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.

Making Use of Pew Research

Hey all – You may find Pew Research or Pew Internet & Tech very useful for your community descriptions in the formal assignments. Their research can be very useful for background and supporting demographic data, data on technology use and access, etc. For example: Key findings about U.S. immigrants

For all of the Fans out there…

Hey all – if you are looking at fan communities, I was reminded I shared this in the “Choosing Your Community” group very early on. Model of Fan Information Behaviour https://blogs.city.ac.uk/ludiprice/model-of-fan-information-behaviour/ Publications list: https://blogs.city.ac.uk/ludiprice/publications/ (if you cite, I would suggest citing the published studies)

Research-Based vs Community-based – Thoughts?

A helpful comparison developed by a student in INFO 200 a few semester ago that can guide you as you select your resources: A Research-based information source is: • Published by experts or academics • Intended for use by many different people (community members, academics, etc.) • One-way communication (from expert to reader) • Provides […]

Describing Your Community

Greetings all – I think it would be useful for the next  assignments for all of you to work on refining your description of your information community. You wrote a blog post a few weeks ago: Blog Post #2: Describe the Information Community you are choosing to explore for the course and the research paper. […]