Monthly Archives: March 2012


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Shirky, of course, advocates that we embrace “as much chaos as we can stand.” In this scenario, staff is encouraged to try out a new thing without regard to the way “it’s always been done.” This is messy, scary, and probably unwanted in most institutions.  Ideas above are from: Cognitive […]

Create, Play, Read – Lending Devices to Teens (PART 3)


My new column is up at Library Journal: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/03/opinion/michael-stephens/embracing-chaos-office-hours/ Part of me is tempted to argue that this is not a debate between those who want control and those who want chaos. The forward-thinking librarian understands that Shirky’s “everybody’s coming” is the future. We are now living in the chaotic […]

Office Hours: Embracing Chaos




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Very nice article about Jeff Trzeciak in the McMaster University newspaper that highlights his student-centered focus for the university libraries. The initiatives identified align well with current trends in academic libraries: http://issuu.com/thesil/docs/mar15_master In close collaboration with students and the mcmaster Students Union (msu), he has worked to maintain the focus […]

Adapting to the Times




Stephens, M. & Cheetham, W. (2012). “Benefits and results of Learning 2.0: a case study of CityLibrariesLearning – discover*play*connect.” Australian Library Journal, 61(1), 6-15. A snippet: Both the pre- and post-programme survey utilised the question ‘Which of the following topics/tools are familiar to you?’ Staff selected from a scale ranging from […]

Another New Article – Australian Library Journal




Hello all! We usually have not endorsed too many folks over the years here at TTW, but this year here are some folks I’d urge you to vote for: Martin Garnar: http://www.facebook.com/martin.garnar.ALA I caught up with Martin at PLA and had a great chat with him about ethics and intellectual freedom.  We […]

TTW Endorsements for ALA Elections



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http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/professors-with-personal-tweets-get-high-credibility-marks/30635 So the assistant professor in communications at Elizabethtown College designed anexperiment for 120 students at the college and has just reported the results. It turns out that professors with personal Twitter streams appear to be more credible than those who stick to business. The study, co-authored with Jamie Bartolino, one […]

Tweeting Professors


I am very happy to have a new article co-written with Warren Cheetham  in Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, an online peer-reviewed journal. Download the PDF here: http://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/EBLIP/article/view/11728/13253 Abstract Objective – With adoption of the program world-wide, the Learning 2.0 model has been lauded by library professionals as a mechanism […]

New Research Article: The Impact and Effect of Learning 2.0 ...