Reflective Practice

Well all we’re finally here, I have left all my reflective thoughts regarding INFO 287 and The Hyperlinked Library in my Virtual Symposium which was posted to my blog just last week! I will continue to take what I’ve learned from Dr. Stephens and The Hyperlinked Library and apply it professionally and personally!

This class was my favorite class thus far as it really hit home and had so much to do with having a heart for others! Listen to my Virtual Symposium Podcast miniseries titled My Super 5 if you want to learn about my top five course takeaways! It’s been a blessing to work with you all, please do keep in touch and best of luck in the program and life moving forward!

“Techno Dave” signing out!

God bless


My Super 5

For my Virtual Symposium I wanted to challenge myself in the area of Podcasting. I thought of approaching the symposium by highlighting my “top five” takeaways from “The Hyperlinked Library” and Dr. Stephens, each showcased in a podcast installment. This past Saturday, I started brainstorming and selected my top five takeaways taught by Dr. Stephens. I wanted these installments to center around one of my favorite facets of The Hyperlinked Library and that is having a heart for others.

Once I had my subject matter down, I put on my “content creation hat.” Over the course of five days I wrote out themes and scripts; contacted and interviewed work colleagues, classmates from INFO287 (Ismael & Abraham), small business owners, and friends for the podcast; got in touch with local musicians to ask if I could include their music; I even got in touch with the Communications Department of San Mateo County Libraries to vet one of the podcasts to make sure it aligns; in the end, it was ALL worth it! It’s been a journey these past few days, most nights I’d sleep around one in the morning, but it was fun and I’d do it again!

My podcasting setup! So much fun, so little sleep.

It’s a blessing to have an audio engineering background as I had the tools (microphone, audio interface, Pro Tools) needed to record and edit the podcast (shown in the photo above). I conducted most interviews over Zoom, except one; I decided to use the internal microphone on my iPad to interview my wife. This assignment was all about learning and application; incorporating what I call “The Follow-Through.

Photo by 蔡 世宏 on Unsplash

I don’t want to bombard you with text in this blog post, but rather it’s my hope that this podcast miniseries will illuminate my journey and outlook regarding “The Hyperlinked Library” (just hit play).

I hope you enjoy my podcast miniseries called My Super 5!

My Super 5 Installments:

1) “Hyperlinks Are People Too” with DJ Loot (note: he was my Hyperlink), DJ Loot (Small Business Spotlight), Music from Myself & DJ Loot

2) “Power of Stories” (a self-reflection of my journey to and through public librarianship) Music from “CG”

3) “Soft Skills are Heart Skills” with Ismael Betancourt, Maya Victoria (Musical Spotlight), and Mike Zhou of Super Splash Brothers (Small Business Spotlight)

4) “The Intersection of Creativity & Cutting Edge” with JC Escalante, Abraham Escalante, and Music from Trinitydeep

5) “‘Always Learning’ & ‘What can you do now?'” with Joe inventor of S.M.I.L.E and G.I.G.G.L.E, Vanessa, and Bennett Roth (Musical Spotlight)

References (shown by the Podcast episode):

Podcast 1: Stephens, M. (2019). Hyperlinked Library: Hyperlinked Communities . The Hyperlinked Library.

Podcast 2: Stephens, M. (2019). Infinite Learning: Learning Everywhere . The Hyperlinked Library.

Podcast 3: Stephens, M. (2019). Reflective Practice . The Hyperlinked Library.

Podcast 4: Stephens, M. (2019). New Horizons . The Hyperlinked Library.

Podcast 5: Stephens, M (2018). PLEs @ ALA: Office hours. Library Journal.

Stephens, M. (2019). Infinite Learning: Professional Learning Experiences . The Hyperlinked Library.