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.
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