Determining the Scope of the Project Blog for Library Currents

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Stephens’ The Hyperlinked Library White Paper


As a student of San Jose State University’s Masters of Library Science program, I’ve learned that one of the important ideas of 21st Century librarianship is Library 2.0. The LISWiki provides a salient definition for Library 2.0:


“Library 2.0 (L2) is a transformation in the way library services are delivered to library users. It provides new tools to make the library space (both virtual and physical) more interactive, collaborative and driven by community needs. It encourages collaborative two-way social interactions between library staff and library customers.”

In Fall of 2012, I enrolled into Michael Stephens’ LIBR 287 The Hyperlinked Library course at SJSU, and it provided strategies for the creation, planning, implementation and evaluation of Library 2.0, from social media technologies to MakerSpaces, to everything in-between or on the horizon. The course emphasized the importance of collaboration and communication, remixed with innovation. The library and the patrons work together using social computing tools to develop library programs together. Additionally, the user participates in creating content for the library!

By Spring Semester of 2013, I could foresee using the strategies of The Hyperlinked Library course in developing my idea for Library Currents. Granted, my idea was for a personal blog and not affiliated with any library or information organization, but I could still see that the strategies in The Hyperlinked Library would make a good marriage to the content in Library Currents.

Thus, the Project Blog for Library Currents was proposed for graduate credit, and here we are!

First, I had to determine what the scope of this project was. I needed to define what I would accomplish overall. I determined the following list of goals:

  1. Analyze websites and blogs in both the LIS and tech world and determine social media content needs of the LIS community. This will be included in the blog’s mission statement.
  2. Develop a social media plan for Library Currents that will identify Web 2.0 tools for creating conversations about the blog’s content. Include information highways to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Linked-In and other social media networks.
  3. Research content management systems to determine the best platform for launching Library Currents.
  4. Launch the blog by installing the necessary content management system on a web server and apply skills learned in LIBR 240 (Technology Tools) and LIBR 287 (The Hyperlinked Library). 
  5. Identify types of content that can be created and produce content for Library Currents, such as blog articles and a social media link directory.

The goals will fall within four phases: Planning, Implementation, Content Creation, and Evaluation. Objectives for each of these phases will be detailed in future posts.

I plan to conduct the Planning phase in September, the Implementation phase in October, the Content Creation phase in November, and Evaluation in the several weeks after the Thanksgiving holiday. One of the things I would like to accomplish in this project blog is to review some of the steps in detail, such as how I am implementing RSS feeds to listen to the needs of the community, or how I plan to use Facebook or Twitter. It is my hope that you will find fun tools or new ways of doing things in social media that you never tried before. This fun factor is another one of those philosophies that The Hyperlinked Library emphasizes!

Next up: How I created my “Listening Post” using RSS feeds.

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Mickel is an MLIS and the creator of Library Currents. His inspiration for the blog was the SJSU course "The Hyperlinked Library" taught by Dr. Michael Stephens, a course that is also a worldwide MOOC. If you wish to contact him, feel free to write to Mickel Paris at

1 Comment

  1. michael

    September 2, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    You clearly defined your scope – a perfect start to project management. I am excited to see how your work progresses.

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