Monthly Archives: March 2010

21 posts

Thanks PLA!

Caval 2009, originally uploaded by Lester Public Library. I had a great time in Portland for PLA. It was nice to catch up with folks I rarely see and to spend time in a great Northwest city. I also enjoyed talking about my research project. The slides are here: PLA Learning 2.0 Presentation View more presentations from Michael Stephens.

Thanks US Embassy Berlin!

Pam Dragovich & Michael, Brandenburg Tor, originally uploaded by mstephens7. (Pam is Information Resource Officer, U.S. Department of State) My heartfelt thanks to Nancy, Pam and everyone at the US Embassy Germany who played a part in sponsoring my visit to Germany. Tausend Dank! The slides and schedule are here.

Thanks US Consulate, Hamburg!

With Christiane & Nils, originally uploaded by mstephens7. I spent less than 24 hours in Hamburg – but I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the good folks there. Christiane and Nils were my guides for the day, including a brief tour around the  beautiful historic city. We had a wonderful luncheon with folks from the university library, including Markus, Ulrike & Anne: I presented “The Hyperlinked Community Library” that day at the Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg. The Hyperlinked Community Library View more presentations from Michael Stephens.

Thanks US Mission Geneva!

I’m a bit behind with Thank You messages and shout outs – so here goes! Thanks to everyone who made my stay in Geneva, Switzerland so wonderful! I was sponsored by the good folks at the US Mission Geneva for two days of touring and presentations/discussions. During my brief stay, I spoke with members of  AILIS, Association of International Librarians and Information Specialists, and led a discussion among social media practitioners from the private sector, consultancies, international organizations and the press. We also toured CERN and the UN Library. Thanks to everyone at the UN LIbrary as well for being so […]

Presentations that ROCK!

Presentations that ROCK!, originally uploaded by _Marianne. Take a look: I really appreciate the points about telling your story and gathering support. The best presentations synthesize current thinking and discourse shared via passionate, unique story.

Social Media Best Practices for Libraries: A TTW Guest Post

This post was written by Kasia Grabowska for last semester’s LIS 768: Library 2.0 & Networking Technologies class. Kasia has allowed me to repost it here. After doing brand monitoring research for the past few weeks, looking closely at Skokie Public Library (and not so closely at several other libraries), I decided to put together a list of “do’s and don’ts” for librarians on successfully utilizing social media. This is what I learned from doing brand monitoring and what I personally would recommend to libraries that are getting started with social media. Tip #1: Learn how to monitor your brand Join the RIGHT […]

Online Education & Blogging Joshua Kim writes: The best preparation I received for blogging was teaching online. One of the most important elements for running a successful online course involves presence. The instructor must be “present” in the course discussion boards and blogs. Teaching online gave me tons of practice in writing rapid, hopefully thought provoking, discussion and blog posts around the curriculum and the student’s work. Much has been written about how teaching online can improve on-ground teaching. I’d add comfort with blogging to the benefits online learning. Is the ability to quickly produce prose that (at least sometimes) may interest a […]