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.

Blogging Kudos!

Hey all – I finished up reading everyone’s blog posts. I am thrilled with the ideas you explored and the cohesion. THANK YOU! I am so enjoying all of your work, ideas and the creative turns you are taking. It’s blustery night here in Michigan! Heading down for TV time with Coop.

Local Artist Sticker Machine

Salt Lake City Public Library director Peter Bromberg shares: Just another way Salt Lake City Public Library supports local artists and creates surprising and delightful experiences 🙂 (and yes, that’s a ginormous Connect Four in the background.) For more info see http://localartiststickermachine.com/locations This is a timely example of outreach and community enrichment.

Gwinnett County Public Libraries Visit

Hey all – Michael Casey will be joining us for a class chat on February 21. He is Director of Customer Experience for the Gwinnett County Public Library in metropolitan Atlanta.  I spent two days in Fall 2016 at Gwinnett to speak at the library’s Staff Day. I recorded a short travelogue about their innovative services for this […]

#hyperlib Job Description?

Take a look at this  job listing a colleague sent me a few months ago. Very interesting mix of duties and requirements. You’ll see some things here that you are doing in this class! 🙂 Bolding is mine. Announcement: The University of Texas at Arlington Library invites applications from highly motivated, innovative, forward thinking professionals for […]

Context Book Thought

Hey all – As you work on your book report, remember to take a look at the assignment page. The assignment is meant to get you thinking beyond library literature to socio-technological writing of all kinds. The diversity of voices and viewpoints in all the books is always interesting!

Reminder: Module Explanations

Hey all – I just want to remind you of the module breakdown. Do not feel you have to read through every “Thing to Explore.” Modules include the following sections: Things to Read The required readings explore topics you are expected to understand and incorporate into your assignments for all modules in the course. Things […]