Hi everyone! For my virtual symposium project, I decided to create an illustration to sort of wrap up what I considered some of the core principles of the Hyperlinked Library. I’m embedding the video below (went a bit over five minutes, whoops!) and my transcription underneath that. I think I edited out all of the “ums” and “uhs” in the transcript (California native, here). I also threw in some fun links to things that were relevant.
Happy May and happy almost-end-of-the-semester!
Hi there! My name is Lillie Moore and I’m a student in Info 287, the Hyperlinked Library. For my final project I decided to do a bit of an illustration, so you can see it working in the background, just a time lapse video of me sketching this out. I will warn you, illustration is very new to me, it’s something I’ve kind of picked up, it’s a quarantine hobby, maybe you could call it. Something I’ve picked up the last few months, so I’m by no means a good illustrator yet, but I did have a lot of fun doing this, and I thought it would be a fun way to represent just how I felt about this class in general.
So to just give a little bit of a background, I work as a teacher, but I’ve always been interested in library sciences. I don’t know why I didn’t go to that in the first place instead of going right into teaching, but I figured it out in the last few years that that’s definitely where I would rather be, as much as I enjoy teaching. So, I’ve been really inspired though, by, kind of that “vintage 90s kid computer lab” experience? I grew up in the 90sand 2000s, so I have a lot of fond memories of that “once a week, that you go to the computer lab and maybe your teacher had opportunities for you to do something but most of the time it was just messing around on the computers a little bit, so I used that as my source of inspiration for this project. Which I thought is kind of funny because the Hyperlinked Library is so modern and new, and yet I wanted to do something that connected with my personal past, and probably a lot of nostalgia for a lot of people. So that’s where this vintage iMac aesthetic came up, and trust me I know I’ve got some anachronisms, I’ve got some Windows boxes instead of Mac boxes, it’s a mess, but you know, suspension of disbelief.
So, let me talk about some of the key components of this illustration and how they connect to me with the Hyperlinked Library.
So I feel like the best place for me to start is the image as a whole. Like I said, I was inspired mostly by those old, vintage iMacs, you can kind of see me in the beginning using inspiration from. And then it just sort of spiraled from there. Now, the first thing I wanted to do was make a list of, you know, what were some key tenets for me for the Hyperlinked Library, and I’m afraid I’ve already crossed these out and didn’t think to put that on a separate layer, but we can read through them pretty easily here. And I figure I might as well go through step by step, and kind of explain my process of why did I put certain things in some places, what did I mean, what’s the relevance. And some of them are just to tszuj is up, but let’s check it out!
So the first thing I wanted to mention was how Hyperlinked Library should be accessible and I really feel like I hit that with this Instant Message box. It’s an AIM box, but I really wanted to make it something that is a library that is accessible both online and in person, so I’ve got a little conversation going on here, so from the San Jose Library: “Hey! This is the on duty librarian. How can I help you?” And then from Peachesaplenty: “Hi! I’m working on a report about Beethoven for my music class. Can you tell me some good places to start researching?”
Pretty simple and standard library request, but I thought the idea of making it an instant message instead of having to hunt someone down, could make this a little more interesting. I also see this as a little bit participatory, right? It is a student (maybe not the student), the patron, and the librarian working together, on a system that works for both of them. And so it’s connected, it’s accessible for a lot of people, and then in the vein of another one that’s kind of to touch on accessibility, or maybe just to touch on kindness a little bit, I’ve added this sticky note down here, that just reminds people where they can get some snacks if necessary. I feel like that’s an important part of libraries that we sort of overlook is for a lot of people they are places beyond just information providing centers, but places that can provide some level of refuge, and I feel like that matters a lot in the library.
Unrelated, but I was actually really proud of how this effect with the Post-it note turned out! It was just like a warping effect that I found on Procreate, that worked perfectly because I was sitting there trying to figure out like, “How do I make this Post-it note look like not just a square?” So having it flip up in the corner I thought was really fun. Anyway, just a little artist’s note.
I wanted to add that in-person element as well, with the whole connectivity of the library, which is why I added these flyers to the background. One, to just make it a little more visually interesting besides just the computer, but to also show like, “hey we are still connecting with people in person, when available of course.” And trying to bring in events and opportunities to help people learn or help people become more involved in not just the library, but things that might excite them in life, things that might make them interested in life.
And these last two tidbits were probably my most favorite to work on. This is kind of both the storytelling aspect, that we’ll get to in a second here with that Word style document, but also the idea that a Hyperlinked Library involved creation, not just consumption. So yes of course, you can reach out to a librarian, and learn where you can find some information, but you also have those tools to create something of your own, something that sparks your interest. On a practical level, this was one of my favorite aspects, was making that illustration of the brain. It was an effect that I found on Procreate, a glitch effect that I added to a drawing that I had already sketched out recently.
And that’s the final project! Realizing right now that I forgot to sign it in the corner. I will add that at the end. But just to wrap it up, to me, the Hyperlinked Library is a system that is participatory, it includes people who work for the library but people who also go to the library. Anyone who goes to the library needs to participate in its wellbeing and in the creation of materials. I see the Hyperlinked Library as connected as possible. It doesn’t need to just exist in person as physical building. The library can be an idea, it exists online, it exists in spaces that we can’t necessarily see. I didn’t touch on this as much, but I love the storytelling aspect of the Hyperlinked Library and I couldn’t find a way to include it in here in a way that made sense to me, other than that little Word document. But that is my favorite aspect of the Hyperlinked Library. Storytelling is something that connects us, and you know, connecting is what the hyperlinks are all about!
Finally, well, I guess two more things, is making sure there are events and opportunities for people to learn. This is pretty standard in libraries, but you know I just don’t want to ever let go of that. I don’t want a library to be a space where it’s just housing materials. And then finally: accessibility, and this ties really well with that in-person/online connection. That making sure that the library space is accessible to as many people as possible is a huge priority for me.
So, that is my project for the Hyperlinked Library. I hope you enjoyed it! I had a really fun time illustrating this. It took me… a few hours, altogether, but I just kind of broke it up and worked on it in the evenings, and just it was such a blast to do something creative and kind of unusually for a class project. Happy May, happy June, happy whenever-you’re-watching-this, and I hope you have an excellent rest of your year.