Contributors Michael Stephens


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 […]

News: The Heart of Librarianship by Michael Stephens now available from ALA Editions

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My new column is up: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2016/04/opinion/michael-stephens/talk-about-compassion-office-hours/ A common punch line in the librarian oeuvre pertains to the number of cats a particular librarian may own. We all know that librarians are dog people, too, as evidenced by the multiple Facebook photos I see of various canine biblio-companions. I am sure librarians […]

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Office Hours: Talk About Compassion


Join me at the next Library 2.016 online mini-conference in June: Library as Classroom June 15th, 2016 12:00 – 3:00pm US-Pacific Time In A New Culture of Learning, authors Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown write, “Where imaginations play, learning happens.” This could and should define our services for now and […]

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Library 2.016: Library as Classroom Online Mini-Conference Call for Proposals


As long as libraries have had reference desks to staff, public librarians and library personnel have pursued learning opportunities for professional development (PD). Library personnel access PD through various channels, such as in-service learning days, conferences, face-to-face and recorded workshops and lectures, and auditing LIS classes. Now, 21st Century library personnel– whether […]

Survey: Technology, Collaboration, and Learning: Perceptions and Effectiveness of Public Library Staff Professional Development

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Call For Speakers We’re looking for innovative info pros! Information Today invites you to submit your ideas for this year’s Internet Librarian International (ILI) – the library innovation conference. Each year, ILI attracts hundreds of library and information professionals from around the world to exchange ideas, knowledge and experience. We’re seeking fresh […]

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