This is a transcript of a Distinguished Seminar Series talk I gave at OCLC in Dublin, Ohio in November of 2017. It’s edited somewhat for clarity and I've removed verbal fillers, eliminated a few random asides, and restored compressed content. This took me the better part of a year to finish, and while I'm trying... Continue Reading →
In 2009 I started work on a book I published in 2011, Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning: Instructional Literacy for Library Educators. It was a labor of love/hate to create, the book I wish I'd had when I started teaching way more frequently than I ever imagined I would. It utterly consumed my life for two... Continue Reading →
allyship, community, and tools for change: social justice summit keynote (part 3 of 3).
This is last part of a keynote I gave in October at CSU San Marcos's student Social Justice Summit. It's long so I've split it into three installments - best to start with parts 1 and 2 if you haven't yet. allyship, community, and tools for change: social justice summit keynote transcript (part 3 of 3). See the full... Continue Reading →
allyship, community, and tools for change: social justice summit keynote (part 2 of 3).
This is the second part of a keynote I gave at Cal State San Marcos's student Social Justice Summit. It's long, so I've split it into three installments - start with part 1 or you'll be 100% lost. You can see the full slide deck here, and this transcript begins at slide 23. allyship, community, and tools for... Continue Reading →
allyship, community, and tools for change: social justice summit keynote (part 1 of 3).
It's been a minute (as in several years) since my last post, and it feels both familiar and fraught to knock the dust off this platform. The lack of entries coincided with a professional shift in which I moved from a department head job to a associate dean job. Two-plus years into this excellent transition... Continue Reading →
on information privilege.
The concept of information privilege situates information literacy in a sociocultural context of justice and access. Information as the media and messages that underlie individual and collective awareness and knowledge building; privilege as the advantages, opportunities, rights, and affordances granted by status and positionality via class, race, gender, culture, sexuality, occupation, institutional affiliation, and political... Continue Reading →
grappling with glass: (mis)adventures in wearable technology.
First confession: my library bought Google Glass about six months ago. Second confession: I have, shall we say, a conflicted relationship with Glass. Third confession: although my intrepid colleague and collaborator Dani Brecher and I just published a piece on the program we've developed at Claremont, I have strenuously avoided writing about it in this more personal venue. Fourth... Continue Reading →
no more, no less.
I try not to write simply in order to make excuses for the fact that I haven't written in a while, but in this case I have a very good reason for doing so. Like virtually everyone else in the universe I've been super busy of late, and only a habit of compulsive list-making is... Continue Reading →
I recently attended a workshop at which one of two facilitators introduced themselves as anti-facilitation. “Because intelligent people don’t like being facilitated,” was their exact reasoning. At that moment I had the odd sensation of feeling compelled to distrust a belief I knew very well why I held, largely because I was sitting and listening... Continue Reading →
yet another post on public speaking.
Virtually any conversation about speaking in public will include a nod to the axiom that people fear it more than death (case in point). While recent research has shown this claim to be only partially accurate, for most the abject unpleasantness of participating in live communication forums is a foregone conclusion. I am in the... Continue Reading →