Dr Michael Stephens Appointed 2009 CAVAL Visiting Scholar

Posted March 31st 2009 @ 9:14 pm by

Internationally recognised US Web 2.0 commentator, blogger and library academic, Dr Michael Stephens, has been appointed the 2009 CAVAL Visiting Scholar. On behalf of CAVAL and its project partners: CityLibraries Townsville and Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Dr Stephens’ research project will seek to measure the value and effect of Learning 2.0 programs in Australian libraries.

“The intent of this study is to understand the impact on library staff and institutional culture and makeup after a Learning 2.0 program”, Dr Stephens says. “The critical questions for libraries looking forward are to what extent has Learning 2.0 impacted institutional culture and staff confidence, and to what degree has it improved the ability of library staff to use emerging technologies?”

Dr Stephens notes that “More than 500 libraries in 15 countries have implemented Learning 2.0 programs in 2 years but we know very little about their effectiveness.”

Working with a co-researcher from CityLibraries Townsville, Dr Stephens’
research aims to develop a world first model for what he terms “an exemplary Learning 2.0 program for Australian libraries.”

[update: Michael has posted a detailed summary of the proposal]


  1. Peta
    April 1, 2009 at 08:21

    Hands up, who is the co-researcher form CityLibraries townsville?

  2. snail
    April 1, 2009 at 08:46

    I think I found a clue :-)

  3. Warren
    April 2, 2009 at 12:29

    That would be me! :-)
    As mentioned in my blog post, I am very excited and humbled to be working on this project with two great people – Richard Sayers at CAVAL and Michael Stephens. We’ll use a variety of channels including the Libraries Interact blog to keep everyone informed about the project’s progress.

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