An Introduction to The Hyperlinked Library MOOC

Welcome to the #hyperlibMOOC!  We’d like to introduce you to some key concepts regarding this course.

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This MOOC is based on a course I’ve been teaching at San Jose State University SLIS since 2011.We’re excited to adapt it to a larger scale and gather some of the folks we admire to share their expertise as we explore the model.

First, some thoughts about the model…

Libraries continue to evolve. As the world has changed with emerging mechanisms for global communication and collaboration, so have some innovative, cutting edge libraries. My model for the Hyperlinked Library is born out of the ongoing evolution of libraries and library services. David Weinberger’s chapter “The Hyperlinked Organization” in The Cluetrain Manifesto was a foundational resource for defining this model as are the writings of Michael Buckland, Seth Godin, and others.

The Hyperlinked Library is an open, participatory institution that welcomes user input and creativity. It is built on human connections and conversations. The organizational chart is flatter and team-based. The collections grow and thrive via user involvement. Librarians are tapped in to user spaces and places online to interact, have presence, and point the way. The hyperlinked library is human. Communication, externally and internally, is in a human voice. The librarians speak to users via open, transparent conversation.

The model incorporates dialogues about Web 2.0 by such authors as O’Reilly, and concepts tied to participatory service, including ideas presented by Casey and Savastinuk in their book Library 2.0.

The model is broader than just online communication and collaboration. It encompasses both physical and virtual space, as well as many types of libraries. Presenting the model to assembled teacher librarians at the Australian School Library Association conference in Perth in 2009, I argued that school librarians could use the model as well to extend support for learning beyond the walls of the school library and engage with students, teachers and administrators in an open, transparent manner wherever the learning takes place.

You’ll read more about the model and explore the many facets as we move through the course. Welcome!!

11 Responses to “An Introduction to The Hyperlinked Library MOOC”

  1. Cath SheardAugust 25, 2013 at 10:34 pm #

    I love the idea of ‘open, transparent communication’ by librarians. All too often we are stifled, by rules within the workplace or barriers create for ourselves, and end up sounding stuffy and outdated. I hope this course helps me find an authentic voice.

    • nicolibrarianSeptember 5, 2013 at 10:19 am #

      I agree, Cath, and I also think that librarians have a place in our institutions to help the institutions themselves break down the barriers – like we have our own here in the library, but really our organizations as a whole need to be more networked, open, transparent. I’m excited to be part of that change, here at my little community college in the Midwest.

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    Michael StephensAugust 26, 2013 at 5:07 am #

    Cath – That’s a great goal: finding an authentic voice. I’ve been working on mine for 10 years. Blogging has really helped. Welcome to #hyperlibMOOC.

  3. Abigail WillemseAugust 27, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    I really like the focus on community and conversation – reminds me a little bit of the Atlas of New Librarianship with its focus on facilitating knowledge creation (which happens through conversations and interactions) in their communities. Looking forward to learning more about this concept over the coming weeks!

  4. Jill MitchellAugust 29, 2013 at 7:32 am #

    I am excited to exchange ideas and learn from each other! We all have information that we can bring into this class.

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    Michael StephensAugust 29, 2013 at 8:11 am #

    @drjill Absolutely! I am very excited to see this global community of folks come together and share.

  6. Steven ChangSeptember 4, 2013 at 6:43 am #

    Amazingly well-organised so far, just from first impressions.
    The social aspect of this course is done very, very well.

  7. Lindsay DavisSeptember 5, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    I’m really excited to dialogue with other professionals who are as excited as I am about the work we do and hope to do. I just started my first full-time job is as solo librarian at a satellite campus of a CA community college, and I need to work hard not to feel disconnected from colleagues. I can’t wait to learn from everyone here. Thanks for this opportunity.


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