Final Reflection

In honor of the country of origin for The Human Library, I submit this photo of a Danish Flag poppy that bloomed in my garden this morning.

As we wrap up this semester, I am amazed at how many ideas we have all absorbed in the last couple of months that we will continue to use in our future roles as information professionals. I love that this class was a seamless blend of encouraging us to explore and up our tech knowledge, while at the same time reinforcing the importance of “soft skills” such as kindness and empathy. At this moment in time, we can’t be sufficient in our future roles as librarians without both.

I’m not sure if I found my voice through the blogging requirement, but I did lose some of the anxiety of having to put myself out there, hoping somebody would find what I had to say was interesting or valuable. I would like to thank all the students who took the time to view my content and validate my contributions. I learned a lot from everyone, and am only sorry that time did not permit me to view all of the posts. What I did see was high quality work and it inspired me to work harder and to repeatedly get out of my comfort zone. I love that so many of us are hyper concerned with making our systems more equitable and better equipped to take care of the whole person. This class amped up my hopefulness, and I really needed that with all the chaos in the world right now. Best of luck to everyone.

Virtual Symposium Infographic: 5 takeaways from the Hyperlinked Library


Happy almost end of the semester! Here is my infographic accompanied with a recording to expand on the 5 takeaway concepts I chose to share. I have very much enjoyed this class. It has influenced my thinking on many levels and I think will make me a more creative and compassionate person, whatever my professional path may be. Thank you to everyone for your inspiring ideas and for actively participating in my journey through the MLIS program. I hope our paths cross in the future!

Here is the transcript of my recording:

Welcome to my Virtual Symposium Infographic presentation where I explore five takeaways from our Hyperlinked Library curriculum. Like many of my fellow students, I find it challenging to narrow the lessons covered in this incredibly inspirational class into only 5 concepts, but here’s my attempt.


Concept 1: Think of your users as customers. This idea goes back to our foundational materials and Michael Casey’s book Library 2.0, which encourages us to look outside of libraries and towards successful businesses and other institutions to notice how they compete for potential library users. For instance, Casey muses, why if libraries and bookstores have similar content, do people often prefer to linger longer in one space over another? How can we design our spaces to be more welcoming. Maybe we need to offer coffee and pastries along with free wifi and couches covered in attractive coffee table books. Many libraries have adopted this model. Additional support for this concept comes from the Anythink library, where librarians are referred to as concierges rather than librarians. As professionals we might consider ourselves paid to assist our customers by arranging tours or experiences. And finally, as Pam Sandlian Smith says in her Tedtalk about the Anythink Library, the library should be designed as a marketplace model, where people can browse and shop to pick and choose what they desire in the moment.


Concept 2: Blurring the Lines.


This was a big reoccurring and overreaching concept from the class for me. As libraries continue embracing participatory models, the distinction between us and them or librarian, designer, creator, and patron, becomes less defined.  For services you have multigenerational chess clubs, or family campouts, blurring the line for unnecessary age group confines. Libraries are blurring the line of indoor/outdoor by offering community gardens, outdoor reading rooms, bookmobiles, outdoor cafes, and giving away free passes to State Parks for infinite learning potential. In our creativity module, we learned about UCLA’s Powell library not distinguishing the staff space from that of the users, but rather creating a living room model that was used for different things at different times. The same article mentions that there is no divide between high staff satisfaction and customer satisfaction, because these are intricately linked together, once again using successful businesses as evidence to support this claim.


Concept 3: A Home Away from Home

A library should make people feel at ease and promote an instant sense of belonging for whoever walks through the door. It should be cozy, embracing hygge, a concept many of my peers explored over the semester. We want sleepovers, and mulled wine, and soup nights, and maybe access to showers or closets with some basic necessities. We want non-judgmental safe places that protect us from the harsh realities life often brings. My local library had a rolling coat rack for people to donate or take coats as needed this winter season. Maybe we embrace the open library model so people can relax and keep warm outside of staffed hours. Reconsider reflecting back to a librarians as concierges model. perhaps we have volunteer or staff members walk around with warm washcloths or just wander around sometimes to ask if anyone needs any help? Long gone is the intimidatingly large stationary desk with the librarian perched behind its fortress waiting for those bold enough to approach.


