Friday, August 15, 2014

Learning everywhere: hyperlinked libraries and life literacies #IFLALimerick

2nd day of liveblogging the IFLA Information Literacy Satellite conference held in Limerick, Ireland (picture is from the conference dinner last night) and the keynote today is Michael Stephens (San Jose State University, Information School, USA), talking about Learning everywhere: hyperlinked libraries and life literacies. His blog is here: and his section on his concept of the hyperlinked library is here. I'll give my usual caveat about not capturing everything faithfully in this post.
Stephens started by mentioning that SJSU's library and information courses are all online. He started by running through changes to libraries, technology, ways in which people communicate socially etc. He gave some examples from libraries that he found inspiring e.g. a user manifesto posted in the library, a wall of photos of the library space by users.
Stephens went on to talk about aspects of the hyperlinked library. This library is described as "transparent, participatory, playful, user-centered and human, while still grounded in our foundations and values." Stephens identified the importance of mobile, including mobile learning and experiencing art using mobile technology, citing (for example) Pew Internet reports. He felt that it was important to get material into "the palm of your hand". Therefore he was advocating, for example, digitising and using apps to integrate with the parent organisation.
Stephens mentioned aMOOC in the co ntext of "connected learning", namely a hyperlinked library MOOC which he characterised as being production centred (i.e. outcomes were not just quizzes), openly networked and a shared experience. The MOOC participants felt they had got insights about their own thoughts and practice as well as getting new ideas. He felt that "We can create large-scale, small-scale, or "jusr right" scale opportunities for learning for our constituents" pointing out that with MOOCs satisifaction is not necessarily about completion of the course (something which I know from my work so far with Futurelearn).
Next, Stephens mentioned the forthcoming Horizon report for libraries and pulled out the element to do with the innovative and creative classroom (lots of photos taken by delegates here at this point!). The wiki for this is here and the report is just about to be released (personally I hope it is more impressive than the main Horizon report!). He identified issues such as emotional intelligence as being important in learning and for libraries.
Stephens talked about the 23 Things movement going on to mention (looking at use of mobile in libraries). Web 2.0 learning seen was part of developing a personal learning network (PLN). He emphasised the need for investing in librarians' professional development; "development with teeth". This included giving learner-librarians space to create and play.  Stephens saw this is necessary to fulfill librarian roles of guides, creators, teachers, connectors. He said that the hyperlinked library uses technology "with heart" and puts people (both the librarians and the people who are using library services) at the centre of things.

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