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My new column is up at Library Journal: Part of me is tempted to argue that this is not a debate between those who want control and those who want chaos. The forward-thinking librarian understands that Shirky’s “everybody’s coming” is the future. We are now living in the chaotic […]

Office Hours: Embracing Chaos

My February column is up at Library Journal: IT’S THE MUSEUM DIRECTOR’S conundrum. She has six brief seconds to grab the visitor’s attention as they walk past each exhibit. Once they pass the exhibit, they’re gone for good. That thought went through my mind as I stood talking with […]


Office Hours: The Age of Participation 1

The mission of librarians and museum professionals is to foster conversations that improve society through knowledge exchange & social action Lifelong learning in & out of formal educational settings These topics are equally applicable to librarians and museum professionals These topics must be contextualized The following values permeate these topics: […]

Office Hours Extra: The Salzburg Curriculum


I have an invited contribution in the new issue of SJSU SLIS Student Research Journal: I recently participated in a meeting convened at the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria. For five days, over 50 librarians and museum professionals from all over the world gathered to critically examine the impact […]


Beyond the Walled Garden – An Essay in SJSU SLIS Student Research Journal 1 Recent MLIS graduates are gravitating to different fields than their predecessors. According to theLibrary Journal survey, respondents are working at “software and Internet companies, practicing information architecture, user interface analysis and design, and software engineering…and in medical centers and pharmaceutical companies, law firms and corporations.” But the survey also states […]

Office Hours Extra: Library Science without the Library by Jane Greenstein


My new column is up at Library Journal: In their recent book, A New Culture of Learning (CreateSpace, 2011), Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown explore similar concepts and the importance of continuous learning. The parallels to the original Learning 2.0 model are striking. The book is based on several assumptions […]


Office Hours: What We learned from Learning 2.0 1

Forgive this late post, but I totally forgot to link to my September column in LJ:   Mentors can advise new librarians on all aspects of the profession, including tips for getting along with coworkers, the ins and outs of dealing with library administrators, and the like. The online […]

Office Hours: The Role of Mentoring