Concept 4: Play is good for everyone. Circling back to observing other institutions as role models, I went to the Sonoma County’s children museum last weekend and was blown away. Their Mission Statement is “to inspire curiosity and creativity through joyful, transformative experiences.” And their vision Statement is “we envision a compassionate and vibrant place that supports the creative potential of all children and enhances a child’s capacity to actively contribute to the long-term health and prosperity of the community. I loved that. Health and prosperity IS directly linked with joy and play. But it’s not just for children. This was explored in the New Models module and highlights that the Nordic philosophy for play was meant to bring people of all ages and social groups together into public places. Our libraries must be places we clamor to gather and celebrate during all stages of our lives, not places where we feel dependent upon informational professionals who tell us to be quiet or not to touch anything.


Concept 5: The Human library.

Many of us have been incredibly moved by the Danish concept of the Human Library that has now moved into many libraries all over the world. Check out some books, who are people. Learn what it’s like to be someone else. Empathy is so valuable in how to navigate the world and there are so many stories we can’t live or understand through our own limited experience. I wanted to include this as a stand-alone idea as one of my takeaways because it encompasses almost all the modules in one service. It’s telling stories, it’s participatory, it’s wholehearted, it’s infinite learning, it’s new model, it connects people in a profound way and it’s proof that libraries can be a solution to bringing understanding to the world. It also showcases how without people and without humanity, our libraries are just places.


Thanks for listening and for an incredible semester filled with thought provoking and hopeful ideas.

Inspiration Report: A Proposal For Creating a Culture of Play

Happy May fellow INFO 287 bloggers. I took a cue from fellow student Katie K and tried to create an animated Canva presentation as a proposal to the Sonoma County Library Board of Directors. The idea is for creating an annual local artist/creator residency program for the Sonoma County Library. I was inspired by the foundational materials focused on building play into library services and into the streets of potential users through pop-up installations inspired by the Street Lab initiative. Here is my Inspiration Report.


Reflection: Infinite Learning and Learning Everywhere.


For this reflection, I was drawn to the subject matter of the Infinite Learning Module which dovetails into Learning Everywhere. This is because the more I explore the LIS curriculum and learn about the barriers that exist for many non-library users, I’m more interested in ideas and services that are not kept inside the library at all. Whether the language of the library sign unintentionally excludes people, or programming is segmented by age, therefore being less attractive to people from cultures that prefer to spend their leisure time in multigenerational groups, I find myself drawn to programs that are designed “to look outside the physical space and study the people we serve” (Stephens, 2014).

Photo by Tom Fisk

Even virtual programming has limits for people who don’t have access to the internet or have other barriers to technology. When Professor Stephens “was getting fired up” about learning everywhere, he effused such adjectives as unexpected, spontaneous, anytime and anywhere. Well, nothing is more spontaneous than a “pop-up.” It reminded me of this NYT article about  Street Lab. This nonprofit group is truly taking their services into the streets! Creating obstacle courses and chalking art areas in streets that have been blocked off for pedestrians are just some of the renegade services which showcase how “Street Lab’s pop-ups borrow from an urban tradition of using streets and other public spaces for temporary (and sometimes unsanctioned) activities” (Hu, 2023). This initiative brings the act of creativity and play to the people instead of trying to entice them inside libraries, which has until recently been subject to restrictive social distancing and rigorous sanitization necessitated by the pandemic. Community pop-ups seem culturally linked to the Nordic idea of play which has inspired many urban designs “not restricted to specific areas or to children” (Dowdy, 2022). This idea is also a reversal of trying to get people off the streets and making playgrounds too safe for meaningful play to take place. All people deserve an opportunity to play, regardless of how they identify. Mobile services like these speak to the values of inclusivity and innovation that our communities deserve.




Dowdy, C. (2022, February 7). What Nordics can teach us about having fun. BBC.

Hu, W. ( 2023, April, 1). Go play in the streets, kids. Really. NYT.

Stephens, M. (2014, November 26). #YLIBRARY: Making the case for the library as space for infinite learning. State Library of Queensland YLibrary Project.



Reflection: The Power of Stories


In the Module 10 video for the Power of Stories, Professor Stephens encourages us to close our eyes and visualize our childhood summers. Willingly, I conjured up my story, which is a treasured memory collage made up of many years at sleepaway camp. This reverie, at first comforting, began to unravel as I worked through the material which ultimately led to the awareness of my unique and unearned privileges as a human in society, whose story is primarily a happy one. For many people, childhood, whatever the season, can be a more difficult story, replete with trauma.

