Monthly Archives: November 2011



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Thinking about the future has been very common for me in 2011.  I’ve asked myself time and time again, “what is my place in libraries?” but I haven’t come to a final answer.  I’ve had this feeling that I can’t be a teen librarian forever, but since it is the […]

Library Director: A Possible Future



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At DOK in October 2011, Erik Boekesteijn demonstrates an app the pulls in the library’s Flickr feed into the Surface table. Update: Erik Comments:  If people are interested in having this app or any of the other apps we make in their library, they are welcome to contact us at [email protected]

Erik Demonstrates Surface & Flickr App


This is the  text of my closing remarks from Internet Librarian International’s closing panel – our theme was “the new normal meets the new you.” The new normal: libraries have the potential  be anywhere and everywhere, librarians can actively contribute to transformative social engagement.  Our foundations are built on service […]

The New Normal: Catalyzing Ideas & People



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Legend has it that In 1532, Pizarro overthrew the Inca Empire with 168 men. Librarians have much to learn from history. I have been working my way through Charles Manns’ eye opening and complex book 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus. Mann challenges us to rethink what we […]

What Pizarro and the Inca can Teach Librarians: Why Libraries ...


Head on over to http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/96705 A crowdsourced collection of over 100 essays from around the world about trends in school libraries written by librarians, teachers, publishers, and library vendors. Edited by Kristin Fontichiaro and Buffy Hamilton. Foreword by R. David Lankes. Photographs by Diane Cordell. CONTRIBUTORS: Kelly Ahlfeld, Diane Erica […]

FREE ebook: School Libraries: What’s Now, What’s Next, What’s Yet ...







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    I was HONORED to be asked to give a keynote presentation for the Library 2.011 conference this week. By the end of the talk, we had attendees from all over the world! I said it then, will say it here: gamechanger. Slides: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/239835/HyperlinkedServicesStephensLib2.011.pdf View the Recording Here: RECORDING

My Keynote: Hyperlinked Library Services for Everyone at the Library ...