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Michael Stephens

Assistant Professor, San Jose State University SLIS & Columnist "Office Hours" at Library Journal

Traverse City, Michigan
Higher Education
  1. San Jose State University,
  2. Library Journal
  1. Salzburg Global Seminar,
  2. Dominican University GSLIS,
  3. U Game U Learn 2010
  1. University of North Texas
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San Jose State University

San Jose State University

Assistant Professor

– Present

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After working fifteen years in public libraries, Dr. Michael Stephens is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University. His research focuses on use of emerging technologies in libraries and technology learning programs. He currently writes the monthly column “Office Hours” in Library Journal exploring issues,ideas and emerging trends in library and information science education. Stephens has spoken about emerging technologies,innovation,and libraries to audiences in over 26 states and in five countries,including a 2009 speaking/research tour of Australia.. His recent publications include two ALA Library Technology Reports on Web 2.0,two years of the monthly “Transparent Library”column with Michael Casey in Library Journal,and other articles about emerging trends and technology in various professional and scholarly journals. He received an IMLS doctoral fellowship at the University of North Texas,was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker,and received the 2009 Association of Library &Information Science Educators Faculty Innovation Award as well as a 2009 University of North Texas Rising Star Alumni Award. He was the 2009 CAVAL Visiting Scholar,researching the effect of Learning 2.0 programs in Australian libraries. Michael speaks nationally and internationally on libraries,technology,and innovation. He is fascinated by library buildings and virtual spaces that center around users,content,digital creation and encouraging the heart.

Specialties:Emerging technologies, LIS education, particiapatory service


Assistant Professor

San Jose State University
– Present (3 years)

Columnist "Office Hours"

Library Journal
– Present (4 years)


Salzburg Global Seminar
(1 month)

Assistant Professor

Dominican University GSLIS
(5 years)


U Game U Learn 2010
(less than a year)

WAC Chair

American Library Association
(1 year)


American Library Association (TechSource)
(5 years)

CAVAL VIsiting Scholar 2009

(less than a year)


Library Journal
(2 years)


ITI Conferences
(4 years)


Illinois Library Association
(less than a year)

Doctoral Student

University of North Texas
(3 years)

Special Projects Librarian

St. Joseph County Public Library
(1 year 11 months)

Adjunct - IU SLIS

Indiana University
(9 years)

Manager, Networked Resources, Development & Training

St. Joseph County Public Library
(3 years 5 months)


Co-Chair of Internet Librarian International 2012(Link)

Assisted the ILI team in putting together the conference schedule, including looking at proposals, moderated sessions and hosted the closing plenary with Michael Stephens.

Team members:


  1. German


  • Emerging Technologies
  • Library
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Libraries
  • E-learning
  • Staff Development
  • Public Speaking
  • Web 2.0
  • Distance Learning
  • E-Learning
  • Information Literacy
  • Social Media
  • Kindness
  • Blogging
  • Library Science
  • History
  • Public Libraries
  • Library 2.0
  • Digital Libraries
  • University Teaching
  • Academic Libraries
  • Social Networking
  • Library Management
  • Educational Technology
  • Community Outreach
  • Library Research
  • Library Reference
  • College Teaching
  • Student Affairs
  • Virtual Reference
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Honors & Awards

2005 Library Journal Mover & Shaker

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