Michael Stephens

  • Rachel Syme wrote a new post on the site Rachel in Hyperspace 33 minutes ago

    Library as community living room Reflection #3: Let’s really be community living rooms What’s your favorite part about your living room? Is it your huge TV? Is it the fac […]

  • Caroline wrote a new post on the site hyperdriven 1 days, 6 hours ago

    Innovation Strategy: Intergenerational Playtime My slide deck for the Intergenerational Playtime proposal is here. The inspiration for my Innovation Strategy plan arose from a […]

    • Hey @caroline! I think this is an adorable idea that could bring joy to a lot of people. I particularly like your extension suggestion that caregivers/kids could have meals at senior living centers. This seems like it could meet multiple needs, providing companionship for seniors who might not have any family to visit them, while also helping young families who may be experiencing food insecurity. I just love this idea and think that this fits really well within the mission of most public libraries.

  • The Power of Stories: A ReflectionWords. Words everywhere. What a gift. Words allow us to create stories and learn. There is an infinite irony that so many words can […]

    • @carlys I enjoyed your slide deck and the ideas you brought forth. It is amazing to think about language and how we share stories. I will therow this into the mix from one of the readings:


      Stories told with emoji!

  • Hi all, I think that nature is the new horizon. Please view my blog reflecting on “New Models” and “New Horizons” here: 287 nature and creativity by Carly Scarberry Carly  

    • @carlys I am a big fan of waling in the woods / forest bathing! I am glad you highlighted nature and connected to your time in Japan. Here’s to more 🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲

  • Reflection Blog 2: Goodbye DeweyThis week’s module was a choose your own adventure, where we were able to discover the topics that felt the most relevant or interesting to us […]

    • @nicoler Glad you highlighted this article! I would venture to say that many libraries across the globe have changed to more user friendly shelving systems. Michael Casey mentioned in our class chat and I know other US libraries have followed suit. Dewey is rather problematic these days.

      Interesting thread: https://www.reddit.com/r/Libraries/comments/18cy75v/dewey_decimal_system_problems/

      I used to select in the 200s in my PL career.

    • Hi @nicoler! I think this is a great example of a library being responsive to its patrons needs. Instead of getting wrapped-up in the history of our profession, these librarians made a big change to help their community get the most out of their library! Our library still uses Dewey (and Cutter numbers, which feel truly ancient). But, I look forward to a day when our shelving is more intuitive and useful for our patrons!

    • @nicoler I tend to think of librarians as anarchist in the true sense of the word and I think this is a great example. Dewey didn’t work for this library (lets be honest, it probably never worked for anyone other than Dewey) and the librarians did away with it. Buck the system! FIGHT THE MAN! Do good in the world.

  • Elle wrote a new post on the site megabiblioteca 4 days, 2 hours ago

    Hyperlinked Environments – Information Literacy in Community CollegesI was inspired by the readings from Module 5 on information literacy in the academic library. As I work towards becoming a community […]

    • @elle Amen to open access! I am thrilled you highlighted Fister’s ideas and applied them to your future practice.

    • Hi @elle,
      I was drawn to your post as I have worked in information literacy for a long time and now am finding we’re doing more work to combine information literacy and digital literacy skills. As you noted from Fisher’s work and your observations, it’s about creation instead of just using information, and those skills carry over to all aspects of our lives. Open access and open educational resources are great movements to help promote lifelong learning!

  • Elle wrote a new post on the site megabiblioteca 4 days, 5 hours ago

    Hyperlinked Communities – A Need for Central PlanningMy thoughts on hyperlinked communities in the contemporary library space took me in several different directions. I took inspiration […]

    • @elle A well-crafted exploration of an important issue facing many communities! I agree that planning should be at a higher level and well being of all should be paramount.

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) Integration in Libraries AI is rapidly becoming an integral part of our world, and rather than try to run away from it and avoid it, libraries are in a position […]

    • Hi Leslie, Thank you for sharing this reflection on AI trends in libraries. I am curious to learn more about the University of Rhode Island AI Lab, for its focus on ethical, social, and economic implications of AI. Fear of AI or excitement around AI seems to hinge greatly on one’s class position or the economic system in which it is employed. I am curious to see more writing and research on how AI might impact existing and future labor issues in library work. It does seem crucial we both imagine and construct a world in which advancing technologies make the lives of the people better.

