Office Hours: The Livelong Day

My new column is up at Library Journal: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2015/10/opinion/michael-stephens/the-livelong-day-office-hours/ Serving as a member of the advisory board of the Project Information Literacy (PIL) Lifelong Learning study has impressed on me the importance of understanding and addressing the information needs of citizens throughout their lives, especially as they move into the […]

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“It’s not what about you studied, it’s about what you learned”

Adaptive experts and deep learners are the employees most in demand in the tech industry. John P. Mello Jr., whose article, “For Tech Careers it’s Not About What You Studied, it’s About What You Learned”, discusses Project Information Literacy’s (PIL ) survey regarding early adult research habits, and how they, […]


Reality is broken: Why games make us better and how they can change the world by Jane McGonigal — A TTW Guest Post by Ryan Tucci

For reference purposes it is important to note that this book review and supplemental video were originally completed as a Book Context Assignment for Michael’s The Hyperlinked Library course, taught in the Fall of 2015 at San Jose State University. Socially Isolated Addicted young people Few real-life social ties These […]

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Context Book Report on Henry Jenkins – A TTW Guest Post by Megan “Red” Bergeron 1

My Context Book report for INFO 287 is a Keynote presentation that I have uploaded to YouTube. Want to learn more about the events going on at the Burton Barr Central Library in Arizona? Click here. ———————————————————————————- Megan Bergeron, or Red as she prefers to be called, currently works in […]

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Thanks Prince William County

I spoke at the staff institute of Prince William County Public Library System in Virginia last Friday. Here’s a big shout out to the great group of folks. They are set to open TWO new libraries in the next few weeks – TWO! The slides are here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/239835/StephensPrinceWilliamStaffDay.pdf Thanks to all the staff […]


Job Postings: St. Joseph County Public Library

Some great opportunities have popped up at the St. Joseph County Public Library in South Bend, Indiana. If it wasn’t enough that Michael used to work there, these listings show great potential for some digitally minded, sense-of-humor carrying and industrious librarians. 🙂 Check them out below… Branch Manager, Western Branch (Full-time) Education/Experience: […]

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Libraries and film: “Punk ass book jockeys,” information literacy, and beyond – A TTW Guest Post by Eamon Tewell

Librarianship has long been informed by ideas outside of the profession that are then brought into it. One of the intersections that has always interested me is libraries and film. Some areas of this overlap have been well documented, while others represent very new terrain. The portrayals of libraries and […]