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News: Outside the Lines

Outsideoutside the lines launches september 2014

Weeklong Celebration Gets Communities Thinking of Libraries 

in a Whole New Way

DENVER–April 14, 2014–Inspired by the urgent need to shift perceptions of libraries, a group of Colorado library marketers and directors have developed a bold, new campaign that reintroduces libraries to their communities and gets people thinking – and talking – about these organizations in a whole new way. Outside the Lines is a weeklong celebration, Sept. 14-20, 2014, demonstrating the creativity and innovation happening in libraries.

Organizations of all types can participate by hosting at least one event or campaign during the week of Sept. 14-20, 2014, that:

  • Gets people thinking – and talking – about libraries in a different way
  • Showcases the library out in the community as well as in the library
  • Highlights how the library is relevant to people’s lives
  • Represents the organization’s local community
  • Is active versus passive – gets people engaged
  • Is extraordinary and unexpected
  • Most importantly, is fun!

Libraries can sign up to participate at getoutsidethelines.org. They can also see a list of participating libraries and view videos that provide creative inspiration. To date, 40 libraries from across the U.S. and Canada have signed up to participate and will announce their Outside the Lines activities in the coming months.

The purpose of Outside the Lines is to reintroduce libraries to local communities by helping people understand how libraries have changed into dynamic centers for engagement, helping libraries better understand how to market themselves and share their stories, and providing a venue for libraries to work together to demonstrate their creativity and innovation.

ABOUT OUTSIDE THE LINES

Outside the Lines is an R-Squared initiative designed by Colorado library marketers and directors that gets libraries “walking the walk” – taking action to show our communities how important libraries are and how they’ve changed.

This celebration takes many of the concepts discussed at RSquared, The Risk & Reward Conference, such as creativity, customer curiosity, culture, community and creative spaces, and puts them into action where they count – in our local communities. Learn more at getoutsidethelines.org.

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Contact:

Amber DeBerry, 303-688-7641

adeberry@dclibraries.org

or

Stacie Ledden, 303-405-3286

sledden@anythinklibraries.org

 

 

#TxLA14: Thanks Texas Library Association! Slides & Resources

txlaHow wonderful it is to be back at Texas Library Association! The good folks here know how to throw a great conference. Here are the slides and resources from my talk:

Slides: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/239835/StephensTxLALearning.pdf

The presentation is based in part on these columns:

A Genius Idea?: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2014/03/opinion/michael-stephens/a-genius-idea-office-hours/

Learning Everywhere: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/04/opinion/michael-stephens/learning-everywhere-office-hours/

Learning to Learn: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/06/opinion/michael-stephens/learning-to-learn-office-hours/

Infinite Learning: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/10/opinion/michael-stephens/infinite-learning-office-hours/

Of MOOCs & Mayhem Tomorrow at TxLA

Texas Library Association knows how to throw a conference! So nice to see colleagues and friends. Here’s the abstract for my talk tomorrow morning:

Of MOOCs & Mayhem: Learning Everywhere

9:00 – 9:50 Am

An innovation in online education is the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). These courses can have thousands of people and can be a potentially disruptive and transformational mechanism for large-scale learning. Hear the genesis of MOOCs, the experiences of librarians in an LIS-centered MOOC, and the potential roles for LIS professionals. This emerging landscape is rife with chaos and opportunity!

Michael Stephens, San Jose State University (San Jose, CA).

ILI Final Call for Proposals – TTW is a Proud Blog Supporter of ILI

Submissions deadline this Friday, 11 April 2014

This is the final call for speakers for this year’s Internet Librarian International- THE innovation and technology conference attracting hundreds of global library and information professionals each year.

The full Call for Speakers is available here.

Taking place in London on 20 – 22 October 2014, we’re seeking international case studies, How-Tos and discussions in a variety of new formats – see below – that promote the exchange of knowledge and experience, and demonstrate how you are using transformative new ideas and services to make a positive impact on your organisation. Under the theme, Positive Change: Creating Real Impactwe’re looking for a range of presentation formats, including:

  • 30-minute scene-setting themed papers
  • 15-minute case study presentations
  • Teachmeet/unconference contributors
  • Workshop leaders
  • Panellists

The submissions deadline is this Friday, 11 April 2014 so don’t delay! Now’s the time to share your expertise, and be a part of this influential and forward-thinking event - Submit today.

 

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Office Hours: A Genius Idea

shamingMy new column is up at Library Journal:

Let’s unpack this sweeping suggestion for improving libraries further. What of teaching ability? I advise my students to make sure they take courses in user instruction and technology, no matter where they want to work. Delivering instruction should be a part of every professional’s skill set: in a training room, across the desk, in the stacks, on the fly. Maybe it’s time to add creating a short training session or learning module to the interview process for all librarians, not just those in colleges or schools.

Borrowed from Apple, the Genius Bar concept applied to libraries is not new, but it’s a welcome addition to many library settings. David Weinberger, in “The Library as Platform” (ow.ly/­tBDAe), notes that the Genius Bar might be one of many channels for users to interact with librarians. Libraries such as DOK Delft and others have tried various permutations of walk-in tech ­assistance.

