INFO 200 Coordinator: Michael Stephens
Dr. Michael Stephens has been Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at San José State University since 2011. Prior to his teaching career, Michael spent over fifteen years in the public library at the Saint Joseph County Public Library in South Bend, Indiana where he developed a passion for the practical application of technology in libraries and the connections technology affords. That passion can be seen in his “Tame the Web” weblog launched in 2003 as well as in his professional writing which includes columns for Public Libraries, Library Journal, American Libraries, Computers in Libraries, Library Media Connection, OCLC’s NextSpace, Serials Review, Internet Reference Services Quarterly, and ALA’s Techsource blog; his “Office Hours” column has appeared inLibrary Journal since 2010, and features an exploration of issues, ideas, and emerging trends in library and information science education. For more than ten years, his research has focused on the use of emerging technologies in libraries and technology learning programs, and he is inspired by library structures and virtual spaces that support users, participation, creating content, and encouraging the heart. Using key insights from his research and involvement with global seminars on participatory culture, he collaboratively developed the Fall 2013 Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) entitled The Hyperlinked Library with lecturer Kyle Jones.
Michael has earned many accolades during his career, and among them, the “Mover and Shaker” award in 2005 from Library Journal; in the same year, he served as a Scholar in Residence at the Chicago Public Library. He was the 2009 CAVAL Visiting Scholar in Australia, consulted and presented for US Embassies in Germany, Switzerland, and Turkey, and presents to both national and international audiences about emerging technologies, learning, innovation, and libraries. Additionally, Michael received the WISE Excellence in Online Teaching award for 2012 and 2013.An Indiana native, Michael currently resides in Traverse City, Michigan when not traveling. Please visit Michael’s Tame the Web website and blog to review his archive of work: http://tametheweb.com
INFO 200 Instructors
Kevin Bontenbal has been an adjunct professor for San Jose State University’s School of Information since 2006. Kevin teaches both LIBR 200 – Information Communities and LIBR 221 – Government Information Sources. In Kevin’s other life, he is the Instructional Technology Librarian at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, California. Kevin also teaches Information Fluency and Academic Integrity courses for Brandman University, and teaches webpage development and research skills classes for the Library/Information Technology program at Cuesta College.
Kevin received his Doctorate in Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara and California State University, Cal Poly, his Masters in Library Science from Syracuse University, and received two Bachelors in Philosophy and Religious Studies from California State University, Chico. In his spare time Kevin enjoys bike riding and camping with his wife and their three sons.
Ellen Greenblatt has been a lecturer at the School of Library and Information Science at San José State University since 2004. She retired from Auraria Library, a joint use facility for the University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the Community College of Denver, where she served in various functions, including Associate Dean for Access, Collections, and Technical Services. She also worked at the University at Buffalo and Princeton University.
Active in the field of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTIQ) librarianship for almost thirty years, she has edited two books on the topic, co-compiled two LGBTIQ thesauri, co-chaired the ALA GLBT Round Table, and served on a number of advisory boards including those for the EBSCO LGBT Life Database and Harrington Park Press. Her research focuses primarily on LGBTIQ and diversity issues in librarianship and has been published in a variety of journals and edited collections. She has also given several presentations at national and regional conferences. Additionally, she teaches a class on services to people with disabilities, the largest global minority group.
In 2012, she received the Web-Based Information Science Education (WISE) Consortium Award for Excellence in Online Teaching and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women and Gender Studies Section Award for Career Achievement in Women’s Studies Librarianship.
Dr. Koontz is a recently retired faculty member from Florida State University (FSU). Her academic training and work life are in communications, including journalism, advertising, and marketing. She is a volunteer storyteller at the Florida Folklife Festival since 1989. Her PhD is from the School of Information at FSU. Koontz pioneered the critical need to understand the geographic and spatial nature of individual libraries, by collecting data that describe people who use a single library, and what materials and services they use, and approximating the distance they will travel for library services. Koontz won the prestigious Carroll Baber Research Award from the American Library Association, to identify differences in use patterns amongst communities comprised of people with greater or lesser income, education, and racial diversity. This research led to a nationwide study identifying 3500 lower income and majority minority library markets, describing how people
within these markets use materials and services in the library. This type of in-library use is rarely collected by public libraries, and provides a picture of the critical and diverse information needs of people who have less discretionary time, and are less likely to have the library and reading habit.Koontz’ research was the basis of the U.S. Public Library Geographic Database. The database included relevant US census data and library use data from 16,000 communities. Koontz teaches marketing domestically and abroad. She is the recent author, along with co-author Lorri Mon of “Marketing and Social Media: a Guide for Libraries, Archives, and Museums.” Koontz is excited to join the INFO 200 team this semester!
