Monthly Archives: June 2006

63 posts

Libraryman on Netflix As non-profits, couldn’t we just charge cost for an expanded level of service for patrons that selected to buy in. I know that idea upsets a fair hunk of library folks, but remember, it is an increasingly ”content, not containers” world now. Love it or hate it, it’s where we are now and it has to be effectively dealty with. People (aka patrons aka consumers aka customers) don’t give a hoot if they get what they want from the local library, from Amazon or from iTunes. A huge percentage of folks don’t even give a hoot if they have […]

TADL Rocks!!!

View from my table Originally uploaded by mstephens7. I’m at Traverse Area District Library working on stuff and it’s a perfect environemnt. For one, get a load of that view! And I have a huge table for all my articles, a printer on the network for a nominal fee, a power outlet built in and fast WIFI! I’m working on my research proposal and awash in blog articles, social stuff and Michael Buckland’s Redesigning Library Services. I am a card holder (tax payer!), but even if I wasn’t all this library goodeness is available to me. Thanks TADL!

A Huge L2 Job in Kansas! Overview: A current organizational priority at TSCPL is the development of a Virtual Branch to serve library users online. The Virtual Branch & Services Manager will provide vision and leadership in designing, bringing online, and supporting the Virtual Branch, bringing ideas to the table with a high “wow, cool, nobody else is doing this!” factor. The Virtual Branch & Services Manager will lead a highly skilled cross-discipline staff in using new technologies to translate traditional library services into a virtual, Library 2.0 format and provide innovative virtual library services to our community, continuing a TSCPL tradition of exemplary customer […]

Michael’s Bio

Michael Stephens is a frequent speaker at library conferences around the world, he was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker in 2005. He has been the keynote speaker at many conferences, including the Iowa Library Association Conference, Ohio Tech Connections, the Rethinking Resource Sharing Conference, the Mississippi Library 2.0 Summit (Mississippi State University), and the Ohio Library Council. He also spoke at Internet Librarian International in London in 2004, 2005 and 2006, and at the August 2006 TICER Innovation Institute at the University of Tilburg, the Netherlands. He serves on the editorial boards of several major journals, including Internet […]

Buckland on Serving the User

Michael Buckland, Redesigning Library Services, 1992: The people whom libraries are to serve are making increasing use of the new information technology of computers and electronic storage, in addition to the old information technology of pen, paper, and photocopier. The new tools provide powerful options for working with data, text, sound, and images. As examples, consider the reduction in labor now required for sending an (electronic) message or text to distant collaborators, for the compilation of concordances, for complex simulations and calculations, for image enhancement, and for the analysis of large sets of numeric data. There is, predictably, an increasing […]

Short Bio

Holding an MLS from Indiana University, Michael Stephens has spent the last fifteen years working in public libraries. Beginning in the fall of 2006, Michael will be joining the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois, as an Instructor. He is a student in the University of North Texas IMLS Distance Independent Information Science Ph.D. Cohort Program, studying libraries, librarians, and social software. He is currently writing his dissertation. He has presented at library conferences locally, nationally, and internationally, has published with Neal-Schuman Inc.and has written for Public Libraries, Library Journal, the OCLC Newsletter […]

Have You Added Your LIS Weblog to Amanda’s Wiki?

I’m working on my research proposal for my dissertation and after many permutations, I’m focusing on public library Weblogs and their social function. Currently, I’m trying to get a grip on the methodology section and I contacted Amanda Etches Johnson, Biblioblogger, speaker and academic librarian at McMaster, about using her wiki as one of the sources to gather PL Weblogs for content analysis. Amanda reported the numbers above to me and gave me permission to blog them. Thanks Amanada! I note last April she reported on the “state of the biblioblogosphere” –maybe it’s time to do that again, eh Amanda? […]

Rachel Singer Gordon on Library 2.0

My writing partner for CIL explains her take on L2 at het blog: This is partially because I believe Library 2.0 is best tackled by people currently working in libraries, which I am not. But my experiences working in public libraries (and hearing about other people’s experiences) make me believe in Library 2.0 as a positive unifying force. I believe we need something to hitch our wagon to, and I’m happy hooking mine up here. The main arguments I have seen against Library 2.0 are that “2.0” is too much of a buzzword or that Library 2.0 contains some existing […]

Blogging to the Library Blog from ALA Joe, my esteemed colleague at SJCPL, is in NOLA, and today he posted to the SJCPL Blog. Go Joe! I like this form many reasons, including the fact it’s transparent, it promotes the library’s staff development initiatives and it makes for interetsing reading. I’d urge other librarians blogging from ALA to post to their library’s blog as well.

More on the Night Blog

Margaret Lincoln posts at the Nigh Blog: The June 2006 issue of An End to Intolerance (AETI) features an article titled The Great Blog: Sharing Elie Wiesel’s Memoir, Night.” Cold Spring Harbor student JP Rourkis contributed this excellent write-up of the project that linked high school students from New York and Michigan in a meaningful learning experience focusing on the Holocaust. AETI is an international, student-produced magazine that is part of the Holocaust Genocide Project (HGP). Not only was HGP honored as a Program of Excellence by the New York State English Council in 2005, but the organization has been […]