I am currently an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, a near west suburb of Chicago. I am also director of the School Library Media Program at Dominican, serving the needs of students seeking the Illinois Library Information Specialist certification or endorsement.
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.
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.
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-two 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.