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A wide spectrum of experiences can be applied to our relationships with libraries too. When I read about the Listening Lab inside the library of the St. Petersburg College, I had a burst of heartwarming nostalgia. I fondly recall being a child at my library independently using headphones, and handling records for listening to stories and music. I also remember being sad when this technology proved antiquated and was consequently removed. I have been collecting and listening to vinyl since I was a kid, and I love the idea of offering a public space for people to reconnect with turntables and to discover music without a huge financial investment, especially in a college library setting. This program triggers the love I have for my library story because I was given sanctuary and freedom within its walls.While there are many people like me whose story is overwhelmingly positive and even feel the library saved their life, there are also many people of color who were made to feel like intruders or were outright excluded. For those who want to learn more about the less heroic story of how libraries have not always been a source of support for all people, I suggest that you read this article.

Photo by Victoria Akvarel

Learning about the truth of how libraries “have been- and still-are complicit in systems that oppress, exclude, and harm Black people, indigenous people, and people of color” (Public Library Association, 2023) requires that when we are telling stories, we are listening and looking for the stories that are not always comfortable to tell or hear.  In an effort to become better for all patrons, how can libraries encourage true stories about how it has not always lived up to its lofty goals? One idea is for our libraries to intentionally arrange difficult conversations as part of the library scheduling, like the Civic Lab program in Skokie, IL. This program addresses that libraries can no longer court neutrality as a value, and instead tackles tough subjects, including racism, effecting the community by offering patrons reliable sources of information to bolster independent thinking. In the assembled resources this program offers helpful questions which provides people of differing opinions to engage in provocative and insightful conversations, such as “What is one thing about you that you wish other people could understand?” This kind of open ended question is a great way to hear someone’s story. This kind on question is also an example which closely models the goals of narrative inquiry (NI) that Michael Stephens suggests librarians use as a “way to gain first-hand knowledge of both librarian experience and the specific stories of our community”,  calling it a “powerful tool that can be leveraged to gain rich and detailed information regarding a person’s views of the world, be it how they learn or what they might need from the library” (Stephens, 2020). We should be asking our patrons not just what they love about their library, but if they have had a negative experience that has shaped their relationship with libraries or made them feel unwelcome.  Otherwise, we are not telling the whole story and we will not be able to truly understand how to make our libraries palaces of the people.

Photo by Kampus Production


Public Library Association, (2020, July 6). PLA statement and call to action for public library workers to address racism. American Library Association.

Stephens, M. (2020, April 9). Office hours: Narrative inquiry. Tame the Web.

Innovation Strategy and Roadmap: Implementing A Gear Library


My idea is for the Sonoma County Library to move beyond offering free day passes to State Parks by creating participatory programming that teaches families how to camp and to create an online accessible outdoor recreational gear library. If according to Eric Klinenberg, libraries are indeed “essential features of our social-well being”( Peet, 2018) and “there is evidence that incorporating more nature into one’s life improves physical and mental health in addition to enriching social well-being,” (Madden, 2022) what responsibility do libraries have to correct the “combination of economic inequality, legalized segregation, and other forms of historical and present-day overt/covert racial violence has perpetuated a diversity gap in the outdoors” (National Health Foundation, 2020)? We can’t just give someone a free day pass and expect them to use it if they have trauma, anxiety or inexperience with being in a wilderness environment. Libraries have an opportunity to bring people inside and teach them that family camping is a fun, covid-safe, and learnable activity and then watch them take what they learn outdoors.

Here is my Canva presentation :

I want to say that I still struggle with finding ease with these graphic design programs( hence the sending this only 1 day before the due date). I won’t admit how long it takes me to successfully drag a text box to a desired location. I’ve been impressed by what others have created for this project and continue to be inspired to push my technological boundaries!


Madden, E. (2022, May 20). Learn how nature can be just what the doctor ordered. Daily Herald.

National Health Foundation. (2020, July 20). Breaking down the lack of diversity in outdoor spaces. National Health Foundation.

Peet, L. ( 2018, October 3). Eric Klinenberg: Libraries and social infrastructure.       Library Journal.


Reflection 3: Creating Hyperlinked Environments for Connecting People to the Environment

I opted to go down the public library rabbit hole in exploring Hyperlinked Environments. There were some great takeaways from this article about an incredible public library in Memphis. While the main attraction of this piece is about the 2+ million dollar teen facility that is truly a hyperlinked library masterpiece, there were also few kernels of wisdom about how to create a unique and successful hyperlinked environment anywhere. For one thing, and this point has been covered by a lot of my fellow students, “libraries are no longer hushed repositories of books” (Grant, 2021). This is such a radical change to the “SHHH!!!” library environments of my childhood.

