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The Digitally Re-Shifted School Library: A Conversation with Christopher Harris

Submitted by Michael Stephens on February 6, 2006 - 9:56pm

Michael Stephens, Librarian, Author, and Tech Teacher In late January, I spoke at the Panhandle Library Access Network's Tech Day on technology, staff, and users in libraries. “Planning, People & Participation" took the attendees through a gamut of social tools and ideas for effective use of technology in all sorts of libraries. In fact, some of the most interesting discussions came from the school-media specialists, who were excited by what they heard and saddened by their situations. Some background: Read More »

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On the L2 Train

Submitted by Michael Stephens on January 17, 2006 - 7:40pm

A lot of folks are winding up 2005 with a look back in various articles or blog posts. Some are looking toward 2006. One post that John Blyberg pointed me to is Dion Hinchcliffe's "Where Are We with Web 2.0?"
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Better Library Services for More People

Submitted by Michael Stephens on January 16, 2006 - 7:10pm
  • UPDATE TO ORIGINAL POST on January 19, 2006

Please note that content, noted in text, has been amended.

“What's going on here? I think Library 2.0 is a library response to the larger social technology changes going on right now. I wouldn't be surprised if there's an Automotive 2.0, a Psychiatrist 2.0, or a Teacher 2.0. Some librarians are noticing the change and are trying to figure out how libraries can capture the good stuff of Web 2.0 and use it to further serve our patrons. They have added a library-centric name to a larger concept that is appearing in our libraries, in our cities, and in the world at large." — from "Confrontational Aspects of Library 2.0 Discussed," by David King (on dave's blog). Read More »

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Crystal Visions of the Audio Visual Department 2015

Submitted by Michael Stephens on January 10, 2006 - 11:41am

A View from the Top: An Administrator Eyes L2

Submitted by Michael Stephens on January 5, 2006 - 11:20pm

Michael Stephens Head Shot Before Christmas, library director and blogger Michael Golrick posted “Library 2.0—Does it disenfranchise those who need us most?" at his blog, Thoughts from a Library Administrator.
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Where Do We Begin? A Library 2.0 Conversation with Michael Casey

Submitted by Michael Stephens on December 15, 2005 - 3:30am

Michael Stephens, Librarian and Social Software GuruThe Library 2.0 (L2) discussion continues across the Biblioblogosphere. Meredith Farkas, in her thoughtful way, recently pondered this at Information Wants to be Free: “I’m still having trouble understanding exactly what library 2.0 looks like and how we reach library 2.0."
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Notes from a Field (Trip)

Submitted by Michael Stephens on December 11, 2005 - 7:53pm

Allen County PL Librarian Ian McKinney Thursday, ten librarians from Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, drove over to South Bend to visit my library, the Saint Joseph County Public Library. We arranged via e-mail to meet with them and talk about some of our technology initiatives, do some demos, and take them around our Main Library (with an eye toward Reference Services).
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Do Libraries Matter: On Library & Librarian 2.0

Submitted by Michael Stephens on November 18, 2005 - 2:14pm

Michael Stephens Head ShotAllow me to direct your attention to this white paper that Ken Chad and Paul Miller just posted at Talis: Do Libraries Matter? The Rise of Library 2.0 (available in PDF format).

It’s from the conference where they demonstrated Whisper that Jenny wrote about here. It's time to continue the conversations (and start them if you haven't already) about improving library services for the future via social software and some forward-thinking about library users.
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Social Software for the Rest of Us (or Librarian 2.0)

Submitted by Michael Stephens on November 14, 2005 - 1:44pm

“Libraries should be seizing every opportunity to challenge these perceptions, and to push their genuinely valuable content, services and expertise out to places where people might stand to benefit from them; places where a user would rarely consider drawing upon a library for support."—Paul Miller, from “Web 2.0: Building the New Library," Ariadne 45 (October 2005) (
Jenny’s previous post noting that libraries should be playing a pivotal role in the development of Web 2.0/Library 2.0 services, leads me to ponder what first steps the uninitiated might take—as well as the personal side of the social software universe.

I touched on it briefly at CPL last week, but there was just so much to talk about that day.
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A Discussion with Will Richardson: Librarians & the Read/Write Web

Submitted by Michael Stephens on October 31, 2005 - 12:56pm

Richardson, Will (Stephens post 10/31/05)I’ve heard Will Richardson (that's him, at your right) speak twice at various conferences, including last week in Monterey; he keynoted the Internet at Schools conference that ran concurrently with Internet Librarian. Jenny did a bang-up job reporting on his talk here.
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