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.

Welcome to Module 5: Information Communities & Diverse Information Needs

In module five, we move from last week’s focus on information-seeking behavior to consider the diverse information needs of information communities. There are a variety of information-seeking studies to illustrate the vast range of information communities that LIS scholars have studied and the diverse needs of these unique communities. As you learn about concepts within this […]

Context Book Reviews Extension

Greetings everyone – I am still working through your thoughtful Blog Post #2 entries. I am impressed with the early research some of you have done as well as the thoughtful connections many of you made to our course content. Because I want to provide feedback to all before the book review is due, I […]

Announcement: Writing Opportunities Panel Discussion

Announcement: Writing Opportunities Panel Discussion February 26, 2020 5:30 – 6:30 pm PST Hosted by the SJSU Society of American Archivists Student Chapter Zoom link: Meeting ID: 365-124-400 Are you interested in writing? Curious about opportunities for research and publishing? Join us for a panel discussion on the variety of writing opportunities open to […]

Welcome to Module 4: Exploring Information Behaviors

For this module we explore more information behavior theory and look at how theories and models are used to understand various information communities. Some information behavior theories explain the various stages of the search process, while those like Everyday Life Information Seeking (ELIS) frame information needs within the context of the human experience. Others typify […]