it is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.


recent courses

– Books and Media for Children, spring 2014, 2015, summer 2016

This graduate course includes history and criticism of children’s literature; contemporary books and media; trends in book publishing and media production; developmental needs and interests of children; selection and evaluation, and research studies.

– Information Literacy and Learning Resources, spring 2015, 2016

Topics include theories, models, standards, design, planning, instruction, learning guides, learning technology, assessment, and collaboration. Readings, discussions, activities, and assignments emphasize concepts and practices of effective instructional design applicable in a variety of settings.

– Administration of Library Media Centers, fall 2014, spring 2016

Graduate seminar exploring effective management of library media centers. Philosophy and objectives, standards, personnel, facilities, resources, budget, services, library instruction, public relations, program planning and evaluation.

– Community Engagement, fall 2015

Community engagement explores how information professionals in libraries and other settings collaborate with community members and organizations. This course provides an overview of theory and practice emphasizing critical analysis of policies, services and trends.

– Local, Regional, and Global Intersections in Library and Information Science, spring 2012, fall 2013

Graduate seminar emphasizing critical understanding of current topics and trends in LIS including policy, effective practice and challenges. Materials are drawn from a broad range of professional and academic literature.

– Social and Technical Issues in E-learning Research and Practice, fall 2010

Graduate seminar addressing social, technical, administrative and pedagogical aspects of online education emphasizing higher education. Topics include theoretical perspectives and methods of researching e-learning, computer-mediated communication and learning communities.

– Social Aspects of Information Systems, fall 2009

Undergraduate course to explore the way in which information technologies have and are transforming society and how these affect a range of social, political and economic issues from individual to societal levels.


The practicum course offers advanced LIS graduate students an opportunity to engage in supervised field experience in an approved library or information center. Students participate in a wide range of professional activities, gain skills and develop self-awareness. From 2005-13, I served as faculty advisor for 74 students pursuing practica at Illinois. Starting in 2015, I began to oversee practica at UH LIS with 3 students.


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