The Transparent Library: Embracing Service to Teens

MS: Comments on my blog ranged from the forward-thinking, right-up-Ranganathan’s alley and the “Anonymous” who said, “Of course that crap should be banned” to the thoughtful critique and commentary of Ian McKinney from cutting-edge Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN. He reminds us the problem was specific kids, not technology. Indeed, I worry the … Continue reading The Transparent Library: Embracing Service to Teens

Those Pesky Teens & Gaming

Ryan Deschamps writes: Public Libraries use gaming to attract teens That’s not precisely true. If we have public computers, the teens are already there — gaming. Gaming programs are an attempt to channel the gaming energy into a community building experience. It’s noisy; it’s not books; it’s probably more fun than your average taxpayer would … Continue reading Those Pesky Teens & Gaming

Brian Kenney on Core Competencies

Did you know ALA was publishing the “Core Competencies of Librarianship?” Brian Kenney writes: http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6545430.html Although the guidelines were presented at a public meeting, I don’t think this document is widely available, but you could try searching ala.org. The document is predictably conservative—in the sense of preserving what exists—and covers what you’d imagine: the foundation … Continue reading Brian Kenney on Core Competencies

About Michael Stephens

Dr. Michael Stephens is Assistant Professor in the School of Information at San Jose State University and designs and conducts the online postgraduate course, The Hyperlinked Library, focused on the powerful emerging trends, tools and processes driving change in library and information communities. He was the 2009 CAVAL Visiting Scholar in Australia, consulted for US Embassies … Continue reading About Michael Stephens