My new column is up at Library Journal and it’s all about the incredible community of LIS folks in new Zealand:
Something struck me about this conference, in addition to my interactions with the library folk I met as we traveled down the North Island, stopping in Wellington for a talk I gave at Victoria University and on to the South Island. At a combination #hyperlibMOOC and library folk tweet up held at Pomeroy’s Pub in Christchurch, I finally asked the assembled group, “Why does the LIS community here feel so cohesive and tight-knit? Is it the isolation?” Between the pub chat and the question I threw out to Kiwis in my Twitter network, the ideas flowed:
“Tight-knit for sure, but many local authorities in NZ are becoming smaller, and there are fewer employing authorities, so librarians are working in larger organizations and tend to meet one another more often,” said Brendon Moir, system analyst for the digital library web team at Christchurch City Libraries. “The local and national partnerships between libraries have become really important, and this will only increase.”
Here’s a shot of the epic conference dinner:
More photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelsphotos/sets/72157638183133045/
Thanks 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: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/239835/StephensLearningEverywhereLIANZA.pdf
Learning to Learn: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/06/opinion/michael-stephens/learning-to-learn-office-hours/
Infinite Learning: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/10/opinion/michael-stephens/infinite-learning-office-hours/
Bridging the LIS/Library Divide: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/09/opinion/michael-stephens/bridging-the-lislibrary-divide/
The Hyperlinked Library: http://tametheweb.com/2011/02/21/hyperlinkedlibrary2011/
Lovely gift from #hyperlibMOOC student Cath Sheard
Just 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.