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Posts by Michael Stephens

The Blog People are Alive & Well!

Submitted by Michael Stephens on June 4, 2007 - 10:53pm

Data analysis of bloggersGreetings from my blogging hiatus while I finish my dissertation. Amidst statistics and coding data, I have librarian bloggers on the brain. So much so, I just wanted to post a quick shout-out to the ever-growing populace of the Biblioblogosphere and those who find inspiration there.
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Does Print Still Matter? Brian Kenney on the Future of Content in a 2.0 World

Submitted by Michael Stephens on April 30, 2007 - 8:48pm

On Thursday, April 19th the Dominican GSLIS community came together for our annual Lazerow Lecture. I was especially excited because our speaker this year was my colleague Brian Kenney, editor of School Library Journal and a member of the 2nd University of North Texas Information Science IMLS-funded PhD cohort.
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The Pragmatic Biblioblogger

Submitted by Michael Stephens on March 31, 2007 - 8:44pm

I have blogs and bloggers on the brain. I'm constantly pondering the tools, the folks that write content for them, and where we might go next. The fact that the biblioblogger is the topic of my dissertation at the University of North Texas is probably the number one reason, and that's okay by me. Many folks said "write about and study something you love...it will be easier."

So into my blogger's POV in the last few days come some wonderful, fascinating and disturbing bits. For example:
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Thoughtful Advocates: An ALA TechSource Interview with ILA's Robert Doyle

Submitted by Michael Stephens on February 28, 2007 - 8:38pm

"If people were better informed about social networking sites and knew and used basic Internet safety tips, the cloud of fear may decline."—Robert Doyle, Executive Director of the Illinois Library Association
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The Academic Library 2.0 Model: An ALA TS Blog Interview with Michael C. Habib

Submitted by Michael Stephens on January 30, 2007 - 7:03am

I enjoy following LIS student blogs and have found inspiration in many of their posts. I was a reader of LISDom back when Laura Crossett was a student on campus at Dominican. These days, I am eager to read new posts from Nicole Engard at "What I Learned Today," and Dominican GSLIS students like Brian Want, or any number of the folks that have taken LIS753 with me over the past few semesters.
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Desperately Seeking the Adaptive Librarian: On the 2.0 Job Description (Part 3)

Submitted by Michael Stephens on December 29, 2006 - 8:19pm

One theme I've been happy to write about and use as a talking point in my classes this past year is that of the newer types of jobs and job descriptions we've seen posted in Libraryland. In fact, more than a few bibliobloggers linked to and discussed various job descriptions that included a 2.0 slant. I wrote about those jobs here and then again here, with an eye toward LIS education.
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The Hyperlinked Organization: Radical Transparency, Crummy Meetings & Micromanagement

Submitted by Michael Stephens on November 30, 2006 - 10:00pm

The Cluetrain Manifesto “Org charts are pyramids. The ancient pharaohs built their pyramids out of the fear of human mortality. Today's business pharaohs build their pyramidal organizations out of fear of human fallibility; they're afraid of being exposed as frightened little boys, fallible and uncertain. To be human is to be imperfect. We die. We make mistakes.”
David Weinberger, The Cluetrain Manifesto, Chapter 5: "The Hyperlinked Organization"
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My Avatar Wears Tight Jeans and 4 Other Things I Learned from Internet Librarian 2006

Submitted by Michael Stephens on October 31, 2006 - 11:36pm

It has been a whirlwind two weeks. In the space of 14 days, I spoke at 4 library meetings, flew on 12 planes, traveled to Stonehenge, met some incredible information professionals from all over the world, caught a nasty cold, sat on the runway for 8 hours in Nebraska while George W. flew in and out of O'Hare and, yes, learned some wonderful things.
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The Culture of Trust: One Year in the Life of Library 2.0

Submitted by Michael Stephens on September 29, 2006 - 6:55pm

What a difference a year makes!

I'm back at Dominican after three days on the road, during which I attended the Kentucky Library Association Conference in Louisville. The highlights of my trip include: meals shared, conversations, meeting and greeting, hearing Peter Morville talk about "ambient findability," and my presentation on Library 2.0 for a room full of folks. I was very aware that this week marks about a year from the time when Michael Casey began blogging his thought processes at Library Crunch on the L2 philosophy.
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Steal this Idea: Learning 2.0 at PLCMC

Submitted by Michael Stephens on August 15, 2006 - 9:39am

A librarian colleague e-mailed me yesterday and asked about the libraries I'd visited this summer: "Which ones really had some cool things happen? Which ones were innovating?" Truth be told, there were many to choose from, like: Read More »