Welcome from Michael Stephens

By Michael Stephens | Michael Stephens Head ShotGreetings Readers!

I am tickled to be joining Jenny, Karen and Tom on this venture. And kudos to Teresa Koltzenburg at ALA TechSource for "getting it!"

I have been working at the St. Joseph County Public Library in South Bend, Indiana, for more than fourteen years in various positions, mainly teaching, developing, and promoting technology through the system and to our users. I received my MLS from Indiana University in 1995. In 2004, I received a federal IMLS fellowship for study in the Interdisciplinary Information Science Ph.D. program at the University of North Texas. I am currently researching social software, virtual communities, and information behavior. I teach at Dominican University and Indiana University in their library programs. I love working with the students in the programs!

What really rocks my world is getting to talk to librarians about how technology has changed or will change our jobs, our services, and our future. Things are happening so fast out there, and I ache to see librarians get on top and stay on top of new technologies that increase value to library services. I plan to continue that theme here with a focus on:
  • Web 2.0 & Libraries
  • 21st Century library technology training for staff and users
  • Planning for technology in libraries
As some of you know, I also blog at Tame the Web: Libraries and Technology. I'll continue to write there as well as contributing to this blog. This is going to be fun!