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#PLA2014 Hyperlinked Learning Experiences


Greetings from #PLA2014 in Indianapolis.

The slides for my talk today are here:

The presentation is based in part on these columns:

Reflective Practice:

Learning Everywhere:

Learning to Learn:

Infinite Learning:


See You at PLA

hyperlibMOOCI am excited to be speaking at the Public Library Conference in Indianapolis.  See you there!

Thursday, March 13, 2014
04:15 PM – 05:15 PM

Hyperlinked Learning Experiences at Public Libraries: MOOCs & Beyond

This presentation will explore emerging models of connected, open learning—offered for free— with great potential for staff and the public. Can we support students of all kinds in Massive Open Online Courses? What’s the potential for professional development and lifelong learning when courses can gather the best of the best in a field and offer experiences and exploration anywhere? This session will explore new ideas and thinking about learning at the library.

Note: any #hyperlibMOOC participants attending, please say hello. I have name tag ribbons and Stickygrams for you.

#hyperlibMOOC: Emerging Roles: Key Insights from Librarians in a Massive Open Online Course

Very excited about presenting this paper in Denver at the 16th Distance Library Services Conference  

Emerging Roles: Key Insights from Librarians in a Massive Open Online Course

Michael Stephens, Ph.D. & Kyle M. L. Jones, MLIS

San Jose State University School of Library & Information Science


From the cutting edge of innovations in online education comes the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), a potentially disruptive and transformational mechanism for large-scale learning. What’s the role of librarians in a MOOC? What can librarians learn from participating in a large-scale professional development opportunity delivered in an open environment to illuminate their own practice? This paper explores the experiences and perceptions of librarians/information professionals participating in an LIS-centered MOOC taught by the authors. We will share insights gained from active participants in the course as they encounter this emerging landscape.


In September 2013, the San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science (SJSU SLIS) launched its first massive open online course (MOOC), the Hyperlinked Library MOOC (#hyperlibMOOC). The Hyperlinked Library course centers on key theories and concepts that merge trends in participatory culture with library and information environments. At its core, the Hyperlinked Library encourages transparent, participatory, and user-centered information services that employ emerging technologies to increase open, collaborative information experiences.

#hyperlibMOOC was adapted from an existing online graduate course of the same name created by SJSU SLIS Assistant Professor Michael Stephens, an author of this paper. The course had been previously only offered to SJSU students enrolled in the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program. The #hyperlibMOOC was not for credit and was intended to serve as a professional development opportunity for librarians, library staff, and professionals who work in libraries, archives, and other types of information environments.

WISE Workshop: Designing Online Courses for Diverse Communities of Learners



Here are the slides from my WISE workshop presentation:


Sponsored by the Web-based Information Science Education (WISE) Consortium

As LIS programs become more entrepreneurial, reaching more diverse groups of learners, LIS educators are challenged to design their courses for diverse communities. There are many possible dimensions of diversity—different learner work contexts with different value structures (e.g., library vs. business), different cultural contexts when courses have a global reach, differences in learner demographics (age, gender, ethnicity), and differences in technology use outside of class, including social media. How does online course design take into account this diversity? This panel of experienced online educators will provide examples of how they have worked to address diverse communities of learners in their course designs and encourage interaction with members of the audience.

Moderator: Nicole Cooke, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Presenters: Lilia Pavlovsky, Rutgers University; Michael Stephens, San Jose State University; and Jill Hurst-Wahl, Syracuse University






Video: LIANZA Keynote ’13

More keynotes from some great folks here:

Previously posted:

Thanks to everyone who made this trip to New Zealand for the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa Conference so wonderful and magical. From the Powhiri that opened the conference at the  Turangawaewae Marae to the beautiful M?ori songs that filled the ballroom after the keynotes, this experience touched my heart. The fact I got to meet so many #hyperlibMOOC students as well made these past few days all the better! My talk was sponsored by the Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Information Management – Thanks!

Slide Download:

Presentation Resources:

Learning Everywhere:

Learning to Learn:

Infinite Learning:

Supplemental Resources:

Bridging the LIS/Library Divide:

The Hyperlinked Library:

Lovely gift from #hyperlibMOOC student Cath Sheard Kath

#hyperlibMOOC: LIANZA Slides: Cath Sheard’s “Rangatiratanga: encouraged to lead”

From #hyperlibMOOC student Cath Sheard. Cath writes: “This is a lightning presentation I first gave at the LIANZA 2013 conference in Hamilton. It looks at why we should be prepared to show our emotions at work, especially when leading a team of staff.”

Please click through the slides. They are Cath’s original artwork.