Monthly Archives: November 2009

10 posts

Thanks Rutgers Beta Phi Mu & SC&I

Before my trip to Darien, I got to spend a wonderful day with the good folks at Rutgers University School of Communication & Information. I presented the Fall 2009 lecture for the Beta Phi Mu, International Library and Information Studies Honor Society Omicron Chapter at the SC&I that evening, preceded by a reception. Students as well as local librarians attended. One thing I did with this talk was tap into the wisdom of part of my own personal learning network. Polling my Twitter followers for sage advice yielded some interesting and useful conversation starters. Read about it at ALA TechSource: […]

Thanks Darien Library!

Darien Library Spaces, originally uploaded by mstephens7. On the 20th of November I got to spend the day with the good folks at Darien Library in Darien, CT. I spent time with Louise Berry, Allan Gray and John Blyberg touring the incredible new building, meeting with staff over lunch and afternoon tea, and taking in all the wonderful things they’ve done with their service model. I just wanted to give a public shout out to everyone at Darien who welcomed me and shared their experiences. I can’t wait to visit again! My flickr set is here:

Kyle Jones, Knowledge and Learning Services Librarian at Darien Library

Congrats to TTW Contributor Kyle Jones! Kyle writes: I’m very excited to announce that starting in January of 2010 I will be joining the award winning staff at Darien Library in Darien, CT as a Knowledge and Learning Services Librarian.  To say that it is honor to be afforded this opportunity at this time in my career is a bit of an understatement.  I look forward to getting to know the community of Darien. I just spent a full day with the folks at Darien Library, touring the new building, chatting with staff and learning all I could about […]

Open Conversation: Transparency

Jan: Hi Michael, I’ve read your beautiful and very inspiring series about the Transparent Library with Michael Casey in Library Journal. In the series’ first article you wrote: “What prevents a library from being transparent? Barriers. Roadblocks. Inability to change. The culture of perfect. The transparent library contains three key elements: open communication, adapting to change, and scanning the horizon. We’ll explore these ideas and offer solutions for those struggling with new models of service, technology, and a decidedly opaque climate. The web has changed the old landscape of top-down decisions.” “As the web becomes the greatest word-of-mouth amplifier in history, consumers […]

Signs Signs Everywhere!

Don’t miss: I walk into too many libraries with signs like this: What might happen if we replaced our welcome signs with ones like these? Where would kids learn best? OK, let me have it.

Synergy Vision Statement

Elsie Martinez, Meg Edwards, Elizabeth Nelson, Marcie Shaffer, Lauren Offerman-Vice, and I were given the opportunity to consider and write a vision statement during Synergy 2009: The Illinois Library Leadership Initiative. The group consisted of special, academic, and public (adult and youth) librarians from all over the state of Illinois.  After much thought, writing, discussion and debate we arrived at a vision statement we were pleased with.  Please take a few minutes to view the video we designed to present the Vision Statement. Synergy Vision 2009 from Mick Jacobsen on Vimeo. TTW Contributor: Mick Jacobsen

Thanks Charleston Conference 2009!

A huge thank you to all the wonderful folks who attended my plenary session this morning at the Charleston Conference 2009. I was a tad sleep-deprived, but the excitement and interest of the crowd made the talk and our discussion – which continued to the coffee break – very engaging. The slides are here: Checkout the Twitter hashtag here:

end of times beginning of i heart librarians 081

end of times beginning of i heart librarians 081, originally uploaded by i heart librarians. Aaron Schmidt writes: LIS Students from the University of Toronto are drumming up support for their participation in the A Dare to Remember AIDS awareness campaign by walking around Toronto and photographing people with a giant I ? librarians sign. I ? this project! I do too! What a wonderful way to take their message out to the users. Click through and checkout the whole set.