Dr. Michael Stephens received his PhD in information science in 2007 from the University of North Texas via an IMLS fellowship. His teaching focuses on user-centered services and outreach with technology, and learning programs in library settings.
His recent publications include the co-authored article “Benefits and results of Learning 2.0: a case study of CityLibrariesLearning – discover*play*connect” in Australian Library Journal, and “The Impact and effect of Learning 2.0 Programs in Australian public libraries” in Evidence Based Library and Information Practice. He currently writes the monthly column “Office Hours” in Library Journal exploring issues, ideas and emerging trends in library and information science education. He is currently serving as the Project Director for the Salzburg Curriculum initiative, funded by IMLS and Salzburg Global Seminar. The project focuses on updating LIS and museum professional education in an era of particitory culture.
Stephens has spoken about emerging technologies, innovation, and libraries to audiences in over 27 states and in nine countries, including a research tour of Australia and presentations for the US embassies in Germany and Turkey. He recently delivered keynote addresses for library consortia in Alberta, Canada and northwest Ohio.