    • I took the two unit version of INFO 210 last semester, Reference in the age of Google and AI, and we got to do a lot of exploring about the potential uses of AI. While it’s not good for everything, it was helpful for tasks like translation, brainstorming and planning and there were even some pretty decent reader’s advisory tools, that could help libraries who can’t afford paid databases like Novelist. I don’t recommend using AI to generate citations though, at least not yet! I appreciate you sharing other potential applications like predictive analysis and digitization. Like any technology, I feel we need to apply AI thoughtfully and critically, so like Elle I find the University of Rhode Island lab especially interesting!

  • Innovation strategy and roadmap: The library labyrinth Link to my innovation strategy & roadmap: the library labyrinth Mindfulness, mental health, and a feeling of belonging are enduring […]

    • Wow, Rachel. This is an absolutely incredible plan. It of course had me placing mentally placing David Bowie into all the labrinth images for obvious reasons but this plan is beautiful, creative, and necessary. I love your emphasis on mental health for teenagers and this is such a creative way to connect them. I also loved the future plans section about how you could connect with mental health organizations to build on this emphasis. I think this really represents a “learn by doing” or “connect” in the chaos mentality. Thank you for this detailed approach to your roadmap, I am inspired.

      • Thanks for your kind comment @ayeouest! Now I can definitely see that I missed a key Bowie-related opportunity in my slides; I’ll have to do better next time! I’m glad you liked the idea. I taught a smaller one-time labyrinth program to middle school girls and it was a fun, beautiful program. The kids connected with mindfulness in a new way being able to design and guide each other through their creations. I think that scaling this up to a system-wide project would make it even more impactful.

    • Rachel, This is incredible! This is so well-planned, and I think it’s beautiful how you’ve connected the effort with the community’s mental health. I have found firsthand with my kids that “play” is such a beautiful, healthy, human thing for the soul. In your real-life experience with a labyrinth program, I’m curious if anyone was shy about getting started or if the kids were eager to jump in. As a shy kid, I would be totally engaged once something like this was in progress. But I would be afraid to be the first to start setting things up. And I always wonder (because it’s my personality–it’s a self-healing pondering!) if there’s a way to make getting started easier in group collaboration for those with more introverted personalities. I think that quieter group might benefit most of all from feeling like they belong and are connecting with others in a social project.

      • Thanks @alexisljohnson! When I taught a similar program with Girl Scouts, we generally had a few kids who hung back at the start of the program. Sometimes they were shy, or just tired after a long day at school. As a facilitator, I am always fine with a slow start. By the end of the program, all of the girls wanted to try new designs and walk each other’s creations.

        In the past, I usually did not try to make people participate, since I think that kind of engagement tends to happen organically as the kids see one another get excited. Also, some of the kids were less interested in building the labyrinths and just wanted to jump in when it was time to walk them. I think that having activities that engage multiple skill sets, or offer different times/types of engagement, usually helps introverted people find a place to jump in. However, I am such an extrovert, that I am not sure I am the best one to decide what would help make more introverted patrons feel comfortable contributing. Do you have any suggestions?

  • Reflection Blogging on Hyperlink Environments Aside from teaching and helping young adolescents develop their reading, math, science, social science, and information skills, it is […]

    • @samfeta27 I so agree about offering classes focused on technology. Your citation to the 2023 article about mobile devices and libraries is compelling and so recent. Seeking it out now!

    • I am signed up for life skills in the library class in the fall- glad to see I am not the only one thinking about this subgroup of patrons.

      • Hi Jennifer, I know I wish our library offered more opportunities like the ones I mentioned above. I would greatly appreciate it. 🙂 That is awesome to hear that you are taking advantage of those services, yay! If you do not mind me asking, what is it that you are signed up for?

    • Hi Samantha,
      I like you really gravitated to the idea of “Adulting 101”. All three of my children are within this age bracket and while I tried really hard to teach them all the necessary steps of life, sometimes they text me with “How do I sew on a button” type questions.