Dr. Ziming Liu received his Ph.D. in library and information studies at the University of California at Berkeley in 1996. He has published widely in top-tier scholarly journals such as Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, Communications of the ACM, Information Processing and Management, Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, and Journal of Documentation. His book, Paper to Digital: Documents in the Information Age, is indicative of his research concerns.
In the past ten years Aaron Schmidt has been a circulation clerk, reference librarian, and library director. Currently he is the principal of Influx Library User Experience Consulting and maintains a library and website usability weblog, walkingpaper.org. Recent projects include researching the future of summer reading programs for the Public Library Association, and organizing and facilitating a “Library Innovation Exchange” with library organizations in Mexico City. Schmidt serves on the editorial board for Weave: the Journal of Library User Experience. One information community Aaron participates in is Velodirt – a group of Pacific Northwest cyclists devoted to exploring little known roads. They share routes, photos, and stories, and meet up for rides and races. This project started as a way for three people in Portland to report their bike adventures but has evolved into a network of people around the United Statesconnected online. They just held their largest event, and many online acquaintances met face-to-face for the first time
Professor Tash received his MLS from UCLA. He has spent over 25+ years with Saddleback College as librarian and library coordinator. He helped develop their information literacy print and online courses. He has worked at various library positions including Southern Nevada Community College, Ventura Community College, Chaffey Community College District, CSU Northridge, Placentia/Yorba Linda USD, Conejo Valley USD, and Huntington Beach High School along with LAPL.
LIBR 200 Lecturers
A member of San José State University’s faculty since 1989, Dr. Debbie Hansen currently teaches courses in historical research methods, history of books and libraries, and information communities. She earned an MLIS from UCLA in 1983 and a doctorate in 19th-century American social and women’s history from the University of California, Irvine, in 1988. Debbie’s research specialty is the history of American libraries, focusing on the professionalization and feminization of librarianship in the American West. Her scholarship has been published in Libraries and Culture, Library Trends, and American Archivist as well as other LIS and historical journals, anthologies, and subject encyclopedias. In 2010, she published a history of the School, titled A Pioneering and Independent Spirit: The History of San José State University’s School of Library and Information Science.
Over her long SJSU career, Debbie has earned a number of awards, including the School of Library and Information Science Outstanding Professor Award in 2008 and 2014 and the College of Applied Arts and Sciences Outstanding Professor Award in 2009. Her Information and Culture article, “Depoliticizing the California State Library: The Political and Professional Transformation of James Gillis, 1899-1817,” received the ALA Library History Round Table’s Donald G. Davis Article Award in 2014.
Taking advantage of the School’s online environment, Debbie lives half-time in Southern California and half-time on California’s beautiful central coast. Her household includes her historian husband, Art, and incorrigible corgi, Cully.
Jan Holmquist is Assistant Library Director of Guldborgsund Public Library, Denmark and a Library Journal Mover & Shaker 2014.
Jan developed the first library learning program 23 Mobile Things, which was later translated to the global online learning program #23mobilethings making the way for English versions in USA, Singapore & Philippines and Australia & New Zealand as well as versions in German, Russian and Norwegian. The library as a learning hub in the community is one of Jan’s core beliefs. The modern library supports learning on all levels and makes the community smarter. Jan believes, that the best library is created by being globally inspired and by transforming the inspiration into acting locally in the community. Jan has recently been working on a project dealing with gamification and libraries. The project features a mobile game taking the library outside the building and making the literary history of the community visible in the city. Jan is also a public speaker, blogger and writer. He has previously been working on the crowd funding projects ‘Buy India a Library’ and ‘Help This Week in Libraries’ in the global online library community, and he is a proud member of the cross European library advocacy group Library Avengers and the German library innovator network Zukunftentwicklers. He is also a member of the board of Biblioteksvagten.dk (Links to an external site.), the Danish ask online service. He recently won an award for an article on global librarianship: http://janholmquist.net/2015/02/26/proud-to-receive-prize-for-best-article-2014-in-lis-magazine-revy/ (Links to an external site.)