M S is the User Services Librarian for the American University of Paris. Originally from Munich (Germany), he joined the American University of Paris in 2001. He received his MA in Library and Information Science (MLIS) in 2010 from the Information School at the Humbold University in Berlin, Germany. Before coming to AUP, he studied Sociology in Munich and in Paris.
His focus in library studies is led by the leitmotif of connecting users to information. He privileges qualitative research methods such as ethnographic studies à la Nancy Foster putting the user in the center of his understanding.
He sees ongoing training as part of his professional credo. Notably, he participated in the ACRL Immersion Program: in 2010, in the Teacher Track; in 2014, in the Assessment Track; and in 2017, in the Teaching with Technology Track. In 2014, he completed an ALA online course on “Instructional Design”.
In Spring 2017, he organized and participated in the two-day workshop entitled “Co-Design: Integrating Information Literacy into your Disciplinary Course” at the American University of Paris, France.In Fall 2016, M S was selected to be the Featured Librarian by ACRL Instruction Section Teaching Methods Committee.
- Diplom in Soziologie (1999), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich
- D.E.A. en Sociology (2002), École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris
- Master of Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.) (2011), Information School/Humbold University, Berlin
2011-today User Services Librarian, American University of Paris
- Head of Public Services (Billing, ILL, User Services, SGRs)
- Coordination of cooperative programs
- Reference (research help)
- Library instruction services (information literacy) – First Year Experience courses, BA 2040 Marketing in a Global Environment, BA3040 Marketing Research, BA 5025 Business Ethics, CM 5001 Global Communications, EN 0095, 2020 English, P2050 Political Analysis, P4090 Senior Seminar, PY 2020, AH/ES 3061 Urban Studies
- Collection development duties
- Serve as committee representative for library and the library committee
- Library Liaison
- Unit assessment (i.e. ILL, user services statistics, information literacy)
2010 Three-week internship at LaGuardia Community College/New York
- Teaching observations of Information Literacy courses
- Shadow reference services
- Participation in weekly meetings and Information Literacy round tables
2007-2011 Public Services Administrative Supervisor, American University of Paris
- Responsible for student assistant program (hiring and recruitment)
- Guard company liaison
- Staffing service desk and handling access issues
- Supervision of library space and building issues
2003-2007 Library Services Assistant, American University of Paris
- 2017 Serda Formation Communication documentaire, internet et nouvelles technologies at AUP/Paris
- 2017 Co-Design: Integrating Information Literacy into your Disciplinary Course at AUP/Paris
- 2017 ACRL Immersion Program Teaching with Technology Track/Baltimore
- 2014 ALA Online Course on “Instructional Design”
- 2014 ACRL Immersion Program Assessment Track/Nashville
- 2011 AUP Information Literacy Workshop/Paris
- 2010 ACRL Immersion Program Teacher Track/Seattle
- 2009 Numerisation et constitution de bibliotheques numeriques, ENSSIB/Lyon
- Americal College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference 2017
- AMICAL conferences 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
- European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL) 2013, 2015, 2017
- Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries (QQML) 2012
- Foster, Nancy, Amanda Click, Michael Stöpel, Alam Marie-Therese, Daphne Flanagan, and Kathy Ray. “Studying students across borders: An ethnographic study of research behavior.” International Journal of Library Science 5.1 (2012): 1-13. Print
- Stöpel, Michael. “Another perspective on library use. Learning from library non-users.” QQML –International Journal of Library and Information Science 2 (2012): 185-197. Web. 10 May 2013
- Lewis, Christine, Michael Stöpel, Jackie LaPlaca Ricords, and Timothy Cherubini . “Institution-Wide Collaboration: How Learning Communities Can Help.” Charleston Conference 2011, Charleston, SC. Leah H Hinds et al. (Eds.) West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2011. Web. 20 May 2012. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5703/1288284314916
- Stöpel, Michael, Sarah Murray, Jackie LaPlaca Ricords, and Shiva Darbandi. “Lights, Camera, Information Literacy: Collaborating to Create Multimedia Materials for Library Instruction.” Charleston Conference 2012, Charleston, SC. Leah H Hinds et al. (Eds.) West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2012. Web. 30 October 2013. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5703/1288284315113
Conferences & Lectures
- Stöpel, Michael and Tatevik Zargaryan. “Co-Design: integrating information literacy into your disciplinary course.” European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL). Saint-Malo, France. 20 September 2017. Poster Presentation.
- Stöpel, Michael, Elena Berg, Linda Martz, Antonio Lopez and Ivana Stevanovic. “Interdisciplinarity, co-teaching, and information literacy.” AMICAL Conference 2017. American University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece. 18 May 2017. Panel Discussion.
- Stöpel, Michael, Livia Piotto, Christine, Furno, and Tatevik Zargaryan. “Unique benefits & challenges of information literacy at AMICAL’s institutions.” AMICAL Conference 2016. American University of Rome, Rome, Italy. 13 May 2016. Birds-of-a-feather Discussion Leader.