In addition to the dramatic changes to the internal environment of libraries, there is a movement afoot linking people to the actual environment. There are studies investigating how vocabulary about the natural world is declining because people are increasingly disconnected from nature. There are also other studies   which conclude that residents of low income neighborhoods have less access to green spaces which is critically linked to health and well-being. In the spirit of Wholehearted librarianship, could our libraries be a solution to both of these problems? Once again, I must give a shout out to my local library which is promoting free passes to the

California State Parks.

Another student celebrated this opportunity on our class site, which is also running throughout the whole Bay Area. This is such a great program to encourage people to explore the outdoors. I wondered though, about patrons who might have anxiety or lack experience visiting immense rural spaces with minimal amenities or those who might be intimidated by overnight camping? I grew up camping, but many people have not had the opportunity to experience sleeping in the great outdoors. This got me thinking about how some libraries have been hosting sleepovers. It’s a very popular program in libraries all over the country and it is not something that I ever had the opportunity to do when I was a kid. When I was in 4th grade, my favorite book was From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler,  which is about a brother and sister hiding out in the Metropolitan Museum of Art for several nights.  I would have jumped at a chance for an overnight in my library. The sheer number of these events makes me think that librarians must be taking note of what other libraries are doing to morph into unique and innovative environments. The preliminary research that inspired Memphis’ Public Library director Keenon McCloy on how to revamp her branches involved talking to and visiting other great libraries. Her experience was that the libraries she reached out to, “all wanted to help me and share what they’d learned, because that’s how library people are. No one is proprietary and we’re not competitive with each other. We’re about the greater good” (Grant, 2021). In the spirit of seeing if other libraries are offering any in-house camping opportunities, I did another search. Sure enough, I found this.

This event is so cool and could be a great practice camp for a family. If your family doesn’t own a tent, the library has some to borrow. Many people don’t explore camping precisely because it requires a financial commitment for gear. Another search led me discover that there is an established tradition of gear lending libraries. Ideally, public libraries that would promote free State Park Passes would recognize that in addition to waiving park fees, they could offer a camp experience for learning how to set up a tent and how to make a delicious camp stew . They might also provide a connection to a local gear lending library to ensure that patrons have access to both the confidence and resources necessary to broaden their environmental horizons. Getting our patrons to come inside our libraries only to be inspired to go back outside and connect with the world feels very hyperlinked.


Grant, R. (2021, November). How Memphis created the nation’s most innovative public library. Smithsonian Magazine.

Grimes Public Library. 2022. Family Camp Out.

Sonoma County Library. February, 2023. Visit CA State Parks for Free with Your Library Card.






Reflection on Hyperlinked Communities : What If?

Professor Stephen’s web lecture on Hyperlinked communities synthesized many fabulous ideas from different libraries that support and connect diverse communities. Sleeping, eating, and meditating in a safe place decorated with multilingual signs got me thinking. What if instead of looking to libraries for innovative ways to meet community needs, we also took inspiration from spaces other than libraries that are designed for inclusion, diversity, and successful information navigation?

I had the privilege recently to take an international trip which necessitated  spending many hours in different international airport lounges between flights. The best one by far was housed in the Hong Kong International Airport. It had sleeping rooms, self-serve buffets, a tea room, a wide variety of lounging furniture with places to plug in, a meditation space, some impressive plants, and showers. This space was created to meet a plethora of human needs for people from all over the world coming from many different time zones and cultures.

This got me thinking about how libraries could easily be modeled on the airport lounge. Library users could also be considered travelers that defy space and time via hyperlinked services. My brain started to explode with the possibilities. I thought about the digital flight boards which require information to be displayed in multiple languages so that people from all over the world could understand when and where they needed to go without asking for outside help. What if instead of the library sign being in one language, which Christian Laurensen points out is unintentionally but nevertheless exclusionary, you could have a digital sign which fluidly changed languages? What if in the spirit of radical trust, people were allowed to program what the sign said? And what if that was translated into multiple languages? Welcome. Selamat datang. Bienvenidos. It would teach people how to say kind things in languages they don’t know, making them better informed world citizens. It could be considered participatory rebranding.

