Category Archives: Conferences & Presentations


Thank You #LIANZA13: Slides, Links, More

lianzaThanks to everyone who made this trip to New Zealand for the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa Conference so wonderful and magical. From the Powhiri that opened the conference at the  Turangawaewae Marae to the beautiful M?ori songs that filled the ballroom after the keynotes, this experience touched my heart. The fact I got to meet so many #hyperlibMOOC students as well made these past few days all the better! My talk was sponsored by the Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Information Management – Thanks!

Slide Download:

Presentation Resources:

Learning Everywhere:

Learning to Learn:

Infinite Learning:

Supplemental Resources:

Bridging the LIS/Library Divide:

The Hyperlinked Library:

Lovely gift from #hyperlibMOOC student Cath Sheard Kath

#hyperlibMOOC: Library 2.013 Presentation Links

Another global learning opportunity, Library 2.013, just concluded. The online conference brings folks together from all over the world to give presentations and exchange ideas. Some people connected with our Hyperlinked Library MOOC presented. I wanted to make sure everyone had access to the recordings:

Sally Pewhairangi & Megan Ingle:

Jan Holmquist:

Peter Morville:

My keynote  “Learning Everywhere” is here:

Full slide deck: (all images)

ALL recordings:

The Digital Shift: Learning 2.0 Meets MOOC

I’m presenting today as part of Library Journal‘s The Digital Shift:

Here are my slides as a PDF:

I go on at 12:55pm, talking about The Hyperlinked Library MOOC.

More below:

This post was originally published at the Center for Information Research and Innovation (CIRI)  blog at the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science in May 2013.

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MOOC Meets Learning 2.0 

In Fall 2013, the SJSU School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) will be offering its first open online course, the Hyperlinked Library MOOC. It is adapted from an existing online graduate course offered to SJSU students enrolled in the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program, and is intended to serve as a professional development opportunity for librarians, library staff, and professionals who work in archives and other types of information centers. The SLIS MOOC will be free and will not be offered for academic credit.  It will run from September to November, and will explore how libraries are using emerging technologies to serve their communities. I will be co-teaching with SLIS Lecturer Kyle Jones, along with course assistants, who will be SLIS graduate students.  The MOOC will run on the open-source blogging platform WordPress enhanced with a suite of plug-ins called BuddyPress.

Up to 400 MOOC students will have the opportunity to explore the Hyperlinked Library model through recorded presentations and other content, as well as practical assignments that encourage students to apply what they are learning. Badges will be awarded as students move through the course, culminating with a certificate of completion.

Although educators and scholars are debating the advantages and downsides of MOOCs, with many asserting that MOOCs have the potential to provide new insight regarding online learning, research regarding MOOCs is in its infancy.  A recent study by The Chronicle of Higher Education found that 79% of MOOC instructors believe MOOCs are “worth the hype” (Kolowich, 2013). John Daniel’s 2012 paper Making Sense of MOOCs: Musings in a Maze of Myth, Paradox and Possibility explores emerging issues that educators should consider and scholars should research: technology platforms, for-profit versus nonprofit models, effective pedagogy, and student success within large learning environments. A scan of recent research includes assessing the experiences of students and professors in MOOC environments, and evaluating various MOOC platforms and their impact on student learning. Clearly, evaluating MOOC environments is an area ripe for exploration.

The parallels between the MOOC movement and 23 Things/ Learning 2.0 programs, my research area for the past few years, are intriguing. Might we argue that Learning 2.0 (L2.0) programs, offered in hundreds if not thousands of organizations, are precursors to the evolving, open and large scale learning landscape we’re experiencing now?

The #hyperlib MOOC will incorporate certain emphases culled from my L2.0 research. The L2.0 model has an emphasis on play, experimentation and social interaction with other learners as part of the program. A focus on play, innovation and experimentation is needed for 21st century learning success, argue Thomas and Brown in aNew Culture of Learning. Jenkins defined play as “the capacity to experiment with one’s surroundings as a form of problem-solving,” and argued that play is one of the most important emerging social literacies and valued skills for the changing landscape of education. The L2.0 model combines play and opportunities to explore new technologies into a unique self-directed yet social learning experience.

The MOOC will also based on the concepts of “connected learning,” a term used by Jenkins (2012) to describe participatory online learning with a real-world focus: “It’s social. It’s hands-on. It’s active. It’s networked. It’s personal. It’s effective. Through a new vision of learning, it holds out the possibility for productive and broad-based educational change.”

Research centered on delivering the #hyperlib MOOC will contribute to a better understanding regarding how not-for-credit MOOCs can serve as professional development tools.  I am eager to evaluate the SLIS MOOC, identify areas where the model is effective, and provide recommendations regarding how to improve the design of MOOCs in the future.


Daniel, J. (2012). Making sense of MOOCs: Musings in a maze of myth, paradox and possibility.

Journal of Interactive Media in Education (JIME). Retrieved from

Jenkins, H. (March 1, 2012). Connected learning: A new paradigm [Web log post].

Kolowich, S. (2013, March 18). The minds behind the MOOCs.  The Chronicle of Higher Education.  Retrieved from

Thomas, D., & Brown, J. S. (2011). A new culture of learning: Cultivating the imagination for a world of constant change. Lexington, Ky: CreateSpace?.