      I have a question about the proposed tech training classes at your library: Does the plan have to be all or nothing?
      I mean there seems to be such a huge range of skills that library patrons are struggling with. Self-check out is vastly different than searching and utilizing the OPAC.

      • Hi Carly, there are basic skills that I admit I could use some classes on too. :/

        Regarding the proposal, I think for my coworker and the rest of the seasonal library aides who work on the circulation team would be grateful if the librarians would utilize any of our ideas that we have put forth. I think ultimately he would have liked to have had a class on how to use our online databases and services, but the plan was quickly overlooked.

  • Reflection: Hyperlinked Environments and What Happens When They Break An urgent issue that we continue to face in our hyperlinked libraries is book banning. The ALA reported a rise in the number of titles challenged Continue reading

    • Hi Hildana – the way you linked libraries fighting book bans, due to it being antithetical to the core values of librarianship, to how book banning itself threatens the ability to maintain a hyperlinked library environment is a great point. In my very conservative area of Eastern Washington State, we’ve dealt with this a lot.

      The Columbia County Rural Library District in my area just fended off a motion to dissolve the entire library district due to book content. This was especially surreal as I worked side by side with some people named in the article who are now on opposite sides of the issue.

      That article linked below details the situation – the district won it’s battle against being dissolved – but currently the local county commissioners are working to fill the library board of trustees with those who support dismantling the library.


      • Wow, this article was a frightening read. I cannot imagine pushing for a whole library to be dismantled especially in an area where there appears to be a great need. I find it so difficult to understand where people pushing for censorship are coming from – where do they expect their community to go when seeking sensitive or personal information?

    • ****they lose the opportunity to progress and grow ***** This is such a powerful phrase.
      This is of course the ultimate goal of those who seek to ban. I cannot, however, wrap my brain around the why of that goal. Why is progression and growth seen as a negative. I get it intellectually. These people are afraid of losing their place in society. But as a human living on this communal rock hurtling through space and time why do we not want whats best for all?

      • Neither can I! I am fortunate to live in a state that embraces progress and has even banned the practice of book banning. However, I do worry about those who want to strive for progress and change in their communities but certain community members make that process an uphill battle. Ultimately, I think those fighting for book bans want to maintain the status quo and are ignorant of how the status quo is harming others.

    • @hildana A powerful post! I have watched the news from Idaho with much trepidation regarding what I see as libraries having to step backwards. the examples you share of patron needs resonate. And the article @jcwest shared is deeply troubling.

  • The Dokk1 Library Sends My Mind Spinning One of the things that excited me the most about signing up for this course was the thought of being exposed to information about […]

    • @messca13 I appreciate the way you were thinking. Please be open to what academic libraries might offer in the future. I appreciated your thoughts on where the library might fall with the performing arts. This is sort of related: I just saw a video about a university in Georgia that has a satellite in Savannah as part of their program in television and film. They’ve built an entire outside series of sets like New York St. and suburban Street etc. So interesting to me. I wonder if the university library played a role in the planning for that very unique service. Oh I also forgot they also have a volume set like used in the Mandalorian.

  • Caroline wrote a new post on the site hyperdriven 5 days, 23 hours ago

    Design with Service in Mind: Within & Beyond the Walls – Hyperlinked Environments (blog 2) The module on hyperlinked environments naturally led me to considering the design elements that underlie the environments that libraries […]

    • Hi @caroline, I absolutely loved your heading “we thought of you when we made this.” I feel like this phrase epitomizes the ethics of care that I hope we can bring to librarianship. It seems like it represents both our desire to serve our communities and our own humanity, since our thoughts, judgements, and best guesses are often involved in what we design/create for our patrons. This phrase makes me think of some of my sweetest moments in libraries when I have been able to offer a patron exactly what they need.

      • @rcsyme thank you so much! I’m sure it means so much to your patrons to know and feel that you had them in mind when you crafted services – this warms my heart. Intentionality is important to me, and I know that there are so many opportunities for it to come through in library services.

    • @Caroline Such great examples to demonstrate what is happening in the design space. You hit on something very important in the last paragraph and that’s the creative spark that leads folks to do things with what they have available to them in libraries.

    • Thanks for sharing about Library Lanes- what a cool program! Unfortunately, the library I currently work for does almost no programming for seniors.

