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.

Sites for Free Images

Hey all – Please share your favorite sites for grabbing Creative Commons or free-use images for your blogs and Inspiration Reports. I just came across this: https://www.pexels.com/royalty-free-images/ Please share your faves as a comment below. Image: East Grand Traverse Bay

Book Challenge Webinar

@tmolah writes: I wanted to share that ALA is offering a free webinar titled “Persevering in the Face of Book Challenges” on November 17th at 2:00 PST. If you can’t attend live, still register as they will send a link with the webinar archive and PowerPoint slides a few days after the webinar. https://ala-events.zoom.us/webinar/register/7016666458957/WN_e4hVSLLpR92yZcK4BYNDXw?timezone_id=America%2FLos_Angeles

Oodi in Helsinki

Hey all – a colleague in LIS George Needham has been in Helsinki and paid a visit to the central library Oodi (I believe it is pronounced “ode”) Here are some of his pictures. This library might be a choice for your globally themed inspiration report!

Digital Life Librarian Job Description

Here is a 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 Information_Digital […]