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My new “Office Hours” column is up at Library Journal online: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/04/opinion/michael-stephens/learning-everywhere-office-hours/ The trend, “Education paradigms are shifting to include online learning, hybrid learning, and collaborative models,” also describes the move from place-based learning and information access. These ideas for change are synthesized in what Henry Jenkins calls “connected learning.” […]

Office Hours: Learning Everywhere


My new column is up at Library Journal: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/03/opinion/michael-stephens/embracing-chaos-office-hours/ 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



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My February column is up at Library Journal: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/02/opinion/michael-stephens/the-age-of-participation-office-hours/ 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


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



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I have an invited contribution in the new issue of SJSU SLIS Student Research Journal: http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/vol1/iss2/2/ 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 ...





http://www.libraryjournal.com/lj/home/893005-264/library_science_without_the_library.html.csp 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 ...



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My new column is up at Library Journal: http://www.libraryjournal.com/lj/ljinprint/currentissue/892499-403/lessons_from_learning_2.0_.csp 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


User experience (UX) thinking was born at information schools but hasn’t found a home in many libraries. Why not? The answer is simple. Many LIS programs haven’t integrated UX coursework into their curricula, and libraries suffer as a result. Granted, a few schools have incorporated UX elements to varying degrees. […]

Office Hours: Putting the UX in Education