October leaves, Ontario

October leaves, Ontario

I am currently an associate professor in the School of Information Studies at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, a near west suburb of Chicago. I direct the School Library Media Program at Dominican, serving the needs of students seeking the Illinois Library Information Specialist license or endorsement. I also direct the undergraduate informatics major and minor.

holding hands at the culture fair

holding hands at the MHS culture fair

My research interests, broadly construed, focus on living and learning in the network society. Specifically, I want to know how the Internet is affecting youth librarianship and information practice. During the dozen years that I taught English at high schools in Houston and Austin, I witnessed the changes to instruction, communication, and research that accompanied the rise of the Internet and the Web. In response, I earned the MLIS from The University of Texas at Austin in order to teach effective research practices to students and teachers as a teacher-librarian in the Round Rock (Texas) Independent School District.

harvester, Ontario

harvest, Ontario

I returned to UT Austin seven years later by way of an IMLS-funded faculty-recruitment fellowship, Youth, Communities, Libraries, written and administrated by Drs. Barbara Immroth and Bill Lukenbill at UT’s iSchool. I completed my Ph.D. in August 2009 with a study of how the various participants managed interactions when using live chat in conjunction with live webcasting for the iSchool undergraduate course Information in Cyberspace, for which I was an assistant instructor for two years.

happy place, any beach

happy place, any beach

At Dominican I teach courses in academic writing for the PhD program; research methods, Internet fundamentals and design, and introduction to library and information science in the masters program; and introduction to informatics in our undergraduate program.

When I am not at school, I like to spend time with my wife Terry at home or out and about in Chicagoland (or at the beach in Port A.) After twenty-eight years together, Terry and I still look forward to new challenges in new places, and we do so with the support of family and friends, whom we cherish. One good thing about a large network, no matter where you go, there you are, just a button push away.

love is ... nieces in NY

love is… nieces

Elvis crashes wedding

Elvis crashes wedding

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