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Posts by Michael Stephens

Endless Possibilities: An ALA TechSource Conversation with Cliff Landis

Submitted by Michael Stephens on May 29, 2008 - 2:39pm

Ah! Summer break. It’s nice to have some time to breathe and energize. My eyes fall on the stack of fiction and just-for-fun reading that awaits me these next few weeks. I must confess, however, that my thoughts also return to teaching and prep for next semester. I’ve already started work on integrating Drupal into my courses, working with my graduate assistant Kyle Jones, a TTW Contributor and blogger in his own right. Read More »

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Student-Centered Digital Learning at Loyola's Information Commons

Submitted by Michael Stephens on April 19, 2008 - 9:19am

Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting and speaking at the new Loyola University Information Commons on the campus of Loyola University just north of Chicago. It was a blustery, rainy cold day along the lake, but the space and the library folk were warm and inviting. Before the visit, I checked out the Web sitLast week, I had the pleasure of visiting and speaking at the new Loyola University Information Commons on the campus of Loyola University just north of Chicago. It was a blustery, rainy cold day along the lake, but the space and the library folk were warm and inviting. Before the visit, I checked out the Web site for the Commons, eager to read about the project. Read More »


"Get over it" - and Experiment: Notes from a 2.0 Presentation at PLA

Submitted by Michael Stephens on March 31, 2008 - 2:50pm

I was very lucky to share a podium with Jen Maney, Pima County Public Library, and John Blyberg, Darien Library, on Friday morning at the 2008 Public library Association conference in Minneapolis, MN. I wrote two pages of hurriedly scribbled notes while Jen spoke and I really wanted to share them here. They tap into some of the themes I've written about at TechSource since we began in 2005. Read More »


An Open Letter to the South Bend Tribune

Submitted by Michael Stephens on January 10, 2008 - 3:59pm

This sort of snuck up on me, but I'm breaking up with my hometown newspaper. I think this break from my print subscription is rather important, illustrating how the world of news and information is changing.  Read on for the details.

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Dear South Bend Tribune:

I received your letter today asking for more information as to why I canceled my subscription last week.  Your letter included a brief questionnaire asking why I stopped the paper and how the customer service was when I called to cancel.  Yes, I called to cancel, because I couldn't find a way to do so online.  You might want to make that an option.
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Internet Years & Dog Years: Remembering Jake

Submitted by Michael Stephens on December 27, 2007 - 4:41pm

Digital photo of JakeMy dog Jake, the Internet, and I grew up together.

I've been doing some year-end reflecting. It's that time, as resolutions are made and the fresh, shiny New Year beckons with promise. If you follow my "lifestream" -- Flickr photos, the TTW blog, Facebook, etc. -- you know this year had some ups and some downs. Losing Jake to old age was rough -- and losing my other Labrador Charlie one month later still hurts.
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This Time It's Personal

Submitted by Michael Stephens on November 25, 2007 - 4:41am

Be The Change You Want to Be, and Other Best Practices for Social Software in Libraries

Submitted by Michael Stephens on October 18, 2007 - 2:35pm

In just 12 months, from the time ALA Techsource published Web 2.0 & Libraries: Best Practices for Social Software, the influx of 2.0 type tools, books, articles about the tools, and conference presentations has been overwhelming. So much excellent content to take in!
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Xanadu & Libraries. Seriously.

Submitted by Michael Stephens on September 28, 2007 - 3:23pm

I had the honor of giving my "Hyperlinked Library" talk at the prestigious New York Public Library last week. The question-and-answer session following was wonderful: questions about levels of service with technology, reaching out to the under-served who may not have access to newer types of tech and what working in a 2.0 world means to a large library system. I've heard that staff are given internal blogs to communicate, and there are some other wonderful digital projects on tap with the new Director of Digital Strategy and Scholarship, Josh Greenberg.
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Nothing Could Be Finer

Submitted by Michael Stephens on July 28, 2007 - 1:24am

I keep my eye on many innovative libraries. These libraries are at the outer edge of our market, leading the way with new takes on service and outreach. They inspire me. They also help me do my job. I love to see what Hennepin is doing, and what Darien will do as they build their new library, as well as many other libraries across the country and around the world. And I'm also keeping a close eye on the state of South Carolina. If there ever was a state filled with library goodness, it would be there.

Here are just a few reasons why:
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Can U TXT the LBRY?

Submitted by Michael Stephens on June 29, 2007 - 12:12pm

In mid June the Mississippi State University Libraries hosted the Mississippi Library 2.0 Summit. Organized by the outstanding librarians of the MSU libraries, the day revolved around explorations of user-centered technologies. I was present to open the day with a talk about the Hyperlinked Library. Read More »