      • @crain Isn’t it such a great way to engage the community?? I hope that maybe there’s room for your library to start some programming for seniors, or perhaps start by partnering with the local senior center?

    • I would love to. We do kind of partner with the local senior center, but only to bring the book mobile about once a month. We have quite a few seniors that regularly come to the library.

  • Caroline posted an update in the group Group logo of Hyperlinked NewsroomHyperlinked Newsroom 6 days ago

    A former student of mine recently went to this year’s handover for the Future Library (https://www.futurelibrary.no/) and I would love to plan a trip to attend a future handover and to visit the library space, which looks absolutely stunning.

  • Caroline posted an update in the group Group logo of My Favorite PodcastMy Favorite Podcast 6 days ago

    I just only now got into The Stacks, which is all about books 🙂

  • Caroline posted an update in the group Group logo of Hyperlinked NewsroomHyperlinked Newsroom 6 days ago

    Another piece to share, related to another podcast: Uncensored library: Banned journalism housed in virtual Minecraft architecture. 99% Invisible. https://99percentinvisible.org/article/uncensored-library-virtual-minecraft-architecture-houses-banned-journalism/

  • Hyperlinked Environments: Two Libraries Embracing Library 2.0 To find examples of environments that embody Library 2.0 and the hyperlinked library, I looked at two libraries: North York Central Library in Continue reading

    • @alana42 (thanks for putting your @username up top!)]

      This is a fun reflection on some of the big invasions in international libraries. It feels as though you’re laying a foundation for future study as you move through the program. Save this as an artifact for comp O!

      • Thank you Michael! Exploring the Oodi branch gave me some inspiration for my Innovation Strategy and Roadmap as well!

    • Hi Alana, Thanks for sharing! I love the idea of including more social spaces in library. I live in suburbs and I notice a kind of alienation that can occur here with limited walkable areas and poor public transit. I think many people in my community, myself included would benefit from accessible and public social spaces.

      • Thank you Elle! I now live in a very urban area, but I lived in the suburbs for a long time, so I know what you mean. One thing I like about working in libraries as well is we can often offer those social spaces for free, instead of something like a cafe where you feel like you need to buy something like a coffee to stay.

  • Nicole wrote a new post on the site The Hyperlinked Nicole 6 days, 8 hours ago

    Reflecting on hyperlinked museums In her 2012 TEDx Talk on “Opening Up the Museum,” Nina Simon laments that “museums are seen as elite institutions.” This may be true of c […]

    • @nicole287 Thank you so much for the wonderful post! You make an excellent point about ticket prices being a barrier to access for many museums (and for sharing out that many libraries do offer Discover & Go benefits to card holders – it’s one of my favorite library perks). And it is wonderful to know how family-friendly the museums in Seattle are! (I have niblings who will appreciate it!) I have often wondered why museums here in the States are not more interactive (and not free) than many I have visited abroad – many of the fantastic museums in Australia (Melbourne, in particular) are not only free, they are highly engaging going far beyond an audio tour. (Highly recommend the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, where you can film yourself in a Matrix-like scene, and also create your own flipbook! And it’s one of many free museums!) In my first reflection blog, I shared about the AR aspect of a recent exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California – a super cool added layer to the exhibit. As a museum-goer, I *love* any chance to get involved in what I’m learning about. The part of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta’s sit-in experience was so powerful, and was something that couldn’t be conferred in the same way though reading/watching/listening alone. I am realizing now that this comment is mainly me rambling about museum aspects that I love and want to see more of. I just recently had a conversation with a cousin about how more adult museums should be as interactive and fun as children’s museums. Thank you for your post!

    • @Nicole287 (Thanks for adding your @username up top!)

      So appreciate this rumination on the hyperlinked museum. I remember visiting the experience music project at the Seattle Center years ago and then visiting again when it became the pop culture Museum. I so enjoyed all the science fiction type stuff in the newer iteration. I also will agree with Caroline here that museums and other countries seem to be so much more user focused and perhaps interactive. And I understand that’s kind of a sweeping generalization. I was knocked out by the national museum of Scotland as well as the national Museum of Australia.

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