Roadmap to the Hyperlinked Library

Mal BoothA Roadmap to the Hyperlinked Library
Mal Booth, University of Technology Sydney (Australia)
Michael Stephens, Dominican University and Tame the Web (USA)
Wednesday 13 October 14.00 – 17.00

What does a connected world of continuous computing mean for 21st century libraries? This workshop provides a roadmap for becoming the hyperlinked library — transparent, participatory, playful, user-centered, and human, while still grounded in our foundations and values. The notion of the hyperlinked library is relevant to academic, public, government, and commercial libraries, having its roots in the library 2.0 philosophy of collaboration, transparency, and empowerment. Bringing the library staff right to wherever the user happens to be online is a key component. But how do you do that — and how do you do it well? Emerging technologies force many information professionals into thinking about new ways to reach their users and potential users. Using Michael Stephen’s roadmap, developed to ease your journey towards the hyperlinked library, Mal Booth brings his UTS “no rules” philosophy to this workshop.

Big thanks to Mal Booth for stepping in to present this workshop at Internet Librarian International. His work at UTS is outstanding and his ideas about libraries are so in sync with mine that it is a perfect fit. We’re still working out the details for my participation but I know participants will be fired up by Mal’s ideas.