Thanks to everyone who attended my talk “Wholehearted Librarianship: Finding Hope, Inspiration, and Balance” at ALA last week in Washington DC. We should bring our hearts to work, and qualities such as empathy, emotional intelligence, and reflective action are all part of this process. Service steeped in humanism, compassion, and […]

Thanks ALA & Loida! Wholehearted Librarianship Presentation at #alaac19


Just published in Library Leadership & Management: Technology, Collaboration, and Learning: Perceptions and Effectiveness of US Public Library Staff Professional Development Michael Stephens, Stacey A Mitchell, Ari Zickau Abstract The primary purpose of this study was to investigate the preferences and perceptions of professional development (PD) activities for public library […]

Research Article: Perceptions of US Public Library Staff Professional Development



Greetings! If you are attending Next Library 2019 in Aarhus, Denmark next week, please consider this interactive session. I am thrilled to be joining colleagues from the US and Australia to present “The Power of Stories.” Storytelling – an ancient, community-building, revered, and always-relevant “technology” – is a powerful connector. […]

See You at Next Library 2019!




A TTW Guest Post by Sarah Jo Zaharako My fifth grade library students just designed their dream libraries. Every Friday for a month, during library class, students collaborated to create slideshow presentations representing exactly what they wanted in a public library. Inspired by innovative library spaces, services, and programs worldwide, […]

Designing Dream Libraries in the Hyperlinked School Library




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Thanks to Loida, ALA staff, and everyone who attended today’s webinar. Watch the recording here. Here’s the press release: Join Garcia-Febo and Dr. Michael Stephens for an exploration of the importance of accessible, welcoming and responsive library environments that invite open and equitable participation, as well as an examination of which […]

The Heart of Librarianship ALA Webinar with Loida Garcia Febo


Glad to do a short session for the Sirsi Dynix Connections Summit today. Thanks to everyone who was watching – apologies for the slide issue! You can download the slides here.  Useful Links: Selected Library Journal “Office Hours” columns cited: Adopt or Adapt Libraries in Balance   Stephens, M. (2016). The Heart of […]

Thanks Sirsi Dynix Connections Summit! The Hyperlinked Campus Slides & ...