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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.

Welcome to Teaching and Learning

Greetings all! Now we turn our attention to librarians and information professionals encouraging and supporting learning. This module explores how the 20th century “Reading, Writing and Arithmetic” mindset gives way to a new Culture of Learning with opportunities to learn anywhere and everywhere multiply. What examples might you find of libraries encouraging learning opportunities for your community?

New Column: Libraries in Balance

Hello all – I have a new column up at Library Journal. It’s called Libraries in Balance. Using and offering access to technology —new and old—are part of what we do. This is literacy just like reading is. I can understand the disconnect and mixed signals, but those same people need to learn about digital […]

Important: Assignment Requirements & Rubrics

Greetings all – I am reading through your ethics posts and I want to make sure everyone has a good understanding of the assignment requirements and expectations of the remaining formal assignments – worth 50 points of grade for this class. You should be citing peer-reviewed literature related to the information behaviors of your community, […]

Welcome to the Global Information Professional

Greetings! This week’s module explores global librarianship and the work LIS professionals are doing all over the world. The guest lecture is created by Jan Holmquist, creator of the library learning program 23 Mobile Things. I have called librarianship the “ultimate service profession” and this modules illustrates that idea on an international level. I recorded a […]

Welcome to Community Informatics

Greetings! This week’s module introduces you to the field of community informatics.  We will discuss what we mean by informatics and community informatics, identify the stakeholders in community informatics, and explore the relationship between library and information science and community informatics. This module was created by Dr. Chris Hagar for INFO 200.