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Reflection blog #1

For this week’s blog, I am going to write about three articles that I found interesting in this week’s readings. Into a new world of librarianship by Stephens, M. (2006), Library as infrastructure by Mattern, S. (2014), and Open to Change by Stephens, M. (2016) are the articles that will be covered in this blog. These articles highlight how libraries can move forward into the future of public service by thinking about the user. This means that libraries have to think of everyone as a user, children, teens, families, and older adults. 

How can libraries restructure their internal policies of thinking locally to thinking globally and embrace new ideas? They can do this by building new libraries that complement the user’s life. In the article by Mattern, S. (2014) Library as Infrastructure, the author outlines his proposal “that thinking about the library as a network of integrated, mutually reinforcing, evolving infrastructures — in particular, architectural, technological, social, epistemological and ethical infrastructures — can help us better identify what roles we want our libraries to serve, and what we can reasonably expect of them.” By doing so, libraries should and could be building with the flexibility to grow and adapt to a fast and changing world.

In addition, hyperlink libraries have to be a partner to the community they serve and get rid of old rules the stop patrons from using the library space and information. In the articles Into a new world of Librarianship and Open to change by Stephens, M. (2006, 2016), he talks about the importance of letting patrons into the library space and how libraries will change with the implementation of Web 2.0. With the arrival of new technologies come new opportunities to connect with patrons that are not primarily library users. This will allow libraries to branch out and expand the menu of services to new and existing patrons. To accomplish this, libraries must provide staff with the proper tools and training to shift their way of thinking and move away from the outdated culture of the past. Furthermore, librarians must adapt to sharing space in the library and also going into community spaces to share information.

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References:

Mattern, S. (2014). Library as Infrastructure. Retrieve from https://placesjournal.org/article/library-as-infrastructure/?cn-reloaded=1

Stephens, M. (2016). Open to Change. Retrieve from https://www.libraryjournal.com/?detailStory=open-to-change-office-hours

Stephens, M. (2006). Into a new world of librarianship. Retrieve from https://www.oclc.org/content/dam/oclc/publications/newsletters/nextspace/nextspace_002.pdf


3 Comments

  1. @ismael How cool to see the OCLC piece from so long ago paired with “Open to Change.” You draw parallels that are meaningful to me. Thanks for noting staff must be given the knowledge, tools and space to do the work of what was called Library 2.0 and now could just be called modern library service.

  2. @michael, hi professor Stephens, thank you for your comment. The more I learn about the hyperlinked library the more I can relate with its philosophy. I am a true believer in going all-in to help the community in all the different spaces. However, I also believe that organizations must do everything in their power to make sure the staff has the right tools to implement these changes. When everyone in the organization works towards a common goal the community will see greater benefits.

  3. @ismael You said: “I also believe that organizations must do everything in their power to make sure the staff has the right tools to implement these changes”

    YES! The support part of all of this – from admin, from the institution, from governing bodies, must be there.

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