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Consider Funding: Rod Library Quest for the Microsoft Surface Hub

https://pawprint.uni.edu/project/1243 Rod Library wants to empower and inspire the University of Northern Iowa community to discover, imagine, create and innovate. For several years the library has continued to make positive strides toward enhancing the user experience. Help the library continue on this quest by purchasing a Microsoft Surface Hub. The […]


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Job Description: Innovation Catalyst Librarian

The job posting has been taken down but this listing has promoted much discussion in my classes, and I’ll be mentioning it in talks. Saving it here for posterity. http://www.trentonlib.org/Cit-e-Access/webpage.cfm?TID=92&TPID=9534 Innovation Catalyst Librarian (Librarian 1) Trenton Free Public Library, Trenton NJ Salary: $50,765 starting Status: Full-time and benefitted, 35 hours […]


Office Hours: Nurture or Nature?

My new column is up at Library Journal: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2015/09/opinion/michael-stephens/nurture-or-nature-office-hours/ There is much to be said for encouraging staff at your library to pursue the professional library degree. These folks know the ropes, the culture, and the community. Prompting staff to go to library school is an opportunity for the library […]

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Office Hours: Color Me Curious

My new column is up at Library Journal: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2015/07/opinion/michael-stephens/color-me-curious-office-hours/ No amount of training or professional development can move us forward if an individual is uninterested in learning or growing. I’d argue for two vital traits that will serve librarians well throughout their careers. Longtime ­librarians, midcareer folks, new hires, and […]


Office Hours: Stacking the Deck

My new column is up at Library Journal: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2015/06/opinion/michael-stephens/stacking-the-deck-office-hours/ Have you read about the “Full-Stack Employee?” In a think piece published in Medium, author Chris Messina—the creator of the hashtag, no less—offers this definition: “the full-stack employee has a powerful combination of skills that make them incredibly valuable. They are […]

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Office Hours: Researcher: What You Got?

My new column is up at Library Journal: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2015/05/opinion/michael-stephens/researcher-what-you-got-office-hours/ A recent opinion piece from Singapore’s Straits Times recently made the rounds on Facebook. “Prof, no one is reading you” by Asit K. Biswas and Julian Kirchherr explores the idea that most scholarly output disappears into our databases, CVs, and tenure […]