In my Library Journal column “Office Hours,” I explored the concept of learning everywhere. Here’s a snip: This semester, I’m teaching a new class based on Mezirow’s concepts of transformative learning, the work of Char Booth in the arena of user instruction, and the Learning 2.0 model…. We’re working with consultant Polly-Alida Farrington, who teamed up three groups of my students with two libraries and a school library consortium in New York State. Over the course of our 15-week semester, each group is adapting, designing, and running a “mini-23 Things” for its assigned organization. It’s been a fun, chaotic, and messy experience. In our weekly group […]
Don’t miss this archive of resources from the R-Squared Conference: http://rsquaredconference.org/program/resources In case you missed it, here’s my “Office Hours” column about one of the best library conference I’ve ever attended: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/09/opinion/michael-stephens/did-you-miss-the-r-squared-conference-it-was-a-barn-burner-office-hours/
I really enjoy participating in library staff development days. I get to visit with library staff, talk about what’s happening and coming in our world, and get a nice glimpse into how the library works on a day that everyone comes together to learn. Today at Barrington Area Library was no exception – thanks to all who made the morning so much fun! For slides please Contact Michael
Greetings! The semester is winding down and my classes have been going gangbusters! So much in fact that they all want to stay in touch with each other via their blogging. This post will serve as a place for the students to share their URLs that will remain after we clear out our course WP sites. TTW readers – want to be inspired, check out some of these blogs!
Over the past few weeks I’ve been reflecting on the connections I make in a digital world. The main purpose for the reflection was to fulfil a MIS assessment on Online Personal Learning Networks [OPLN] in Dr. Michael Stephens Fall 2012 Transformative Learning & Technology Literacies class. I think that Richardson and Mancabelli’s description of an OPLN as a unique learning environment where ‘we learn what we want or need to learn using the vast resources and people online’ is fitting (2011, p.3). This method of informal learning complements traditional learning and helps us to function better in all aspects of […]
I’m driving to northern Illinois later today to present at the Barrington Area Library Staff Development Day. It’s my last talk of the year! Thanks to everyone who attended my talks this year – it’s been super fun.
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/trade-shows-events/article/54958-the-p-l-sheet-ala-preview-2012.html Brian Kenney writes his first Publishers Weekly column: What do I want to come in 2013? What I want is simple: more chaos. I have no interest in trying to replicate our old print models or owning e-books. I’m enough of a librarian to want someone out there to maintain a permanent copy—but please don’t make it be me. My collection is dynamic and ever changing. There are few titles I want to access after three years, fewer still after eight. I want business models that will support this fluidity. I actually like the model created by HarperCollins—once reviled, […]