Virtual Symposium & Final Reflection: The Ever-Growing Garden of Hyperlinked Librarianship

To conclude our semester and highlight one of our foundational texts, The Heart of Librarianship: Attentive, Positive, and Purposeful Change, I used Canva to create a ticket stub for a fictitious theatrical production (Stephens, 2016). The play, The Ever-Growing Garden of Hyperlinked Librarianship, would be a story of librarians who work together to embrace hyperlinked librarianship and transcend their library—and community—into a realm of limitless possibilities. The ticket stub would not only serve as a piece of memorabilia for attendees—presumably, many of whom would be in the LIS field—but also as an ongoing reminder for show-goers to follow the production’s message by adhering to the “Terms & Conditions to Follow Beyond the Performance,” which entails what a successful hyperlinked librarian should understand in order to navigate our socio-technological landscape and practice hyperlinked librarianship (Stephens, 2016, p. 2). When reflecting on Information 287: The Hyperlinked Library, the course has profoundly impacted my developing philosophy of librarianship; yet, one sentiment stands out amongst all, especially in relation to the fictitious theatrical production’s synopsis: “hyperlinks are people too” (Stephens, 2020). Modern-day, hyperlinked librarianship is multidimensional and the most indispensable dimension is humanistic.

References

Stephens, M. T. (2016). The heart of librarianship: attentive, positive, and purposeful change. Chicago: ALA Editions, an imprint of the American Library Association.

Stephens, M. T. (2020). The hyperlinked library: Exploring the model. [Web Lecture]. Retrieved from https://sjsu-ischool.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=a0569381-4d66-4e0a-a7fa-aab3010a8f3e

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Director’s Brief:

Dokk1 in Aarhus, Denmark (Dokk1, n.d.)

Redefine the Academic Library, Redefine the Future: Implementing a Danish, User-Centered Trend at the Humboldt State University Library in Arcata, California

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Academic libraries are most commonly known as hubs for addressing the scholarly needs of students and housing massive print-based collections, which they are; however, there is a growing need for libraries—academic, included—to be safe, inclusive, and welcoming spaces for all community members. And while the Humboldt State University (HSU) Library in Arcata, California currently serves as the University’s center for research, scholarship, and collaboration, there are ways in which the Library could adjust its present practices to become a place that not only draws more students in from across the University’s campus, but also people from the greater community of Humboldt County. By implementing an innovative, user-centered trend that has been embraced by the Dokk1 Library, which earned International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)’s 2016 Public Library of the Year award, the HSU Library may work to redefine itself and ensure that community engagement is at the heart of all library planning (Witteveen, 2016, p. 43).

References

Dokk1. (n.d.). Dokk1 Aarhus/ Denmark. Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects.

https://www.shl.dk/dokk1/Witteveen, A. (2016). The people’s place. Library Journal, 141(15), 43.

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