Multiple presentations for the Association of Florida Colleges, American Physical Therapy Association, Indian River State College, College Center for Library Automation and other organizations. More details coming soon!

Authors’ Rights and Wrongs: The Shift in Academic Publishing” for the IRSC Library Coffee Hour Lecture Series.

“What’s a GoogleWhack? Preserving Your Sanity with Smarter Searching and Google Apps” for the International Association of Administrative Professionals Treasure Coast Chapter.

“Research Showcase: Carnegie Mellon’s New Institutional Repository” for Authors’ Rights & Wrongs Lecture Series, Carnegie Mellon University. Video here.

“Research Showcase for Alumni” at Carnegie Mellon University’s homecoming celebration.

The Library Arcade.” (.ppt) at LOEX of the West 2008, UNLV, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Development of a K-12 Information Literacy Scope and Sequence.” at the Pennsylvania School Librarians’ Association annual conference.

Gaming in Special Libraries” at the March Pittsburgh Chapter of the Special Libraries Association meeting.

The Library Arcade” at the WPWVC/ACRL fall meeting

Organized a well-attended Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education “Swaptalk” on information literacy assessment.

Organized “Information Literacy: Collaboration is the Key” workshop for school, public, and academic librarians. Here’s the flyer, and agenda.

“Start Blogging for a Reason” at the WPWVC/ACRL summer conference

Beyond Student Assessment: Issues to Consider in the Assessment of Information Literacy.” for the Carnegie Mellon University liaison librarians. Co-presented with Mike Bridges of the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence

“Second Life and Libraries” for the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences. The audience was a Resources and Services for Young Adults graduate class.

Findings of the Sister Libraries Pilot Project at the Pennsylvania School Librarians’ Association annual conference

“The Long-Haired Librarian Teaches You how to Blog” @ Hillsborough Community College’s Full-Time Faculty In-Service on January 5th, 2006.

“The Long-Haired Librarian Teaches You how to Blog” @ Hillsborough Community College’s All College Day .

Selected Publications:

Scholarly Communication in Peer-Reviewed Journals: Toward a Metahistory of their Design and their Rise from Early Knowledge Dissemination and Management Models.” (2011). Unpublished chapter-length manuscript.

“Your Library Instruction is in Another Castle: Developing Information Literacy Based Video Games at Carnegie Mellon University.”  (2008). Gaming in Academic Libraries: Collections, Marketing, and Information Literacy. Chicago: Association Of College & Research Libraries.

Information Literacy for Life-Long Learning: A K-12 Scope and Sequence for Libraries.” for the Pittsburgh Public School District. (2007).

“The Sister Libraries Partnership Program: a Carnegie Mellon University Libraries Pilot Project.” Learning and Media (2008): Winter. (forthcoming)

Examples of Work:

Work for the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence

  • Mashup – ACRL information literacy performance indicators mapped to Bloom’s taxonomy using the knowledge and cognitive process dimensions. I am grateful for guidance from Michele DiPietro.
  • Solve a Teaching Problem – “Students Don’t Know How to do Research
  • Graduate Student Seminar – “Promoting Critical Thinking through Information Literacy” (.ppt)
    Description: “Not only are good library research skills invaluable for the successful academic development of students, but effective use of library resources often improves the overall quality of student’s coursework. In this seminar, we will consider principles and strategies for designing assignments that foster critical thinking by incorporating information literacy learning objectives.”

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute– I co-teach a half-semester class each spring called, “New Ways of Doing Research on the Internet”

K-12 Curriculum Design
In 2007 I served as a design consultant to the Pittsburgh Public School District curriculum design team. My role was as a resource for information literacy and college/university IL curriculum and pedagogy.

Computing at Carnegie Mellon (C@CM)
This is the only required undergraduate course at CM. I did a complete redesign of the Libraries’ portion that was approved as part of the new curriculum in fall, 2007. The content revamp was closely tied to my work with undergraduates.

