Bio

Academic Background: My educational background includes a B.A. 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 M.L.I.S. at nearby Dominican University in River Forest, IL; I earned this degree with honors in 2009.  During my time at Dominican, I worked closely with Michael Stephens, with whom I continue to do research and co-teach in the area of participatory librarianship.  I began my doctoral work at UW-Madison’s iSchool in 2010, and I expect to finish my dissertation in May of 2015.  My dissertation committee is led by my advisor, Kristin Eschenfelder along with Alan Rubel, Greg Downey, Rich Halverson, and Michael Zimmer.
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.

Since 2010, I have worked at UW-Madison in a variety of roles.  For the iSchool, I’ve provided instructional design and consulting services for distance faculty, supported the technology needs of our distance cohort, and built the program’s custom ePortfolio system, among other projects.  For the University’s Division of Information Technology (DoIT), I worked with its academic technology assessment team, providing direct support and leadership in specific areas for learning analytics projects.

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.

There’s much to see and do in Wisconsin as well, and I do my best to take advantage of its rich culture, especially indulging in its food and drink scene while visiting its scenic large and small towns. I spend some time in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, where I do a little sailing in a very little boat and visit the internationally respected Road America race course. Sometimes I imagine racing around the course at speed, and then I remember how costly it would be to wreck my car.