As the Instruction Coordinator and Faculty Outreach Librarian for the College of Western Idaho, I work with students, other librarians, faculty, and staff to promote critical information literacy and library use.
I'm also a student in Idaho State University's Ph.D. in English and the Teaching of English program, which emphasizes pedagogy more than most English literature programs. I serve as the Web Editor for In the Library with the Lead Pipe, an open access, open peer reviewed library journal.
Prior to librarianship, I earned an MA in English from the University of California, Riverside and an MA in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester. While a graduate student, then as an adjunct, I taught what librarians call information literacy skills as the instructor for many first-year writing seminar courses and lower-division American Studies and Film/Media courses. I was also a college writing tutor for undergraduate and graduate students. The path of librarianship took me to IU Bloomington's MLS program, where my favorite courses emphasized critical information literacy, humanities subject librarianship, and digital humanities.
Outside of that more clearly academic stuff, I've hosted a college radio show on KUCR & WRUR, been in at least one band, and learned from participation and collective study in various do-it-ourselves communities. If you're looking for communities related to librarianship, you might start by checking out #critlib, The Librarian Parlor, and Hack Library School, each of which I often look to for insights.
If all of this somehow leaves your curiosity unsated, here's my CV.
If you're curious what I'm doing in the shorter term, here's my /Now page.
Why do I #critlib? Because another librarianship is possible.
For Week One of the Critical Pedagogy MOOC MOOC, I write about Paolo Freire’s problem-posing method and its potential links to critical librarianship.
I wrote for Hack Library School about taking notes—the actions, ideas, or project variety, not class notes—using Markdown or the Bullet Journal approach.
I wrote about critical librarianship and the #critlib chats on Twitter for Hack Library School.
Kathleen Fitzpatrick and Nicholas Basbanes recently gave talks touching on practices & situated uses of born-digital and cellulose-fiber materials, respectively. How can this inform digital libraries?
Although aimed at scientists, Software Carpentry’s workshops offer great learning experience for librarians, digital humanities folks, and anyone looking to work on digital files in groups.
The Online Archive of California lies somewhere between a finding aid and a digital library—and is a huge boon to researchers that would be worth emulating elsewhere.