Author Archives: Michael Stephens

About Michael Stephens

Dr. Michael Stephens is an Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University. His research focuses on use of emerging technologies in libraries and technology learning programs. He currently writes the monthly column “Office Hours” in Library Journal exploring issues, ideas and emerging trends in library and information science education. Stephens has spoken about emerging technologies, innovation, and libraries to audiences in over 26 states and in nine countries. He is fascinated by library buildings and virtual spaces that center around users, participation, creating content, and encouraging the heart. As a professional he worked 15 years in public libraries.

Important: Fluid Dates & Exploring the Modules

socially distant bonfire

Greetings all – During break I was considering everything happening: ongoing pandemic, vaccination schedules, unrest across the US for various reasons (and beyond), etc. The comments here spurred my thinking. Here in Michigan, we are now the state with the fastest growing infection rate.  Here is my thought: Do not fret about the due dates […]

Check In – Folks Okay?

Hey all – just want to check in. Is everyone okay? The pace of the class is pretty fast between now and when we end. I want to make sure everyone feels on track with the assignments, etc. Comment, send me a message, IM me, etc. The world is still so unsettled and chaotic. If […]

Digital Life Librarian Job Description

Here is a recent job description from CityLibraries Townsville in Queensland, Australia from 2019. My colleague Warren Cheetham is Coordinator, Planning and Business Development there. I visited Warren while in Australia in 2018. Take look at this bit and then grab the PDF to see the full job. Note the nuances of Australian library work. Townsville.Position […]

Planning Extension

Buddy on the Trail

Hey all – I am thinking an extension on the planning assignment might be a good thing. I have been caught up in my two INFO 200 sections a bit longer than I thought this week. I want to enjoy catching up on your blogging this next few days.  Perhaps some more time will give […]