The San Jose School of Library and Information Science is pleased to welcome
Dr. Michael Stephens as a new full-time faculty member.  Stephens is a
recognized scholar and teacher in the areas of emerging technologies and
library services, Learning 2.0 programs, social software, social media,
digital library services, virtual communities, user-centered planning for
libraries, Internet users' information needs and behaviors online, and
future roles of librarians and libraries.


Stephens has been a faculty member with Dominican University's Graduate
School of Library and Information Science since 2005.  Prior to joining
Dominican, he spent more than 15 years working in public libraries in
Indiana, where he developed a passion for the practical application of
technology in libraries.


He is well known for his professional writing, which has appeared in Public
Libraries, Library Journal, American Libraries, Computers in Libraries,
Library Media Connection, OCLC's NextSpace, Serials Review, Internet
Reference Services Quarterly, and ALA's TechSource blog. He serves on the
editorial board of both Reference and Users Services Quarterly and Internet
Reference Services Quarterly.


He published The Library Internet Trainer's Toolkit in 2001. In 2003 he
launched his weblog, Tame the Web ( <>, where he explores libraries, technology and people
- and the fascinating intersection between all three.


For more than two years, he wrote a monthly Library Journal column with
Michael Casey: The Transparent Library, examining how technologies can
enhance libraries and make them participatory and open to change.  He
currently authors a monthly Library Journal column, Office Hours, a
discussion of LIS education.


In addition to his articles about emerging trends and technology, which have
been published in various professional and scholarly journals, Stephens has
made presentations about technology, innovation, and libraries to audiences
in more than 30 states and 7 countries.  His most recent research involves
studying the effect of Learning 2.0 programs in Australian academic
libraries.  It was first presented at the 2010 VALA conference and will be
published in various journal articles.


Stephens received his undergraduate and Master of Library and Information
Science (MLIS) degrees from Indiana University and his doctoral degree from
the University of North Texas.  His appointment with the School will begin
in August 2011.


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at San Jose State University, visit:  <>


Marcia Laughrey

Administrative Services

School of Library and Information Science

San Jose State University

One Washington Square

San Jose, CA  95192-0029

Phone: 408-924-2490

Fax: 408-924-2476