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, […]
Learning Everywhere Reprinted with permission from the Australian School Library Association Inc. (ASLA) ACCESS, Vol. 26, No. 4, November 2012. A lot has changed in the years since I visited Australia and spoke at the ASLA conference in 2009. Rapid technological advances continue to change the way we communicate, share and learn. The landscape can be defined in these terms: participatory, connected, pervasive. In A New culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change by Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown, the authors discuss the impact of technology on education and on society. The authors argue that […]
Congrats Brian! NEW YORK—November 29, 2012—Deepening its commitment to library issues, Publishers Weekly is pleased to announce the addition of librarian Brian Kenney, former editorial director ofLibrary Journal (LJ), School Library Journal (SLJ) and The Horn Book, as a contributing editor and blogger. In his new role, Kenney will write a monthly column dedicated to exploring the dynamic relationship between publishers and libraries, as well contribute blog posts, commentary and reporting from library conferences. “Adding Brian to our strong team of contributors will greatly enhance PW’s voice in the library world,” says PW publisher Cevin Bryerman. “We’re delighted to add another vibrant perspective to our library coverage, and dedicated […]