Category Archives: Conferences & Presentations

Thanks Montana Library Association!

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We had a little server issue at TTW this week, so I am late posting my thanks to the good folks from the Montana Library Association and Montana libraries who hosted me as their keynote for the annual “Offline” conference in Lewistown. MT. What fun!

Keynote: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/239835/StephensMontanaOfflineKeynote.pdf

Tech/Trends Session: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/239835/StephensTrendsTechMontana.pdf

Image: Old Moccasin, MT School.

From TTW: Happy Holidays & Thanks to All!

 

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Holiday Greetings to all and the very best to everyone for 2016! We’ll see you in January!

Thanks so much to TTW readers, our excellent contributors, guest authors and all the folks I met in my travels this year!

Shout out to these conferences and libraries for being so welcoming:

Ontario Library Association, Toronto, Ontario.

Alaska Library Association Conference, Juneau, Alaska.

Connecticut Library Association Conference, Mystic, Connecticut,

Prescott Valley, Arizona, for the Arizona Library Association.

Grand Valley State University, Michigan Library Association.

I LEAD USA, Springfield, Illinois.

Prince William Public Library System, Virginia.

Ohio Library Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Library 2.015 Conference

Colorado Association of Libraries, Loveland, Colorado.

Arizona Library Association Conference, Flagstaff, Arizona.

Carmel Clay Public Library, Indiana.

Sarasota County Library System, Florida.

Thanks Arizona Library Association!

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Thanks to all the great folks who hosted me in Flagstaff, ArZ for the Arizona Library Association.

Keynote Slides: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/239835/StephensArizonaKeynote112015.pdf

Learning Session Slides: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/239835/StephensLearningArizona.pdfsnakes

Cited “Office Hours” Columns:

Always Doesn’t Live Here Anymore: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2014/10/opinion/michael-stephens/always-doesnt-live-here-anymore-office-hours/

Agents of Change: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2015/11/opinion/michael-stephens/agents-of-change-office-hours/

Stacking the Deck: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2015/06/opinion/michael-stephens/stacking-the-deck-office-hours/#_

Power of Quiet: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2015/03/opinion/michael-stephens/the-power-of-quiet-office-hours/

Color Me Curious: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2015/07/opinion/michael-stephens/color-me-curious-office-hours/

Cited:

Full Stacks: https://medium.com/@chrismessina/the-full-stack-employee-ed0db089f0a1

5minLib: http://www.5minlib.com/2015/09/31-days-of-instagram-challenge.html

Thanks Colorado Association of Libraries!

Forgive me folks, I have been lax in posting slides for recent talks. Here we go….

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Thanks to all the fine folks who welcomed me in at the Colorado Association of Libraries Conference in Loveland, Colorado. I want honored to attend the whole conference!

My keynote slides are here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/239835/StephensColorado2015.pdf

Cited “Office Hours” Columns:

Agents of Change: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2015/11/opinion/michael-stephens/agents-of-change-office-hours/

Stacking the Deck: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2015/06/opinion/michael-stephens/stacking-the-deck-office-hours/#_

Power of Quiet: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2015/03/opinion/michael-stephens/the-power-of-quiet-office-hours/

Color Me Curious: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2015/07/opinion/michael-stephens/color-me-curious-office-hours/

Cited:

Full Stacks: https://medium.com/@chrismessina/the-full-stack-employee-ed0db089f0a1

5minLib: http://www.5minlib.com/2015/09/31-days-of-instagram-challenge.html

Heading to Colorado! See You There

I leave tomorrow trip to the Colorado Association of Libraries Annual Conference where I will be doing a keynote address. I am super excited to attend the conference as well instead of swooping in just to talk. If you are attending, please say hi. See you in Loveland!

Here’s the abstract for my talk:

Emerging technologies are changing the way we live and learn. Libraries can play a key role in this future. Information is no longer bound to a form or a place. The library and resource center that builds value and thrives will be fluid enough to anticipate and quickly respond to new technologies and user expectations. The hyperlinked library is welcoming, participatory, and incorporates user input. 

The hyperlinked library is human, and its communications, externally and internally, are in a human voice. It is a playful model emphasizing collections and spaces that evolve via user and staff participation in a transformational anytime, anywhere service dynamic. Imagine the evolving hyperlinked library as a creation space, community space, anything space. Imagine this library available everywhere via mobile devices and tablets. Imagine opportunities for user learning supported and facilitated by librarians. How will library services change with large scale, global learning and mobile classrooms in the palm of one’s hand? What skills will staff require? What does the library as creative classroom look like? What does this future look like going forward as we encourage learning everywhere as a means for transformative change for ourselves and our users. This session will explore new ideas and thinking about learning at the library.

