char booth ala top tech trends panel 2013
photo courtesy of library journal.

My name is Char Booth. I’m Associate Dean of the Library at CSU San Marcos and an ACRL Immersion Institute faculty member.

You can find more information about me and my more recent goings-on at charbooth.com, including past and upcoming presentations / publications as well as contact information.

Disclaimer: If you make a choice to troll me based on the content of my words or identity, prepare to be engaged in relentlessly non-toxic dialogue in response. I believe implicitly in your humanity, and in the power of reciprocity/restoration.


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  1. Hello,
    I’ve been reading with great interest your USER Method. Now I am looking at your blog for the first time.

    I’m curious…what do you mean by, “librarians who t-c-b”?
    Thank you,

  2. Char,

    I remember finding your Library Student Bill of Rights in Library Journal when I first started an MLS program close to two years ago. I found it spoke to me at the time. I am still enjoying your writing/sentiments/musings…just read Shapeshifting. A big thanks to you.

    1. thanks, caitlin – that’s extremely nice to hear. i surely hope the mls is treating you well.

  3. Char…you mentioned your “boyfriend” John Dewey at the ACRL presentation last week in Philly. I have never read any John Dewey and was wondering if you had a suggestion on where to begin with his readings and work. I found “Experience and Education” in my own library and I am getting ready to go and grab it for a peak through while I eat lunch. Any of his works that you would suggest as influential would be fantastic. I was really inspired by your presentation. Thanks for all your work in the field. I am looking forward to looking over your blog and gathering more ideas and inspiration.

    1. tracy, hi. thanks for the note, and john dewey is as excellent an educational philosopher as he is a boyfriend. i’d recommend starting with democracy and education, which is a fascinating read that totally shifted my thinking on the nature of individual/collective learning, particularly in terms of motivation, experience, and the role of the “formal” educator. experience and education is another fine choice. best thing about him is that you can’t really go wrong, but those two will definitely stand you in fine stead in terms of thinking about your own teaching practice.

      1. I have Democracy and Education sitting right here on my desk. Thanks again for the recommendation. I appreciate all the authors you mention in your latest book. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Char, I just read the dedication in your latest book- what a lovely sentiment! Had lunch with your mom a few weeks ago — she was busting her buttons with pride. Can’t believe I’ve known you since before you were born – congrats on taking our profession by storm. Hope we run into each other in the near future, Your ex-cousin, Pam (at Austin Community College)

    1. pam, wow: what a small world. my momma is such a wonderful lady that she deserves two dedications. i’m very glad to share the profession with you, and would love to catch up next time i’m in austin. in the meantime, enjoy the homeland to its fullest.

  5. Char, I cited you as the inspiration (your book “Informing Innovation”) for my presentation at Nevada State College last year on what to consider when launching new technologies (http://prezi.com/6esnvy_ju4qo/launching-new-library-technologies/), and have poured over your book on reflective instruction. I was fortunate in my studies at SJSU SLIS to take two courses which delved deeply into the ‘art and craft’ of library instruction, and I continue to have great interest in this area of librarianship. I’ve also enjoyed your presentation on curriculum mapping, which we’re just now looking at. Just want to thank you for all you do and add to our profession!

    1. thank you truly for these gracious words, margaret – your presentation is spot on, and i wish you all the best.

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