Libraries Student Advisory Board
In the spring of 2007, at the request of the Dean of University Libraries, I created an advisory board made up of a representative sample of undergraduate and graduate students from across the university. We meet once per semester to discuss how the Libraries can better serve students’ needs. The input generated from this group has been influential in making decisions about library hours, remodeling projects, project timelines, and library policies.

Managed administration of SAILS in 2006. Testing various small, in-class and one-shot-deal assessment methods with departmental liaison librarians.

Campus Conversations
I look at these events as experiments in Deliberative Democracy at a university. Take a look at my post about what we’re doing and at the Campus Conversations page. My roles are as web survey administrator, small group discussion moderator, and registration organizer.

Grant Writing
In 2006 I collaborated with a University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences faculty member, and the Pittsburgh Public Schools Curriculum Supervisor of Library and Information Sciences in writing an IMLS grant proposal to create the “Pittsburgh Past & Present Portal”.


2009, Monroeville Public Library

Strategic Planning Committee

2006-2008, Carnegie Mellon University

Scholarly Communication Committee

Library Instruction Committee
Pioneering the creation of short instructional tutorials with Camtasia flash movie software. Advocate for “Information Literacy in the Disciplines” initiative.

Information Literacy Game Group
Provided content and guidance to a team of graduate students in the creation of the Library Arcade information literacy video games. Currently finishing the first two mini games and writing a chapter for ACRL monograph, “Casebook on Gaming in Academic Libraries

Chat Reference Task Force
Planned and implemented use of Meebo instant messaging reference service. Coordinated migration of librarian-end to Pidgin to enable statistics, record keeping and centralized logging.

Employee Development Committee, Chair 2007-2008
Guide the committee in the coordination of staff continuing education and training programs.

Public Services Council
This committee discusses issues pertaining to public services (reference, circulation, ILL, etc.).

Sirsi EPS/Rooms Training Group/Marketing Group
Train internal and external users to use Sirsi’s EPS/Rooms software. As we migrate to a content management system for the library’s web presence, I must have a hand in the design of the site in order to effectively train patrons and staff.

Created advertising graphics for posters, web, and other promotional materials.

2005-2006, Hillsborough Community College

Librarian Cluster
An HCC-specific group consisting of the seven full-time librarians from the four campuses. These seven librarians, along with some wonderful administrative staff and support from our District Library Services Dept. make many of the important policy decisions regarding the HCC libraries.

Databases Sub-Committee
Tasks included deciding which databases’s to maintain subscriptions to, authentication and such. Discussion of ebook collection development, etc.

Faculty Instructional Technology Committee
Committee Mission:
Provided input, advice and direction to the V. P. for Information Technology and to the Director of Academic Technology. Established faculty priorities for instructional technology. Reflected the real impact on faculty, students and teaching as technology decisions are made.

New Hire Orientation Committee
This committee was charged with revamping the process of orienting new employees at the college in conjunction with the H.R. Department.

Remodeling Committee
A localized Plant City Campus committee created to work with the contractors and architects who are redesigning three of our most highly used classroom buildings. I championed the incorporation of instructional technology in these new classrooms.

We also worked with a team of architects guiding the creation of the campus 10 year master plan.

Professional Organizations:

American Library Association

Association of College and Research Libraries

Member of Program Planning Committee

Florida Library Association

Suncoast Information Specialists (Past Vice President)

Community Service:

Locks of Love
A work in progress.

Deliberative Democracy
District 3 Initiative volunteer, 2007.

United Way
Campaign chair at Hillsborough Community College, 2005.

Habitat for Humanity
Lakeland, Florida 2004.

American Heart Association
I participated in Heart Walk Tampa Bay with some of my fellow faculty members. Way to go Plant City Pacers!!!


I have a 1970 Chevrolet Camaro that’s always in a state of disheveled disrepair. Between the musclecar, my half-running Jeep, and a “new to me” sixty year old house, I’m fairly adept at fixing mechanical components on vehicles and homes.

I also enjoy running with my dog, mountain biking and trail maintenance at William D. Boyce Park, and backpacking/camping.

Playing an instrument is not like riding a bike. I used to be a proficient guitar player, I am now barely mediocre.



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