See also: Stephens, M. (2015). Hyperlinked libraries. In Hirsh, S. (2015). Information services today: An introduction. New York: Rowman & Littlefield. (Pre-publication draft here.)
What emerging trends are changing library services? What does a connected world of “continuous computing” mean for 21st Century libraries. This paper and presentation provides a roadmap toward becoming the Hyperlinked Library: transparent, participatory, playful, user-centered and human, while still grounded in our foundations and values.
About the Hyperlinked Library:
The hyperlinked library model flourishes in both physical and virtual spaces by offering collections, activities, trainings, and events that actively transform spectators into participants. In participatory cultures, everyone is in the business of advancing knowledge and increasing skill levels. The community is integrated into the structure of change and improvement.
The hyperlinked library is transparent when it talks and listens, practices inclusion, and keeps no secrets. The information organization activates processes to gather as much input from the entire community as possible, which heightens in patrons the expectation that communications with the information organization will be open and equitable. The hyperlinked library encourages all types of conversation and feedback about the organization. It is a move toward greater transparency when users are invited to share their opinions about how an information organization is performing, and when the information organization listens and responds. Management shows evidence of active listening and responding to users and staff by implementing requested changes and launching new services, using careful testing as part of the plan for solid, incremental growth.
A special version of “The Hyperlinked Library” was created for the Dr Laurel Anne Clyde Memorial Keynote Address at the Australian School Library Association XXI Biennial Conference, held in Perth, Western Australia, from 29 September to 2 October 2009.
Hyperlinked Library Archived Information & Archived Slide Downloads:
- Roadmap to the Hyperlinked Library (presented by Mal Booth, Internet Librarian International, London, 2010)
- The Hyperlinked School Library (Richardson, Texas)
- Hyperlinked Community Library (Vernon Hills PL Staff Day)
- Building the Hyperlinked Library (25th Annual Dean’s & Director’s Lecture at the USC School of Library & Information Science)
- The Hyperlinked Campus (EDUCAUSE Learning Initiatives 2010)
- Hyperlinked Library Service (Charleston Conference 2009)
- The Hyperlinked Library (MOBIUS 2009)
- The Hyperlinked Library (Silicon Valley Library Service, May 2009)
- Links & Citations from the presentation (2008)
- CC Flickr Images used in the presentation (2008)
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