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Flickr + Libraries = Scary, Scary, Scary to Some Folks

Submitted by Michael Stephens on July 28, 2006 - 12:19pm

"Another benefit of using Flickr at your library and tagging your photos with your library's name and location is that it gets you found in the great pool of all of the photos in Flickr. Maybe someone is searching Flickr for his or her hometown and discovers images of the local library and learns of services or programs he or she didn't know about... Participating in this type of social software community is relatively inexpensive, can offer presence, and it's fun!"—Michael Stephens, "Web 2.0 & Libraries: Best Practices for Social Software," LTR (42:4) Read More »

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Going Where Our Users Are

Submitted by Michael Stephens on June 25, 2006 - 8:16am

Sadly, I didn't make it to ALA, so I am following along via blog posts and Flickr feeds. I hope everyone is having a wonderful conference!
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Wikis in the University Library

Submitted by Michael Stephens on May 22, 2006 - 8:10pm

Chad Boeninger is a Reference & Instruction Librarian at the Alden Library of Ohio University. He works as a bibliographer with faculty in the College of Business and the Department of Economics to develop the library's collections and is also available to help students and faculty members with their research needs in person, via IM, and via a resource he created: The Biz Wiki.

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Introducing Blogs and Wikis at Lakeview High School:

Submitted by Michael Stephens on May 15, 2006 - 2:55pm

Digitally re-shifting your school library is about harnessing the power of new ideas like Web 2.0 to help fulfill the mission of school libraries. It does not necessarily mean discarding the old, but rather reconsidering what works best in meeting new challenges in a changing educational world. It's all a part of helping students become literate users of information in order for them to have successful careers in school and beyond. Remember that for some students, a rich school library experience may be their only library experience. Let's use every opportunity to help our students engage the joy of reading and the power of information.—Chris Harris, "School Library 2.0," School Library Journal
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On the 2.0 Job Description (Part 2): LIS Students in a 2.0 World

Submitted by Michael Stephens on April 25, 2006 - 12:20pm

Michael Stephens head shotI've just finished my semester at Dominican as an adjunct—the version of LIS 753 Internet Fundamentals & Design I teach is taught over three fun-filled and information-packed weekends—and turning the students in the class on to online social tools and the bigger picture of what's happening online was a highlight for me. We ended the class with group presentations, a discussion of the Newsweek cover story on the Social Web, and a look at three 2.0 job descriptions as a wrap up.
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On the 2.0 Job Description: Part 1

Submitted by Michael Stephens on March 21, 2006 - 11:31am

Evaluating Our Institutions and Education
The posting of a job at Wayne State University Libraries back in January was worthy of note to me because it was the first time I'd seen Web 2.0 tools specifically mentioned in a job ad. The 2.0 meme was indeed unfurling into many facets of libraries. A few weeks later, Jenny Levine posted about another job—this time for a school media specialist with definite 2.0 duties.
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A TechSource Conversation with Meredith Farkas

Submitted by Michael Stephens on March 6, 2006 - 6:26pm

HigherEdBlogCon 2006 Less than a month away is HigherEdBlogCon: Transforming Academic Communities with New Tools of the Social Web, a Web-based conference that “will focus on the use of blogs, wikis, RSS, audio and video podcasts, and other digital tools in a range of areas in academe.”
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On Change, Library 2.0, and ALA

Submitted by Michael Stephens on February 28, 2006 - 8:10pm

A few weeks ago, Jenny and I found ourselves at a meeting at ALA Headquarters talking about Web 2.0, learning, and Library 2.0 initiatives with some of the ALA division heads, Mary Ghikas, Senior Associate Executive Director, and the Otter Group's Kathleen Gilroy. As a result of that meeting (and some forward-thinking continuing-education interest and work on the part of Mary Ghikas and the Otter Group), Jenny and I are authoring content for, as well facilitating, an online prototype “Learning 2.0” program that ALA will launch this spring.

Learning 2.0
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Are You Dreaming?

Submitted by Michael Stephens on February 20, 2006 - 4:31pm

Michael Stephens, librarian, educator, blogger, and dreamer"All I ever wanted was to know that you were dreaming..."

Allow me a tangent here today—not to really talk about technology directly, but to talk about innovation, thinking creatively, and looking at our services in a new way. I've been writing a lot and reading a lot to prepare my proposal for research at UNT, to start toward my dissertation.
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Lunch with Leslie

Submitted by Michael Stephens on February 17, 2006 - 10:02pm

Alan Gray, Darien (CT) Library, and Leslie Burger, ALA President-ElectWe were lucky to be heading to San Antonio's highly agreeable climate, though we were going there for different reasons: Michael for the ALISE Conference and Jenny for Midwinter.

Then came a note from Alan Gray, at Darien Library in Darien, Connecticut.
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