- Stöpel, Michael, Livia Piotto, Christine, Furno, and Tatevik Zargaryan. “For AMICAL with AMICAL: Building a collaborative information literacy online platform.” AMICAL Conference 2016. American University of Rome, Rome, Italy. 12 May 2016. Birds-of-a-feather Discussion Leader.
- Stöpel, Michael, Alanna Ross, Ivana Stevanovic and Eric Benson. “Information literacy and student success: The faculty perspective.” AMICAL Conference 2016. American University of Rome, Rome, Italy. 13 May 2016. Panel Discussion.
- Stöpel, Michael, Livia Piotto, Madeline, Mundt, and Tatevik Zargaryan. “Do all roads lead to Rome? Have we integrated Information Literacy into the curriculum?” European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL). Tallinn, Estonia. 22 October 2015. Poster Presentation.
- Stöpel, Michael. “Assessment: Demonstrating the educational value of the academic library — Feedback from the ACRL Immersion Program” AMICAL Conference 2015. American University in Bulgaria. Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. 29 May 2015. Presentation.
- Stöpel, Michael, and Josiah Drewry. “Following Leads: Using Faculty Focus Groups to Spark Creativity and Enhance Collaboration.” AMICAL Conference 2013. John Cabot University. Rome, Italy. 13 Jun 2013. Presentation.
- Stöpel, Michael. “How to Find Out More about Library Use – A Choice of Research Methods?” American University of Sharjah. Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. 5 April 2012. Presentation.
- Stöpel, Michael, Sarah Murray, and Jackie LaPlaca Ricords. “Lessons Learned & Benefits of Cooperating with Content Providers in Today’s Information Environment.” AMICAL Conference 2012. American University of Sharjah. Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. 7 April 2012. Presentation.
- Stöpel, Michael. “Another perspective on library use. Learning from library non-users.” Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries (QQML). Limerick, Ireland. 23 May 2012. Presentation.
Workshop Leader and Organizer
- Samantha Godbey and Xan Goodman (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) “Co-Design: Integrating Information Literacy into your Disciplinary Course” at the American University of Paris, France. 31st March/1st April 2017.
- Sally Murray, Jorge Sosa, and Michael Stoepel. “CATs — An assessment tool among others.” American University in Bulgaria. Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. 28 May 2015
Webinar Leader and Organizer – AMICAL Virtual Forum
- Michael Stoepel (American University in Paris) “Co-Design Assessment – Faculty and Librarian feedback on the Co-Design workshop”, Online (forthcoming).
- Christine Furno and Krasimir Spasov (American University in Sharjah and American University in Bulgaria) “Staying current in information literacy: Experiences and opportunities”, Online.
- Rrezarta Xhaferi (Head of Media Center, American University in Kosovo) “Explore and Create Compelling eLearning Experience with Adobe Captivate”, Online.
- Kathryn Vanderboll (American University of Cairo) “Thinking beyond the one-shot: Embedding the Framework for Information Literacy across the curriculum” Online.
- Michael Stoepel (American University of Paris) “Information Literacy at our institutions: continuing the conversation.”, Online.
- 2017 AUP Staff Award for Distinguished Service
- 2016 Featured Librarian by ACRL Instruction Section Teaching Methods Committee
- 2014 Credo Literati Librarian of the Month
- Spring 2018 – AMICAL 2018 Conference committee planning
- Since Fall 2017 – AUP Institutional Effectivness – Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) Task Force 2020
- Since Spring 2017 – Learning Commons Planning Design 2018 (User Analysis)
- Spring 2017 – Global Communications Search Committee group
- Spring 2017 – AMICAL 2017 Conference committee planning
- Since Spring 2016 – AMICAL Coordinating Committee (ex officio)
- Since Summer 2015 – Assessment Task Force
- Since Spring 2015 – AMICAL Information Literacy Committee (chair)
- Since Spring 2014 – General Education Committee (ex officio)
- Since Spring 2011 – Library Committee
Research interests and conducted research
- 2015 Faculty focus groups on information literacy with AMICAL faculty and librarians
- 2012 Quantitative study on Science Po Library use
- 2011 Faculty focus groups on faculty research behavior at the American University of Paris
- 2010 Quantitative and qualitative research (mixed method) on library use and learning spaces at the American University of Paris
- 2009 Ethnographic study (with Nancy Foster, today Ithaka S+R) on library space – photo elicitation survey, mapping interviews and observations
- 2006 Quantitative study on library use, inter library loans, and reference services
information literacy, information seeking behavior, library space, library use, library user design studies
- Since 2009 – AMICAL Consortium (American International Liberal Arts Institutions)
- Since 2003 – Paris Gaels Association – president (3years), trainer (4years), social manager (1year), logistics (1year)
- 1993-1996 – FC Thalkirchen – head coach (under 15years)
- Travel, theater, cinema, restaurants, museums/expositions, sports.