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Blog Reflection 2 – Hyperlinked Communities

Blog Reflection 2 – Hyperlinked Communities

The Hyperlinked Communities module was informative and strengthened the idea that “Libraries are for everyone”. (Stephen, 2020). A lot of people would agree with this idea, but it isn’t the truth around the world. It is for this reason that I was thinking hard about the question Professor Stephens asked, “Who isn’t being served?”. (Stephens, 2020). Though libraries are meant for everyone, there are still a lot of people that are unable to utilize the services that libraries offer. Some of these problems could come from geography, lack of digital skills, literacy diversity, communication, and etc. Many people are unable to go to the library because of how far they live from the library. Some people only know a foreign language and is unable to communicate with the library staff or the library doesn’t have materials in the foreign language.

Santa Clara Public Library Bookmobile (It brings books to users that can’t access the library due to living in remote areas or other circumstances.

It is for these reasons why hyperlinked libraries must reach out to their communities both online and offline while coming up with ways on spreading inclusion and diversity. For example Garcia-Febo (2018) provided a great approach that libraries could adopt or learn from “Together with ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services, we are producing videos to help library workers understand how to incorporate the principles of diversity, inclusion, and intersectionality throughout their library services.” Libraries should make their users feel like that belong and that the libraries care about them. (Lauersen, 2018) In the readings I especially liked Professor Stephens quote on how library users should be treated “we should consider our users through a lens of compassion and empathy.” (Stephens, 2017) It is only by having inclusion and diversity inside of the libraries that it is possible for the idea that “Libraries are for everyone” can become a fact.


Garcia-Febo, L. (2018, November 1). Serving with love: Embedding equality, diversity, and inclusion in all that we do. American Libraries. Retrieved from

Lauersen, C. (2018, June 7). Do you want to dance? Inclusion and belonging in libraries and beyond. The Library Lab. Retrieved from

Santa Clara City Library. Bookmobile Schedule: Santa [Image]. Retrieved from

Stephens, M. (2020). Hyperlinked Communities Module, [Lecture]. Retrieved from

Context Book Assignment: It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens

Context Book Assignment: It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens

Ever since its creation the internet has continued to evolve. Social media and social networking are just a byproduct of the internet’s evolution. With the creation of social media sites such as MySpace and Facebook the number of children and teens using social media are increasing constantly. This situation has caused parents to question the impact social media has amongst teens. It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens (2014)by Danah Boyd sheds insight on the topic and argues that social media isn’t as dangerous as parents believe it to be. I chose this book because it sounded interesting and was suggested by Professor Stephens. “I would suggest it should be required reading not only for parents and educators but also for librarians of all stripes. Boyd notes that “most teens are not compelled by gadgetry as such—they are compelled by friendship. The gadgets are interesting to them primarily as a means to a social end. ”” (Stephens, 2016, p. 24)

In the book Boyd focuses on multiple topics such as identity, privacy, addiction, danger, bullying, inequality, literacy, and how teens search for a space of their own. Boyd shared that many teens change their self-presentation online based on their audience friends, parents, and authority figures. Boyd (2014) stated that “the imagined audience defines the social context” (p. 32). The different social media platforms can also change how teen identities are presented online. Each platform influences how the teens act based on the different social norms. It is because of these factors that adults shouldn’t judge a teen’s identity based on their online profile or identity.

Though teens are willing to share information about themselves through social media it doesn’t mean that they don’t want privacy as well. Boyd (2014) found that “When teens – and, for that matter, most adults seek privacy, they do so in relation to those who hold power over them.” (p. 56). It has reached the point that teens are using social steganography “hiding messages in plain sight by leveraging shared knowledge and cues embedded in particular social contexts”. (p. 65) The online parental surveillance of teens could create a rift of distrust between the two groups.

The book brought up the issue that teens are addicted to social media and may become unsocial. To many of the teens social media is an outlet and an opportunity to reclaim some sense of agency and some semblance of social power. (Boyd, 2014, p. 98) As for being unsocial, it is the opposite, social media allows teens to engage in social interaction while learning about the world and about themselves. I especially liked Boyd’s quote “Being addicted to information and people is part of the human condition: it arises from a healthy desire to be aware of surroundings and to connect to society.” (p. 92)

No matter how useful or good a tool it is it can still be turned into a harmful weapon. Boyd agrees that online-initiated sexual assaults is possible but claims that many of those crimes happen offline and that sex crimes towards minors has been declining since 1992. (p. 111) Many of the parent fears of online sexual assaults come from the media that are distorted or blown out of proportions.

Boyd ends her book by pointing out that teens turn to social media or online spaces for a sense of freedom and belonging. These online spaces grant teens the opportunities to explore and learn about the world, while getting involved themselves.

It is important for libraries to reach out to teens and the public through social media and social networks. Casey (2007) stated in his book Library 2.0 that “Many libraries have started building presence in MySpace and Facebook by creating profiles.” (p. 90). Libraries can use social networks to provide outreach services to the public through posts. The libraries could also use these social networks to receive feedback from their patrons and the public on ways to improve their services like other hyperlinked libraries are doing. The world has change with the inclusion of the new technologies and the libraries have to improve their techniques for promoting library services. Libraries can no longer just rely on newsletters, advertisements, or newspapers, and etc. to communicate with the community. The potential aid that social media can provide to libraries especially hyperlinked ones is too great to ignore.

Danah Boyd discusses her book. This video is over an hour long so watch if you are interested.


Boyd, D. (2014). It’s complicated: The social lives of networked teens. Yale University Press.

Casey, M. E. and Savastinuk, L. C. (2007). Library 2.0 a guide to participatory library service. Information Today, Inc.

Microsoft Research. (2016, August 4). It’s complicated: The social lives of networked teens [Video file]. Retrieved from

Stephens, M. (2016). The heart of librarianship: Attentive, positive, and purposeful change. ALA Editions.

Blog Reflection 1 – Hyperlinked Library Model

Blog Reflection 1 – Hyperlinked Library Model

Before taking this course I have never heard of the term hyperlinked library, so after going through the lectures and the readings I was able to gain an understanding of hyperlinked libraries and how they are important to the continued existence of libraries.

Steve Denning’s (2015) article “Do We Need Libraries?” pointed out that libraries are in danger due to the disruptions made by technological advancements. The internet has made it possible for people to read books, articles, news, do research, and finish assignments without needing the services of libraries. It is for this reason that libraries have been making changes to their services to better adapt to the new age. If the libraries don’t change their mindset and approach towards the community then they will become obsolete like address books, pagers, maps, alarm clocks, and etc. Denning (2015) warned libraries against “merely computerizing existing services” and promoted the strategy to find the service library users would want to give it to them. Libraries need to focus on the users first of all.

The hyperlinked library services are an example of a strategy that libraries have implemented to adapt to the new age. No longer are libraries just buildings that houses books, videos, CDs, and information. Libraries are now becoming an important place for people in the community to come together to learn new important skills. The hyperlinked libraries communicates with its community and patrons to refine their services. “Hyperlinked library services are born from the constant, positive, and purposeful adaptation to change that is based on thoughtful planning and grounded in the mission of libraries.” (Stephens, 2020). I am sure that as long as the libraries continue to improve their services there would always be a need for libraries.


Denning, S. (2015). Do we need libraries?. Forbes. Retrieved from

Stephens, M. (2020). Hyperlinked Library Model, [Lecture]. Retrieved from