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.

Thoughts on Future Assignments

Greetings all! I just finished grading all the submitted LIS Theory/Model assignments. Overall, everyone did very well. You’ll find your scores in Canvas. I was super impressed with the summaries that offered strong connections to information science theory and models and other resources from our course. This will continue to be expected in the remaining […]

Getting Started with…Literature Review Matrix

The Literature Review Matrix is intended to be critical exploration and evaluation of scholarly writings on a topic(in this case, your information community). In your formal research paper, the literature review provides context and background for your own study and illustrates how your research will contribute to a particular area of study.This assignment meets the […]

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 […]

Blog Report #2 Graded

Hey all – I have graded all of the Blog Report #2 posts in Canvas! Thanks for your hard work! I enjoyed reading about your communities and the connections you made to Fisher & Fulton. Going forward, be sure to follow the Blog Report descriptions and helpers for each one. Leave time to proof your […]