As an Instructional Designer at Idaho State University, I work to help faculty design engaging, clear, and accessible online courses that improve outcomes for every learner. I'm enthusiastic about open educational resources (OERs) and open pedagogical approaches.
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.
In my previous role as the Instruction Coordinator and Faculty Outreach Librarian for the College of Western Idaho, I worked with students, other librarians, faculty, and staff to promote critical information literacy and library use.
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 a band or two, 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.
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 reflect on how arts & humanities undergraduates are taught critical theory & method, and how that might fall short preparing us for evaluating knowledge practices.
For Week Three of #rhizo15, I trace a few thoughts on content vs discontents or reification and the observable outcomes of human actions.
Week Two of #rhizo15—How we might count the affective aspects of learning? Also, what potential does Git give us for making open humanities notebooks?
I wrote for Hack Library School about using quirky results or affordances to make your instruction sessions more engaging.
For Week One of #rhizo15, I write about my predilection for research processes over writing outcomes & whether library “neutrality” thwarts supportive demeanor.