Thanks Library 2.015 Conference – Slides and Links Here

Thanks to all who attended my talk at the Library 2.015 Conference.

Full Stacks, Introverts, & Zero-Sum Librarians: Notes from Office Hours

How do we successfully lead our information organizations when so much change happens so fast? What are the hallmarks of savvy librarians? What’s a “full stack employee?” Can introverts and extroverts find common ground on library teams? Join Michael Stephens for an examination and interactive discussion of the challenges and promise of a changing LIS workforce based on his monthly column “Office Hours” in Library Journal.

Download the slides here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/239835/Library2.015Stephens.pdf

Links:

Office Hours Columns:

Stacking the Deck: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2015/06/opinion/michael-stephens/stacking-the-deck-office-hours/#_

Power of Quiet: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2015/03/opinion/michael-stephens/the-power-of-quiet-office-hours/

Color Me Curious: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2015/07/opinion/michael-stephens/color-me-curious-office-hours/

Cited:

Full Stacks: https://medium.com/@chrismessina/the-full-stack-employee-ed0db089f0a1

5minLib: http://www.5minlib.com/2015/09/31-days-of-instagram-challenge.html

Innovation Catalyst: http://tametheweb.com/2015/10/20/job-description-innovation-catalyst-librarian/

Future of Libraries: https://future-of-libraries.mit.edu

See You in Ohio! OLC Conference

Hi all! I am heading to Ohio tomorrow of the Ohio Library Council conference. I am doing two talks on Thursday. Hope to see you there! Please say hi!

 

Learning Everywhere: The Transformative Power of Hyperlinked Libraries
Thurs., Oct. 8 | 10:15 a.m.

Emerging technologies are changing the way we live and learn. Libraries can play a key role in this future. Imagine the evolving hyperlinked library as a creation space – community space – anything space. Imagine this library available everywhere via mobile devices and tablets. Imagine opportunities for user learning supported and facilitated by librarians. How will library services change with MOOCs and mobile classrooms in the palm of one’s hand? What skills will staff require? What does the library as creative classroom look like? What does this future look like going forward as we encourage learning everywhere as a means for transformative change for ourselves and our users? This session will explore new ideas and thinking about learning at the library.
Speaker: Michael Stephens, San Jose State University School of Information
Sponsor: Convention and Expo Committee
Learning Track: What’s Trending
Ohio Public Library Core Competency: Patron Instruction

Emerging Trends and Emerging Tech: Exploring the Hyperlinked Library
Thurs., Oct. 8 | 11:30 a.m.

Explore the cutting edge trends impacting today’s evolving libraries. Learn how to use these new technologies to enhance your patrons’ experience.
Speaker: Michael Stephens, San Jose State University School of Information
Sponsor: Convention and Expo Program Committee
Learning Track: What’s Trending
Ohio Public Library Core Competency: Strategic Planning

Thanks Prince William County

2015-09-15_1442325765I spoke at the staff institute of Prince William County Public Library System in Virginia last Friday. Here’s a big shout out to the great group of folks. They are set to open TWO new libraries in the next few weeks – TWO!

The slides are here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/239835/StephensPrinceWilliamStaffDay.pdf

Thanks to all the staff that made the morning so great!

(We also got to visit Monticello – see image above!)

New Article: Participatory and Transformative Engagement in Libraries and Museums: Exploring and Expanding the Salzburg Curriculum

Honored to have an article in the new issue of the Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (JELIS)  – special supplement on international issues in LIS education. This work is based on what we did in Salzburg in 2011, lead by R. David Lankes. :-)

http://dpi-journals.com/index.php/JELIS/issue/view/310

Participatory and Transformative Engagement in Libraries and Museums: Exploring and Expanding the Salzburg Curriculum

R. David Lankes, Syracuse University

Michael Stephens, San Jose State University

Melissa Arjona, San Jose State University

Abstract:

During a program titled “Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture,” co-sponsored by the Salzburg Global Seminar (SGS) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), one of the discussion groups developed recommendations for skills needed by librarians and museum professionals in today’s connected and participatory world. The group focused on the concepts, knowledge, and processes that both librarians and museum professionals need to understand and know, realizing that participatory culture has ramifications both for traditional functions and emerging skills. The initial framework was an overview. This paper expands on the work started in Salzburg and calls for further discussion. By opening the conversation to the library and museum worlds, it is proposed that the two systems of education and continuing education will experience positive and possibly unexpected synergistic benefits.