Assignments are practical exercises in applying concepts and ideas related to The Hyperlinked Library. We want this course to provide you with practical assignments for applying the experiences that you are having while considering the lectures and content as well as to motivate you to create artifacts that have relevance in your professional life.

Please note that the due dates are set throughout the semester and assignments are due usually on Sunday nights.  For those of you seeking your SJSU Certificate pay special attention to the assignments that are required.


 Due Date: Ongoing

After establishing a blog through our MOOC site, you will use this electronic publishing medium to share your thoughts and ideas on the Hyperlinked Library as you progress through the course. Weekly  reflection blogging will allow you to explore course modules and apply your own critical take on the topics. After reading and exploring a module,  write a blog post about the experience and how  you believe the issue/topic impacts library service. What might change? What could we do differently? Where do the readings/videos/sites take you in your thinking about library or information work?

Blogging →
This assignment is required for those seeking the SJSU Certificate

Community Engagement

 Due Date: Sunday, September 29th

The modules on hyperlinked library communities emphasize rethinking the library user as an individual who leads just as rich a life online as she does offline.  Doing so, however, requires us to think about technologies and services that we can offer to engage our digital users in their broad communities of interest.

Community Engagement →

Planning for Technology-Based Services

 Due Date: Sunday, October 13th

After exploring our module devoted to planning, you will choose one of two options to gain some experience planning for an emerging technology-based service or crafting a social media guidelines statement.  Either of these options will allow you the chance to apply the concepts of participatory design to your deliverable. How can a new technology-based service enhance participation in the library or information center? How might human-focused, positive guidelines for social media use set a course for conversation?

Emerging Technology Planning → or     Social Media Guidelines →

Context Book

 Due Date: Sunday, November 3rd

The Context Book assignment gives you an opportunity to explore literature outside of our focus for this course but tangentially related to core concepts.  Some questions to spur your thinking: How does the book align with our course content? What can librarians glean from these works? How might the focus of some titles impact library service? Users? The way we exchange and share information? Consider your choice as a way to explore what might be coming for libraries within the framework of participatory service.

Context Book →

Online Professional Learning Network

 Due Date: Sunday, November 17th

The Online Professional Learning Network (OPLN) will stimulate you to begin curating online professional resources that will continue your learning outside of your formal learning experiences here an elsewhere.  We define an OPLN in the broadest way possible: If a resource is online and it helps you to achieve your learning goals, it is a part of your learning network.

Online Professional Learning Network →

Virtual Symposium

 Due Date: Between Monday, November 18th and Sunday, November 24th

The symposium is a way to share your learning with the other members of our hyperlinked community. Imagine strolling around a beautiful space where each of you have created something the represents your takeaways or insights from #hyperlibMOOC. Focus on this question:What are you taking away from the Hyperlinked Library MOOC?

Virtual Symposium →
This assignment is required for those seeking the SJSU Certificate

Director’s Brief

 Due Date: Sunday, November 24th

The Director’s Brief gives you the opportunity to home in on a technology-enhanced service that was mentioned through the course content or lectures, or perhaps you encountered it in conversations with your peers.  Situated as a report-of-sorts for a library director, you’ll be crafting a brief that informs your administrator of its origins, related terminologies, uses for LIS environments, and addresses its potential pitfalls.

Director’s Brief →