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Michael Stephens, Ph.D., is currently Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. After receiving an MLIS from Indiana University, he spent over fifteen years working in public libraries, where he developed a passion for the practical application of technology. He published The Library Internet Trainer’s Toolkit in 2001, and two years later, he launched his popular weblog, Tame the Web. Since then, Michael’s writing has appeared in Public Libraries, Library Journal, Computers in Libraries, and a host of other publications. In 2004, Michael was awarded an IMLS doctoral fellowship […]

Technology Made Simple

Technology Made Simple Originally uploaded by mstephens7. I just received my copy and have only started the first chapter but KUDOOS to Bolan and Cullin for a useful, straightforward technology guide that includes bits about 21st Century library statistics and the value of training. Aimed at medium and small libraries, the book and companion Web site at (get ready for a long ALA URL folks) are most useful, especially at combining classic IT stuff with a dash of 2.0 goodness. Disclaimer: I provided the authors with documents and information about IT at SJCPL during their writing process and met […]

Announce: Web 2.0 for Libraries: Best Practices for Social Software

Best Blog Practices and More for Libraries Chicago, IL, July, 26 2006 – ” /> What can social software do for your library? Find out in the latest issue of Library Technology Reports, "Web 2.0 & Libraries: Best Practices for Social Software," by librarian, author, and technology trainer Michael Stephens. A comprehensive, pass-around resource you and your fellow library staff members can consult to plan your library's social-software initiatives, Stephens's report details numerous successful library implementations of some of today's most used social-software tools, including: Weblogs (blogs) Podcasts RSS feeds Instant Messaging (IM) Wikis Flickr In the issue, Stephens illustrates […]

Library Director: Are you ready to go there?

Deep in my research proposal this morning at the Mishawaka Panera Bread, Blyberg’s statement resonates with me while writing about the social purpose of Library Weblogs: Early in the website design process, we made the decision that blogs would constitute the nucleus of our dynamic website content. In addition, we wanted to enable commenting on those blogs. We really had no idea what kind of response we would get–of what form that response would take. Just a brief look at our Director’s Blog will illuminate the fact that the blogs promote a constant two-way dialogue between our director, Josie Parker, […]

TAGGED: The Meme of Four

Thanks to Karen and John! Both tagged me so I’d better get on the ball. What a nice little post to write here in residence at the Hilton Garden Inn, Oak Brook Terrace, IL after 3 days of library-rich goodness. 4 Jobs I’ve had in my life: IU Student Union Information Desk Clerk Kinko’s Copy Clerk (for all of 7.5 hours, thank you) Busboy Music Store Sales Clerk 4 Movies I can watch over and over: Logan’s Run The Poseidon Adventure Titanic Twin Peaks 4 TV Shows I love to watch: LOST (on my iPod only!) Project Runway 24 The […]

10 Things I’ve Learned as a Blogging Librarian

Today is the two year anniversary of Tame the Web. Inspired to start blogging by Steven Cohen in March 2003, TTW went live via the iBlog software on April 1, 2003 from the Panera Bread in Mishawaka, Indiana via my laptop. Here’s that first incarnation. And here are ten things I’ve learned in 2 years of being a Blogging Librarian: Ethics and Guidelines Count Ask Karen, she gets it more than any LIS Blogger I know. Not only are we writing and thinking about libraries but we are promoting ourselves, our jobs and the profession. Next time I bump into […]

TTW on Podcasting

I’ve been looking for podcast bits out in the blogosphere as i shape these thoughts. I came across these in my travels: At Blisspix: “As I?ve commented to a couple of people and lists now, broadcasting/podcasting is fun, but it can be lonely and time-consuming to produce content. I found it quicker to produce live-to air in the studio, because I wasn?t going back and fixing mistakes, and all the equipment was set up (so I could play grabs, a record, a CD, a minidisc and conduct a phone interview all at the same time if I really wanted). […]

Public Presentations by Michael Stephens

Public Presentations: Mishawaka Public Library 1998-1999 Northeast Indiana Libraries Training Sessions Summer 1998 Michiana Tax Accountants December 1998 Michiana Consultants Group 1998 Investigating INSPIRE Northeast Indiana Libraries November 1999 Michiana Tax Accountants December 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 Nappanee Public Library – HTML Classes, Digital Cameras, Auctions Bremen Public Library Technology Classes Plymouth Public Library Technology Classes

South Bend Tribune covers Local WiFi

On Saturday, we had a FRONT PAGE article on WiFi! Link good for only seven days or by paying! Offering ‘Wi-Fi’ Wireless Internet can be accessed for free at local libraries and businesses By MARGARET FOSMOE Tribune Staff Writer ON SCREEN: Stephen Taig, of Elkhart, works on his laptop computer last week at Panera Bread in Mishawaka. The restaurant offers free high-speed wireless Internet access to customers and loans out wireless cards. SOUTH BEND — Free high-speed wireless Internet access is spreading among area public libraries and businesses. Known as Wi-Fi — short for Wireless Fidelity — it provides computer […]