Academic Background: My educational background includes a BA with honors in English literature and composition with teaching certification in secondary education from Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, IL. After earning those credentials in 2007, I began my MLIS at nearby Dominican University in River Forest, IL; I earned this degree with honors in 2009. I began my doctoral work at UW-Madison’s School of Library and Information Studies in 2010, and I finished my dissertation in December of 2015. I’m now an assistant professor in Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis’s (IUPUI) Department of Library and Information Science.
Professional Experience: I’ve had the good fortune and pleasure of working at two progressive, award-winning institutions in my career: the Elmhurst College A.C. Buehler Library and the Darien Library; the former won ACRL’s “Excellence in Academic Libraries Award” in 2010, while the latter continues year after year to top Library Journal‘s “Star Libraries” ranking and continues to build on its reputation as an innovator in public librarianship. At both institutions, I taught digital literacy and emerging technology courses, created new and innovative digital information services, and participated in reference and instruction programs.
Personal Information: I enjoy spending time away from ever-encroaching screens with family in beautiful places, especially locales that recommend swimsuits and sandals as the daily attire. Throughout my life, I’ve had the opportunity to spend my vacations in the sand and on the water, visiting great spots like the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Jamaica, and the Cayman Islands. I have it in my mind that I’ll visit every Caribbean island someday. I also enjoy spending time in Wisconsin as well, and I do my best to take advantage of its rich culture while visiting its scenic large and small towns. I spend some time in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.