For me, the heart of librarianship is learning. It’s a cyclical process of support, engagement, and discovery with deep roots in the concepts of service, access, and freedom to pursue interests of all kinds. No matter what type of institution, someone is gaining knowledge, finding information, or creating something new […]

The Heart of Librarianship by Michael Stephens from ALA Editions




Thanks to all who attended the  Northland Library Cooperative meeting in Traverse City yesterday. How wonderful to spend time at my home library and with Michigan library folk. Download the slides for the keynote Library as a Classroom and afternoon session Formula for Success here. Selected Library Journal “Office Hours” columns cited: Adopt or […]

Thanks Northland Library Cooperative!




My new column is up at Library Journal. It’s called “Telling Stories.” This piece marks the seventh year I have been writing “Office Hours.” My summer reading pile included a preview of Annie Spence’s Dear Fahrenheit 451. Spence is a former student of mine who went on to be a […]

Office Hours: Telling Stories




LAWRENCEVILLE,? ?GA,? ?October? ?10,? ?2017? ?—? G?winnett County Public Library and the San José State University School of Information will co-sponsor the Innovative Librarians Award to recognize library science graduate students who put forward new ideas that improve libraries and library services. Nominations will be judged by public librarians with […]

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