Oct 16th, 2006
Hello! If you are on this page you may want to get a hold of me. Whether you would like to inquire about speaking engagements, consulting, writing or would just like to chat about libraries, you are in the right place! My email address is michael.libraryman*at sign*gmail.com. Please feel free to contact me with any question or inquiries you might have.
Michael is a librarian, presenter, author, practical technology fan, and PEZ collector. He has 20 years of experience working in Libraryland and has presented hundreds of times to library staff around the world. His writings regularly appear in major library journals around the world. In 2009 he was selected as a Library Journal “Mover & Shaker”, in 2010 was elected to the American Library Association’s governing Council and in 2011 was also elected to the ALA Executive Board. He previously worked with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, OCLC, WebJunction, and the Allen County Public Library. Michael currently serves as CEO of Library Renewal, an organization dedicated to research, partnerships and grassroots support for libraries as they struggle to offer electronic content to their users in competitive ways. Read more from Michael at libraryman.com.
Before heading to WebJunction in 2006, Michael worked at OCLC in Ontario, CA, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation US Library Program and the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN. He holds an MLS degree from Indiana University (’99). Michael’s professional focus is on practical technology application, electronic content access, community, library futures, training and planning.
Michael is currently working on a book about successful electronic communities for ALA Editions, co-authors the “Internet Spotlight” column in each issue of Public Libraries Magazine and also teaches the “Technology Planning” course for PLA’s “Certified Public Library Administrator Program”. He is currently working on a large scale non-profit project formed to apply fresh thinking and action to the fact that libraries need a new and truly effective electronic content access and distribution infrastructure. You can read more at: www.libraryman.com and libraryrenewal.org.