposium Post – Flybrary”

  1. Christina says:

    Thank you for posting~ Knowledge is Power!

    • Christine Caldwell says:

      Hi Christina,

      OMG, I just realized you are NOT one of my classmates, LOL. I just added your interview link you sent me. Thank you! As you can see from the comments below, your piece is a hit.


  2. Ariel Dyer says:

    This is so cool! I loved getting to learn about the art installation at Burning Man and how it incorporated the Human Library as well.

  3. Kim Mueller says:

    Opens just fine. Very fun!

  4. deanau says:

    Your piece for the virtual symposium is so fun!

  5. Joanna Russell Bliss says:

    I love that your theme of “Flybrary” covers so many concepts, @cmcaldwell! Like several others, I was most inspired by the piece on the artwork and the Human Library at Burning Man. And now I want to investigate Glogster too!

  6. sarahcollins says:

    Very nice presentation. I have never heard of Glogster; it is a very cool way to present material. Nice job!

  7. Ashley Loria says:

    What a cool symposium entry! Definitely going to give Glogster a try.

  8. Christine Caldwell says:

    Hi @dyerariel, @kimmueller, @deanau, @jrblibrarian, @scollins, @ashleyloria,

    Thank you all for sharing. When I first saw the piece and learned about the concept if blew me away. I have been corresponding with the artist Christina and she just forwarded me a link to an interview for ArtSpeaks. The art director of burning man interviewed her along with 3 other artists from Burning Man 2019 that had reading, books, learning and libraries as part of their artistic concept.

    Each artist talks and shows a video about their project and there is a Q&A. Christina shows many photos of inside the sculpture, talks more about the human library and library/book lending. It’s a great amendment to what I have presented if your interested learning more.

    Viewing order of artists & time stamp

    1. Esmeralda Nadeau-Jasso – Giant Pop-Up book sculpture (9:26)

    2. Anssi Laurila & Outi Kuittinen – The story of Koulu School: Peer Learning (18:07)


    3. Christina Sporrong – Flybrary (26:39)

    4. El Nino – Owl Sculpture, dedicated to Education (33:00)

    Burning Man :: ArtSpeaks Episode 7: Desert Athenaeum: The Art of Playa Libraries and Learning (Nov 19, 2020)


  9. Genesee Rickel (she/her) says:

    Very cool, @cmcaldwell! I like to see The Human Library out in the world. How neat would it be if this were to become a standard feature at other festivals?

  10. Kay Wolverton Ito says:

    @cmcaldwell,kudos for such a great symposium! Fun to explore, a clever take on flybraries, and introducing a new presentation tool. You ticked all the boxes!

  11. Jen says:

    @cmcaldwell This is such a fun way to display your symposium. I’ve never heard of Glogster, but now I have to check it out! I like the visual components you chose and it seems so suitable for your topic!

    Thank you!


    • Christine Caldwell says:

      Hi @jlford0209,
      Everyone seems to really like Glogster. I think it would be great for teachers. I wish it had a few more visual choices but it was free. I am glad I tried it and exposed the class to it.

  12. Jennie Tobler-Gaston says:

    Hi Christine
    This was really cool and creative – I love fishing so the video on the fly fishing flybrary was great. I will have to look to see if our fishing spots have one and if not may be start one.

    • Christine Caldwell says:

      Hi Jennie,
      I am so glad you viewed the fishing flybrary. Yah, please check it out. That would be awesome. I was surprised at how many locations were registered on the map. I love all the creative flybrary boards where they attached the flies too. 🙂

  13. Molly Pearlman (she/her) says:

    Christine, this is fantastic! I love that they had a Human Library at Burning Man.

  14. Cathryne Ramirez says:

    I love that there exists a “flybrary” concept for fly fishing. I just think that is so cool, as it embraces a concept that a lot of libraries are realizing, too. A library can be more than just books. It’s especially interesting that at the heart their flybrary, it is still about creating a sense of community.

  15. Jodi says:

    @cmcaldwell Like some of our classmates, I had never heard of Glogster, either—looks like a great way to curate videos and text! I love that flybrary has taken so many forms—people who flyfish, at airports, and the Human Library at Burning Man! Really fun and interesting presentation, Christine!

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