Dr, Michael Stephens


Dr. Michael Stephens is Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University and designs and conducts the online postgraduate course, The Hyperlinked Library, focused on the powerful emerging trends, tools and processes driving change in library and information communities. He was the 2009 CAVAL Visiting Scholar in Australia, consulted for US Embassies in Germany, Switzerland, and Turkey, and presented to both national and international audiences about emerging technologies, innovation, and libraries.

Since 2010, Dr. Stephens has written the monthly column "Office Hours" for Library Journal exploring the issues, ideas, and emerging trends in library and information science education. For more than ten years, his research has focused on the use of emerging technologies in libraries and technology learning programs, and he is inspired by library structures and virtual spaces that support users, participation, creating content, and encouraging the heart. Using key insights from his involvement with global seminars on participatory culture and learning and from the Fall 2014 Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), the Hyperlinked Library, which he developed with SJSU Lecturer Kyle Jones, Dr. Stephens conducts presentations and trainings on large-scale professional development opportunities in collaborative online environments.

From 2005 to 2014, Dr. Stephens has delivered keynotes, papers, and workshops throughout the US and internationally on topics related to creative and open uses of technology to support and drive library services. To review Dr. Stephen's archive of work and ongoing efforts to promote transformational professional engagement, visit his Tame the Web website and blog http://tametheweb.com.


Nancy Fried Foster


Nancy Fried Foster is Senior Anthropologist at Ithaka S+R, where she helps libraries and organizations use ethnographic and participatory methods to understand their users and then design spaces, services, and technologies to meet their needs. For almost ten years, Dr. Foster directed anthropological research at the University of Rochester's River Campus Libraries. Projects there included eXtensible Catalog, IR+, the Camelot Project, and other technologies, as well as the Gleason Library and the Messinger Graduate Studies.

Since 2009, Dr. Foster has worked through the American International Consortium of Academic Libraries (AMICAL) to introduce participatory design and work-practice study to colleges and universities around the world, and from 2007 to 2013 she delivered workshops in the US through the Council on Library and Information Resources. She has consulted to several universities in the US on projects that focus on space design while also taking account of digital technologies, including the reprogramming of McKeldin Library at the University of Maryland and participatory design of the Active Learning Center at Purdue University.

Dr. Foster edited Studying Students: A Second Look, about a recent re-study of undergraduates at the University of Rochester. With Susan Gibbons, she co-edited the 2007 book, Studying Students: The Undergraduate Research Project at the University of Rochester. Dr. Foster holds a PhD from the Joint Program in Applied Anthropology at Teachers College, Columbia University; a Diploma in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford; and BA from Barnard College.


Dr Conor Galvin


Dr Conor GALVIN is Director of Graduate Studies at UCD Dublin College of Human Sciences where he also works on various education, development practice, ICT and research programmes. He regularly speaks at conferences and events in Ireland and Europe about the information society, education policy, the politics of education, new literacies, and technology enhanced learning. In the past few years he has keynoted Media & Learning, IADIS e-Society, LILAC, EUN, British Council, Apple, and Microsoft Innovative School events. His research interests include the politics of professionalism, literacy in an information age, technology enhanced learning, and the impact of new and emerging technology on learning and society.

Dr Galvin is the Coordinator for the Global Classroom strands of the UCD / TCD Masters in Development Practice programme - a unique, co-awarded programme with Trinity College Dublin - which has been developed in conjunction with the MacArthur Foundation and Columbia University, New York. He also contributes to peace support education programmes at the UN School Ireland (UNTSI) where he leads on field exercises for both humanitarian and military personnel preparing for PSO deployment.

Dr Galvin holds The President's Award for Teaching Excellence at UCD Dublin. Before joining UCD Dublin he worked at University of Wales Swansea and University of Cambridge, England.