Monthly Archives: January 2013

12 posts

ALISE Presentation Slides: “Beyond the Walled Garden”

I was honored to present at ALISE 2013 with Kyle Jones. Here’s a link to our presentation: For slides please Contact Michael Session Abstract: Beautiful Connections: Questions in Distance Education Distance Education SIG Convener: Nora Bird, University of North Carolina at Greensboro The session will explore new research by three presenters on the connection opportunities that extend beyond the virtual classroom. Presenters will explore walled gardens, communities of practice, and ego- centric analysis of connectedness. Presenters: Michael Stephens, San Jose State University; Kyle Jones, University of Wisconsin at Madison; Jennifer Branch, Joanne de Groot, and Kandise Salerno, University of Alberta; […]

WISE Workshop at ALISE: Travel Woes & Slides

Sadly, cancelled flights and weather have grounded me until an early morning flight in twelve hours! I am sad to miss presenting tomorrow morning at the WISE Pedagogy Pre-conference Workshop at the Association for Library and Information Science Education Conference in Seattle. I told my colleagues I would share my slides here. I put together a quick slide deck highlighting some of my teaching practices and experiences, exploring some of the themes in my recent publications. Download the slides here: for slides please Contact Michael “Our Common Purpose” “Beyond the Walled Garden”

Follow Your Patrons – A TTW Guest Post by Emily Lloyd

I’ve recently completed a temporary 10-month stint as sole tweeter and community manager for Hennepin County Library (@hclib). About a month in, I wrote a guest post for Tame The Web exploring what I’d learned about tweeting for public libraries at that point ( “Follow Your Patrons” is a follow-up, a slide deck with lots of practical examples as to how libraries can best leverage our Twitter presences to not just describe what we do, but to do what we do. (Note: while the examples draw from my experience tweeting for HCL, this is a personal presentation made on my own time, not as […]

Office Hours: What Scares YOU?

What keeps you up at night? I ask this question at some of my library conference presentations as a way to break the ice and get people sharing. The answers are usually in a similar vein: budgets, ebooks, and losing relevance. We might even call those answers the unholy trinity of librarian insomnia. Relevance seems to be the most troublesome for our profession as we find ourselves yet again doing all those things that begin with “re”: reimagining, reinvigorating, and renewing this, that, and the other. And just as librarians struggle with relevance, I sincerely hope those of us in […]

Library Usability Studies By TTW Contributor Dr. Troy Swanson

If you are involved with managing a library website or social media, usability studies should be vitally important to you. My library has conducted several usability tests over the past decade, which provided input for major website redesigns. I thought it might be useful for those new to usability testing to post my library’s documentation for our most recent usability study, MVCC Library Usability Study Documents. If you follow this link, you will find a PDF that includes: Study Goals Procedure Outline Calendar Testing the Test Test Materials Web sites Reviewed Participant Forms Moderator Script Study Questions   I always approach usability […]

Upcoming Presentations Spring 2013

Spring 2012: January 16, 2013: Technologies & Trends Series: Learning Everywhere. Southeastern NY Library Resources Council program (online). January 22, 2013: WISE Pedagogy Pre-conference Workshop, Association for Library and Information Science Education Conference, Seattle, Washington. January 25, 2013: Distance Education SIG Beautiful Connections: Questions in Distance Education. With Kyle Jones, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Association for Library and Information Science Education Conference, Seattle, Washington. February 1, 2013: OSLA Plenary, Learning Everywhere: The Transformative Power of Hyperlinked Libraries. Ontario Library Association, Toronto, Ontario. March 1, 2013: Indianapolis Public Library Trends & Technologies Retreat April 26, 2013: Traverse Area District Library Staff Development Day, Traverse City, Michigan. May 2, […]

Crisis Informatics: Perspectives of Trust – Is Social Media a Mixed Blessing? by Dr. Chris Hagar

From the new issue of SJSU SLIS Student Research Journal: This paper highlights one of the key concerns in the emerging area of crisis informatics: issues of trusted information in crises/disasters and how the unregulated nature of social media affects information creation and dissemination. Deciding which information providers to trust and what sources of information to trust in crises is critical as acting upon trusted information can shape and influence the nature of the crisis. Social media is a powerful tool for sharing information during crises and can be used to improve emergency management capabilities, however, it has […]