After considering the possibilities of creating a sanctuary that meets the needs of the whole person, I  found this repeating column from the NYT called, “Where We Are, a series about young people coming of age and the spaces where they create community” (Brinkhurst-Cuff, 2023).These are fascinating articles reporting how teens across the world are getting creative about defining what safety and freedom looks like for youth lacking ample societal support. There is a lot to be garnered about information behaviors here for the librarian who is looking to meet the needs of teens through their programming. This piece about teen, queer, female Nigerian skateboarders thrifting together depicts their collective ritual of gathering at an open market in Lagos to search through mounds of clothes.  At the thrift market, the clothes are not categorized along different age or gender demarcations, unlike a traditional store.  Instead of being bogged down by what section they should be shopping in, according to how society would organize their identity, they are only limited by pocket money and  personal taste. It’s a model of intellectual freedom.

A group of young women looking through tall stacks of books in an outdoor market. The woman in the center, wearing Crocs, black pants, a baggy button-down shirt and a baseball hat, holds a fitness guide.

(Tayo, 2023)

What if the library not only had showers, but it also had a thrift store? Similar to the community closet idea presented in our lecture,  a space offering different supplies that “travelers” need and can be sourced and chosen without restriction? This is perhaps a utopian concept, but I identify with Professor Stephens when he says our libraries need to take care of the whole person. Of course, architectural renovations require serious financial influx, and we know that this is not a reality for most communities. However, some of these ideas can be accomplished by simply repurposing existing spaces. Our local library had it’s own version of a community closet in the teen section that was a plastic hanging shoe rack filled with free toiletry items such as toothbrushes and feminine products. It wasn’t as private as a closet, but it was in a discrete corner that made it easy to access without much fanfare. There are accessible and achievable ways of showing concern for people that our libraries can model. As we struggle for innovative solutions in library spaces and services, we also need to be looking outside of these institutions. We will then be able to see what people are doing independently of and despite these systems, and then recreate these initiatives.


Brinkhurst-Cuff, C. (2023). Where we are: The thrift market. The New York Times.

Tayo, S. (2023). Teens thrifting at a market in Lagos, Nigeria. [Photograph]. The New York Times.


Assignment X: You’ve Created a Safe Space, Now What?



This is a picture of a watercolor painting I created for the middle school library I  worked in before beginning the MLIS program 2 years ago. I saw a version of this sign in businesses around town and I thought, “We need a sign like that in our library!” I was excited to see a version of this sign in the Hyperlink lecture on participatory service that was even more comprehensive by including size, ability, and mentioning all people in general. Inclusive messaging in physical and virtual libraries is of the utmost importance in signaling to a community that they belong and are considered valuable constituents. Whether on the front door or the homepage, with libraries struggling to stabilize and increase patron numbers, it is of vital importance that an atmosphere of support and inclusivity is explicitly and prominently displayed. While posters like these are an important stepping stone, in an effort to acknowledge that what our libraries say may not be enough to keep users around, it is paramount to create platforms that are not merely one-way conversations telling users what they believe or what is happening. As mentioned in Library 2.0, libraries should “harness the power of its users” and “change the way they craft their services and tools so that users have a clear and open avenue on which to communicate and participate” (Casey & Savastinuck, 2007).

February’s email newsletter from the Sonoma County Library is a great example of a participatory platform that reaches out to the community and asks them to share what they love about their library on a variety of social media platforms. Demonstrating inclusivity, the library makes a point to acknowledge that many patrons would never communicate via this fashion and wisely mention that directly responding to this email is a viable way to let staff know what they think. Another key way to reach active users in a community is to have alternate language translations of content for outreach announcements. Of course, soliciting feedback is the primary step in developing a participatory model, but the next step is actually using the feedback to design and enhance programming. This e-letter would be even better if it mentioned how the library plans to utilize community opinions in future decisions.  Another criticism of this outreach effort is that it does not successfully engage with the crucial nonusers who are not signed up to receive the letter, thus limiting what the library can learn about delivering better services community wide. While our libraries certainly deserve our love, they also need honest feedback to stay relevant. Some of the most important feedback comes from those who do not consider the library worth exploring and do not sign up for the newsletters.

This recent article from the NYT highlights some exciting new things across the country that libraries are doing to go beyond creating safe quiet spaces by embracing a participatory model.

In this photo, a pair of teenagers sit together, strumming guitars. One is wearing a navy blue sweatshirt and jeans and the other is wearing a taupe T-shirt and gray shorts.

