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Michael Stephens appointed 2009 CAVAL visiting scholar

Posted by bronwynr on March 31, 2009


Melbourne, 30 March 2009 – Internationally recognised US Web 2.0
commentator, writer and library academic, Dr Michael Stephens, has been
appointed the 2009 CAVAL Visiting Scholar.

In a world first for 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.”

“Nearly 10% of these Learning 2.0 programs are Australian, ranging from
large State and University libraries through to public and special
libraries and a small school library in New South Wales.”

First developed by the Public Library of Charlotte Mecklenburg County
under a Creative Commons license in 2006, Learning 2.0 is an online
learning program that encourages library staff to explore and learn
about emerging Web 2.0 technologies.  Web 2.0, also called the
Read/Write Web or Social Computing, enables users of all ages and walks
of life to create, change and publish their own Web content.  Blogs and
social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook are common

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.”

For Dr Stephens’ acclaimed Tame the Web blog, visit

For more information about the original Learning 2.0 program, visit


CAVAL is an Australian not-for-profit company established in 1978 to
support leading libraries in Australia, New Zealand and Asia.  CAVAL is
owned jointly by 11 Australian universities and provides a range of
specialised services to the library sector including storage and digital
preservation, training and consulting.

Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information
Science was founded in 1930 and has grown to become one of the United
States’ largest Masters of Library and Information Science
degree-granting programs.  More than 600 students attend classes in
River Forest and the Greater Chicago area.

CityLibraries Townsville was formed by the merger of the Townsville City
Council and Thuringowa City Council in March 2008.  Three library
branches, mobile services plus a virtual branch serve the whole of
Townsville – from the inner city to Magnetic Island, from the suburbs to
the rural communities.  Each branch offers specialist services and
facilities that provide for a diverse community.


Richard Sayers
Director, Capability Development
+61 7 3491 7021


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