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.

Bit by the Coloring Bug

Hey all -I think we’ve mentioned adult coloring a few times. I just spent some break time with my Game of Thrones coloring book. What fun! I saw this in the ALA Think Tank Facebook page, a great example for coloring for library patrons. Also: http://vanmeterlibraryvoice.blogspot.com/2016/03/community-coloringits-all-rage-in.html Just as a clearinghouse of sorts, if anyone has encountered […]

Libraries Are For Everyone

Hi all – Just wanted to share this with you: Libraries Are For Everyone One of the bestest-best things that has happened as a result of having this blog is that I get to connect with librarians from all over the world. It’s just flat-out awesome. And sometimes those connections lead to a collaboration like what just recently […]

Director’s Brief Extensions

Hey all – if you are swamped with other classes or life, please email me. I am happy to offer a couple of extra days for the Brief.  That said, they can also be posted anytime if you are done early. It’s a quirky year because of how Thanksgiving falls. I hate to have you […]

Welcome to Break!

Hey all – With the university closed, I thought I would go ahead and do this post now – welcoming you to our Thanksgiving Break. I will be around all holiday week if you have questions about your Brief. I will be on Zoom often if you want to check in. Please take care of […]

Just Breathe

Hey all – I got an early Christmas present! An Apple Watch to replace my ailing Fitbit. I am learning about it slowly. I wanted to tell you this because the watch does a cool thing: it reminds me to breathe. For one minute. Throughout the day. I thought that might be a good reminder […]