Alternate CVs

I’ve seen a few people sharing their CV of failures lately. I get why that’s a thing, but I am really good at forgetting or modifying failures in my mind. So, either all I remember is the lesson (if there was a lesson to be learned from that failure) or it was a blessing in […]

Take his a$$ to Red Lobster

Guess what song I have stuck in my head this morning! But it has me thinking. There is a LOT in that song that has to do with race, and you should be reading more qualified authors examine that aspect. But this one line also relates to class. The other day, Emily Drabinski tweeted about […]


In February, I was notified that the university president has approved my application for tenure & promotion! It won’t be effective until July 1, but it’s a big relief to have that official notice! I’ve neglected this blog for a long time now. I was inspired to actually try to write again after reading Radical […]

Welcome to fall semester

This past week was the first week of fall semester classes at my university. This is the first time in a while that I’ve taught only one regular section of our 2 credit hour information literacy course. Last semester I only taught one section, but it was an honors section, so I spent a lot […]

Since the last time I wrote about my class…

We’ve had 5 class meetings since my last post about my class – some more interesting than others. On Wed, Feb 4, the plan was to work on the beginning stage of developing research questions for them to focus on for the rest of the semester. Unfortunately, attendance was pretty low that day – only […]

Explicitly teaching “format as a process”

In my last post, I wrote about using parts of the latest draft of the new Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education as reading assignments in my information literacy course. This past week, my students read the section describing “format as a process”: Format is the way tangible knowledge is disseminated. The essential characteristic […]

The library class

Since mid August, a big chunk of my time and energy has been focused on prepping and teaching the class I teach. While many instruction librarians are focused on getting access to other people’s classes through “one-shot” instruction sessions (the “library day” when a librarian gets to teach students how to find the sources they’ll […]

Library Instruction West 2014

I flew out to Portland, OR in July to attend the Library Instruction West (formerly known as LOEX of the West) conference. I was excited to visit Portland for my first time, but a little apprehensive about my expectations for the conference. I attended LOEX of the West in Burbank in 2012. I was in […]

Gearing up for another week

I made some progress last week on writing. At least I got a draft written up about the Empty Bowls workshops. It’s more of a “what we did” kind of article instead of anything scholarly, but I do those workshops for fun and to connect with an important cause, not as a scholarly activity. In […]