Don’t miss the comments, including this interesting  snippet from a reader named Dan:

“after reading the shaming post, i am conflicted which is more absurd: the original note or all the “followers” and their “likes.” technology has it’s place but you will have to pry the hard-copy, three-dimensional, fixed ink on paper, book from my cold dead, fingers.”

Insert witty reply here.

:-)

Also – a big shout out to Monica Harris and her creation culture course she’s teaching this semester at SJSU SLIS as I prep an introductory module on creation in libraries for our new core LIBR 200 course Information Communities.

“LIS curricula must keep up as well. At San José State University (SJSU), CA, School of Library and Information Science (SLIS), we’re offering a new class entitled “Production of Knowledge and Content in Libraries,” taught by Monica Harris, deputy director, Schaumburg Township District Library, IL. Her syllabus, focused on participation and creativity, runs from digital creation spaces to the Maker movement to a module called the Importance of Informal Learning. Another unit highlights Robotics and Electronics: Arduino, Sensors, and LEGO.”

I am impressed with the framework Monica used to explore knowledge creation in libraries. The students in the course will have some invaluable experience for this new landscape.

http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2014/03/opinion/michael-stephens/a-genius-idea-office-hours/

http://librarian-shaming.tumblr.com/post/68672130972/i-want-to-replace-all-librarians-with-tech-people

Thanks ILEAD U!

Thanks to all the great folks participating in ILEAD U for the warm welcome the morning for my keynote.

The slides are here:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/239835/StephensLearningEverywhereILEADU.pdf

The presentation is based in part on these columns:

A Genius Idea?: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2014/03/opinion/michael-stephens/a-genius-idea-office-hours/

Learning Everywhere: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/04/opinion/michael-stephens/learning-everywhere-office-hours/

Learning to Learn: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/06/opinion/michael-stephens/learning-to-learn-office-hours/

Infinite Learning: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/10/opinion/michael-stephens/infinite-learning-office-hours/

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#PLA2014 Hyperlinked Learning Experiences

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Greetings from #PLA2014 in Indianapolis.

The slides for my talk today are here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/239835/StephensPLA2014Learning.pdf

The presentation is based in part on these columns:

Reflective Practice: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2014/01/opinion/michael-stephens/reflective-practice-office-hours/

Learning Everywhere: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/04/opinion/michael-stephens/learning-everywhere-office-hours/

Learning to Learn: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/06/opinion/michael-stephens/learning-to-learn-office-hours/

Infinite Learning: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/10/opinion/michael-stephens/infinite-learning-office-hours/

 

See You at PLA

hyperlibMOOCI am excited to be speaking at the Public Library Conference in Indianapolis.  See you there!

Thursday, March 13, 2014
04:15 PM – 05:15 PM
135-136

Hyperlinked Learning Experiences at Public Libraries: MOOCs & Beyond

This presentation will explore emerging models of connected, open learning—offered for free— with great potential for staff and the public. Can we support students of all kinds in Massive Open Online Courses? What’s the potential for professional development and lifelong learning when courses can gather the best of the best in a field and offer experiences and exploration anywhere? This session will explore new ideas and thinking about learning at the library.

Note: any #hyperlibMOOC participants attending, please say hello. I have name tag ribbons and Stickygrams for you.

Really? No Place for Collaboration at the Library

exetersignsVia Pam the Librarian:

http://pamlibrarian.wordpress.com/2014/03/08/kicked-out-of-the-library/

Last week I went to the Exeter Public Library with a colleague to work on a project for our high school. We needed Internet access, a table to spread our documents out on, an outlet to plug-in our devices, a spot away from the distractions of our school, and a buzzing atmosphere where we would feel inspired to create new ideas for our project. What better place than the local library?

We arrived to a very still and silent library. Two women behind the main desk looked at us as we walked in and went back to work. Patrons were sitting in chairs reading newspapers. There were some available study carrels in the corners. No group tables near outlets.

We tried the second floor. We were faced with several empty chairs and study carrels and signs that say “no talking.” There was an empty “meeting room” with no table and no chairs. Another meeting room was locked.

Because it was 10 a.m. we went into the Teen room (which is located directly behind the Reference desk.) The room is empty because it is a Friday and all of the teens in town are in school. We sat at a booth with an outlet and spread out our documents. As soon as we started working we were interrupted by a staff member who said that we are not allowed to work in there because we would intimidate the teens. I jokingly suggested that the fact that we are high school teachers/librarians could gain us access to this empty room. The librarian did not think it was funny and asked us to leave. I asked her for a suggestion of a location where we could work together at a table near an outlet. She said there are outlets all over the walls but could think of no table near an outlet. She recommended we try the second floor and I said that we will need to talk about our project. She reminded us we are not allowed to talk on the second floor.

We packed up and spent the day at Me & Ollie’s cafe where we sat on couches around a coffee table near an outlet surrounded by the buzz of the cafe. A young woman was reading a book next to us. An older man was typing hurriedly on his laptop on the other side. People were having meetings, drinking coffee, and getting business done. We were welcomed by the staff. They made us tea. And we got our work done.

This is unfortunate. I get that maybe adults shouldn’t be in the teen area without a teen, but maybe an exception could be made? And maybe some space for working together should be in the works soon. I did check out the library’s web site and Facebook. Looks like they had mini golf last year in the library! Maybe someone from the library should comment. Maybe it was just an off day?

I would suggest a “kindness audit” of signage though. :-)

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