#hyperlibMOOC at MOOCs in Libraries Symposium, Toronto


Greetings from the Pushing the Envelope in Education: Roles for Libraries — MOOCs, eLearning & Gamification Symposium in Toronto! It’s been an incredible event centered on sharing ideas about learning in our ever-evolving world. I was honored to present today about #hyperlibMOOC with SJSU SLIS Director Dr. Sandy Hirsh and my co-instructor Kyle Jones, who both Skyped in to be with us.

Dr. Hirsh’s slides:

My slides:

Intro to the Hyperlinked Library MOOC:

#HyperlibMOOC Toolkit for Student Success:

Kyle’s slides:

THANK YOU to Jane Dysart and Stephen Abram for convening this exciting event!

Be the Spark: Looking Back at R-Squared One Year Later

On Sept. 9-11, 2012, 350 library professionals from 38 states and three countries embarked on a journey to Telluride, Colo., to rethink libraries and learn about taking risks to move libraries forward. This is what they discovered.

R2 continues to be the most engaging, rewarding and challenging conference I have ever attended!

I wrote about my experience at R2 here:

Save the Dates: Library 2.013 Conference is just a few weeks away!



The Library 2.013 Worldwide Virtual Conference will connect information professionals worldwide for two days of engaging, interactive presentations. The conference will be held entirely online via web conferencing, with sessions scheduled around the clock in multiple languages and time zones. The global conversation about the future of libraries begins October 18, 2013.

Information professionals are encouraged to participate in this global forum designed to foster collaborative learning and provide professional development opportunities. Everyone is welcome to submit a presentation proposal and participate in this virtual event. Presentation proposals will be accepted from April 9 to September 30, 2013. Thanks to the dedication ofconference partners and volunteers, the Library 2.013 Worldwide Virtual Conference isFREE to attend.

The virtual conference will cover eight thought-provoking subject strands, addressing a wide variety of topics, such as building sustainable digital collections, evaluating the user experience, serving distance users, and more.

Library 2.013 Conference Strands

  1. Digital Services, Preservation, and Access
  2. Emerging Technologies and Trends
  3. Learning Commons (for school libraries and/or academic libraries)
  4. Management of Libraries and Information Centers in the 21st Century
  5. User Centered Services and Models
  6. Library and Information Professionals – Evolving Roles and Opportunities
  7. Doctoral Student Research
  8. Library and Information Center “Tours”

Conference attendees can choose which live sessions they want to attend, and view all the sessions at their convenience after the conference. All the Library 2.013 conference presentations will be recorded.

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The first two conferences in the Library 2.0 annual conference series (Library 2.011 Worldwide Virtual Conference and Library 2.012 Worldwide Virtual Conference) had more than 150 presentations each, and this year’s conference is expected to offer a similar number of presentations, spanning topics that are relevant to information professionals who work in a range of library types, including public libraries, academic libraries, school libraries, and special libraries.

Library 2.013 Conference Snapshot

  • October 18-19, 2013 – Sessions are scheduled around the clock over the course of two days.
  • Fully Online – The conference is held via Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing.
  • Free to Attend – All you need is an Internet connection to join the live sessions. Session links will be posted on the conference website.
  • Multiple Languages – Everyone is encouraged to present in this global conference. The call for presentation proposals will be going out in April 2013.
  • Multiple Time Zones – Regardless of where you live or time of day, you can join the live sessions.
  • Eight Conference Strands – Sessions cover timely topics on the minds of information professionals. See examples of topics.
  • Flexible Format – Mix and match your sessions and attend when convenient for you. The conference schedule will be posted on the conference website in the fall.
  • Registration Not Required – The Library 2.013 conference is open to the public. Everyone can join the sessions starting on October 18.


Learning Everywhere in New Zealand

lianza13_conflogo_updatedJust submitted my abstract for my keynote at LIANZA 2013. I am honored that my keynote presentation is sponsored by Victoria University of Wellington! :-)

LEARNING EVERYWHERE: The Transformative Power of Hyperlinked Libraries

Michael Stephens, PhD, San José State University, San José, California USA

Mobile and Web technologies are creating a world of everywhere and anytime learning opportunities, and libraries can play a key role in this future. Imagine the emerging hyperlinked library as an active creation space, magnetic community space, new tools and resources space— a practical anything space. Imagine this library available everywhere and at anytime via mobile devices and tablets. How will services change? What training, skills, and support will staff require? What does this future look like going forward as we encourage “edgeless” learning as a means for transformative change for ourselves and for our users?

Michael Stephens, Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University, will explore the culture of “Learning Always” and the emerging models of connected, open, and free instructional environments that offer great potential for staff and the public. Can we support students of all kinds in Massive Open Online Courses? Can we create spaces in our institutions for discovery, play and knowledge creation? What’s the potential for professional development and lifelong learning when courses can be designed to present the latest from the best of the best in every discipline and offer experiences and exploration anywhere and anytime? This session will explore the creative ideas and thinking behind the momentum toward learning everywhere, and how our libraries can be at the forefront for supporting and taking advantage of this new learning culture.