Yearly Archives: 2011

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SJSU SLIS News: Dr. Michael Stephens Awarded Grant to Explore Efficacy of Learning 2.0 Program Congratulations to SJSU SLIS faculty member Dr. Michael Stephens, who recently received a $11,786 grant award from the university, which will allow him to conduct a preliminary study of the Learning 2.0 professional development program and its implementation at U.S. libraries. Since its debut five years ago, nearly 1,000 libraries worldwide have offered the Learning 2.0 professional development program to their staff. The self-paced, online program aims to educate library personnel about emerging technology, generate a willingness to explore and adapt to technological change, and gain new knowledge regarding how to use emerging technology to better serve their communities. In […]

Office Hours Extra: Library Science without the Library by Jane Greenstein Recent MLIS graduates are gravitating to different fields than their predecessors. According to theLibrary Journal survey, respondents are working at “software and Internet companies, practicing information architecture, user interface analysis and design, and software engineering…and in medical centers and pharmaceutical companies, law firms and corporations.” But the survey also states that graduates are accepting “lower salaries and part-time hours as retail clerks, baristas, and office assistants in order to pay the bills.” While my motives for entering library school may be anathema to many librarians, students with my background are becoming hard to ignore. It’s safe to say that library […]

Thanks Aurora Public Library & Aurora Community!

I had a great time presenting for the group of community stakeholders – including the mayor – for Aurora Public Library. The talk surveyed the technology and innovation landscape for library services. The slides are here: FoxValleyMom covered the event:  

Last Presentations of the Year

Greetings from Aurora, Illinois. I am back in the Chicago area for my last two talks of the year. This afternoon I’m presenting an emerging technology trends overview for a group of community technology stakeholders that will be as siting the Aurora Public Library with technology planning for the future. Then, Friday morning I present at staff development day at Highland Park’s public library. It’s been a great year of travel and changes but it’s nice to have the approaching holiday break.

Office Hours: What We learned from Learning 2.0

My new column is up at Library Journal: In their recent book, A New Culture of Learning (CreateSpace, 2011), Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown explore similar concepts and the importance of continuous learning. The parallels to the original Learning 2.0 model are striking. The book is based on several assumptions about our new normal, for example, “The world is changing faster than ever and our skill sets have a shorter life,” and “Play is the basis for cultivating imagination and innovation.” Planning for ongoing organizational learning for staff may seem like just “one more thing” in our stressed environments, but […]

Office Hours: Putting the UX in Education

User experience (UX) thinking was born at information schools but hasn’t found a home in many libraries. Why not? The answer is simple. Many LIS programs haven’t integrated UX coursework into their curricula, and libraries suffer as a result. Granted, a few schools have incorporated UX elements to varying degrees. New York’s Pratt Institute SILS program, for example, offers a Cultural Informatics track with coursework devoted to “usability, human computer interaction, cultural heritage description and access and digital archives and libraries in global information environments.” Jen Waller, a grad of the iSchool at the University of Washington, reported via Twitter that […]