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.
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.
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.