Saturday, March 16, 2013

Hyperlinked Library MOOC

What emerging trends are changing library services? What does the connected world of "continuous computing" mean for 21st Century libraries? The Hyperlinked Library MOOC offered by the School of Library and Information Science at San José State University provides a roadmap toward becoming a participatory, interactive, user-centered library.

The Hyperlinked Library MOOC is a professional development opportunity designed for information professionals and those interested in the topic. The MOOC is not offered for academic credit. SJSU SLIS graduate students who participate in the MOOC will not receive credit toward their master's degrees.

Course Description

The Hyperlinked Library MOOC will examine various participatory theories of library service, the impact of emerging technologies on libraries, and the growing focus on a creation/curation culture. Students will explore the definition of participatory service, some key trends that impact the model, and examine what the shift means for libraries and information work in today's digital information age.
Students will experience an interactive online learning environment via a wide range of tools and diverse materials (e.g., freely accessible readings, recorded presentations from practitioners, and online videos). Students will be encouraged to explore these resources and engage with peers and instructors, heightening their learning and taking full advantage of this professional development opportunity.


MOOC students will expand their learning by completing assignments such as:
  • Director's brief - an overview of the origins and usage of emerging technologies in libraries and information environments
  • Emerging technologies plan - a roadmap for implementing emerging technologies
  • Social media policy - guidelines on how to use social media
  • Community engagement plan - strategies and ideas for serving our members

SJSU SLIS assistant professor Michael Stephens, PhD, and lecturer Kyle Jones, MLIS, along with course assistants, will be the instructors for the Hyperlinked Library MOOC. Both instructors also teach in the fully online Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program at the SJSU School of Library and Information Science.


The Hyperlinked Library MOOC is a not for credit professional development learning experience. This course emphasizes student involvement and fosters an open and welcoming environment of thoughtful dialogue. Students are encouraged to participate in online discussions, collaborate with other students on assignments, and provide commentary on each other's work.

Instructors will provide informal assessment of course assignments with students earning badges as they move through the course. MOOC students will receive a certificate upon successful completion of required components of the course.


The Hyperlinked Library MOOC begins in fall 2013.

  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • First day of class: September 3, 2013
  • Last day of class: November 23, 2013




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