Happy Holidays from Michael and everyone at TTW!
Love this from my hometown library: Traverse Area District Library (TADL) – Overview – Continue Your Journey… from Traverse Area District Library on Vimeo.
http://ischool.sjsu.edu/people/community-profile/jolene-finn Student Jolene Finn serves as a “participatory learning guide” in the first massive open online course (MOOC) offered by SJSU SLIS. Finn is one of 11 guides who act as liaisons between the 400 MOOC participants and its instructors. The Hyperlinked Library MOOC (#hyperlibMOOC on Twitter), which started on September 3, is taught by Assistant Professor Michael Stephens and Lecturer Kyle Jones. It parallels much of the content in Stephens’ LIBR 287 Hyperlinked Library course, offered to students enrolled in the school’s Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program. Intended for professional development, the MOOC is offered free to the public. MOOC students can […]
The concept of “evaluating” information runs throughout the existing ACRL Information Literacy Standards for Higher Education. They highlight the different ways we teach students about information at different points in the research process. Here are the primary points: Standard one: The information literate student determines the nature and extent of the information needed. Performance indicator 2: The information literate student identifies a variety of types and formats of potential sources for information. Outcome C: Identifies the value and differences of potential resources in a variety of formats (e.g., multimedia, database, web site, data set, audio=visual, book). Outcome D: Identifies the purpose and audience of […]
This article appears in the new issue of Reference & User Services Quarterly, Volume 53, Number 2 / 2013. The editors graciously allowed me to publish it full text here as well. Exemplary Practice for Learning 2.0 Based on a Cumulative Analysis of the Value and Effect of “23 Things” Programs in Libraries This article is based on cumulative analysis of research projects from 2009 and 2012 exploring the impact and effect of the programs on library staff in Australia, sponsored by CAVAL, a consortium of academic libraries, and in the United States. It includes analysis of survey responses from staff participants and […]
Context Book Assignment: The Shallows by Nicholas Carr For my context book assignment I admit that I picked my book solely based on its title. The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr was my first choice as I found the title very thought provoking and I immediately asked myself “What is the internet really doing to my brain? Has it really done anything at all? How do I know if it has? I knew it was the book for me when it got me thinking before evening reading the first page. After reading The Shallows, I was […]
After completing Dr. Stephens SJSU online course in Fall of 2012, I was inspired to develop a personal blog on library innovations and social media in libraries. In many of our course assignments and projects, we explored and played around with Web 2.0 tools, and using templates developed by Professor Stephens, we trained on how to implement these tools in our libraries and personal lives. We learned how to talk about them with others, from our patrons to our administrators. Blogging about my two loves – social media and libraries – would become a worthwhile cause. The Social Media Plan […]
My new column is up at Library Journal and it’s all about the incredible community of LIS folks in new Zealand: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/12/opinion/michael-stephens/notes-from-some-small-islands-office-hours/ Something struck me about this conference, in addition to my interactions with the library folk I met as we traveled down the North Island, stopping in Wellington for a talk I gave at Victoria University and on to the South Island. At a combination #hyperlibMOOC and library folk tweet up held at Pomeroy’s Pub in Christchurch, I finally asked the assembled group, “Why does the LIS community here feel so cohesive and tight-knit? Is it the isolation?” Between the […]