( Cromwell , 2023)

Above is a picture of some young patrons jamming out in a YOUmedia space. Emphasis on the YOU! They can also use this space for making podcasts, designing video games, and exploring other technological options. This article is rife with some inspiring and existing participatory services offered within libraries. An honorable mention goes to libraries encouraging volunteers of all ages to narrate and record audiobooks to be enjoyed by all, but also uniquely support the visually impaired community. This article is a must read for the Hyperlinked Library student. In a participatory fashion, the authors have included links at the bottom of the article requesting your favorite library memory and an update about what is going on in your library. Why not send something back? The wide audience reached by the New York Times may be instrumental in getting the conversation about how libraries are moving away from transactional models to be less hypothetical.

Tell Us:
What’s your favorite memory from a library?
What’s happening in your local branch these days?

Casey, M. E., & Savastinuk, L. C. (2007). Library 2.0: A guide to participatory library service. Medford, N.J: Information Today.

Cromwell, R. M. (2023). Budding musicians strummed guitars in the YOUmedia space. [Photograph] The New York Times.

Egan, E. & Ackerberg, E. (2023, February 14). A love letter to libraries, long overdue. The New York Times.

Sonoma County Library. February, 2023. Share the library love.




Reflections on Foundational Readings AND the Hyperlinked Library

Here are some ideas which are emphasized in both the foundational readings and the Hyperlinked Library that I find thrilling about being a current student of information science:


Open Heart

Learning to be a good information scientist at this moment in history emphasizes the importance of utilizing social tools alongside database and categorization expertise. No matter how great the technology is, or how vast the resource offerings are, if librarians don’t exude a desire to connect and assist, the people will go elsewhere.  As mentioned in this article , librarians need to be focused on “lowering the barriers to entry and reducing fear and anxiety” (Mathews et al, 2018).The job of a librarian seems to be shifting away from being solely versed in complex and precise methods of organization, towards understanding what people want/need and how to encourage them to use the library for life enhancement. According to our readings, some crucial skills that successful librarians need to embrace are nurturing, encouraging of play, building of community, and empowering its users. This is an exciting philosophical opportunity for me as a library professional who is not digitally native and still struggles to be adept at using current technology. By creating and contributing to a culture of compassion, I can aspire to uphold an essential mission of libraries.


Open Mind

Another important theme of both library 2.0 and the Hyperlinked library is the much-needed redistribution of power. There is a call to flatten all conversations within the traditionally hierarchical and bureaucratic infrastructure of libraries and to bring in patrons and users as the real experts of the library system, services, and spatial design. In describing the Internet, Searls and Weinberger state that, “No one owns that place. Everybody can use it. Anyone can improve it.”, ( Searls & Weinberger, 2015). This attitude also might be applied to the new missive of decentralizing the source of contributors and creators that define library systems, “switching from a transactional model to partnership models” (Mathews et al, 2018). Although in respect to libraries, “everyone owns that place” would arguably be a more suitable sentiment, in either case, we must be prepared to dismantle existing mindsets and other barriers of inclusion. It’s fascinating how successful physical library spaces are modeling the psychology required to remain relevant. Roving and transparent desks that can transform miraculously and instantaneously to work for any individual are good examples of the innovative and nimble thinking librarians should adopt.


Open Sky

In my own life, I often turn to teens for ideas and inspiration. They know so many things that wouldn’t even occur to me, and they aren’t encumbered by the psychological obstacles of “the way things are usually done”. This segment of society is often devalued, even though they have fresh and forward-thinking solutions this world so desperately needs. Library 2.0 demonstrates the failure of our libraries by mentioning data signifying the historical dearth of teen patrons. While trying to synthesize our readings to contemplate what our libraries should become, a lightbulb went off when viewing the video about the Mindspot project. This initiative exemplifies what our INFO 287 literature collectively suggests how libraries of the future need to look. Engaging, enticing, and empowering the youth to define and create programming and spaces with fresh energy is the way to override and surpass traditional thinking. Transferring ownership of the physical and virtual library over to our youth, who are natural innovators, is the kind of universe I want to participate in!




Matthews, B., Metko, S., & Tomlin, P. (2018, May 7). Empowerment, experimentation, engagement: Embracing partnership models in libraries. Educause Review.


Searls, D. & Weinberger, D. (2015, January 8). New clues.