Why do I #critlib? Because another librarianship is possible.
As the Instruction Coordinator and Faculty Outreach Librarian for the College of Western Idaho, I work with students, other librarians, faculty, and staff to promote critical information literacy and library use.
I'm also a student in Idaho State University's Ph.D. in English and the Teaching of English program, which emphasizes pedagogy more than most English literature programs. I serve as the Web Editor for In the Library with the Lead Pipe, an open access, open peer reviewed library journal.
Prior to librarianship, I earned an MA in English from the University of California, Riverside and an MA in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester. While a graduate student, then as an adjunct, I taught what librarians call information literacy skills as the instructor for many first-year writing seminar courses and lower-division American Studies and Film/Media courses. I was also a college writing tutor for undergraduate and graduate students. The path of librarianship took me to IU Bloomington's MLS program, where my favorite courses emphasized critical information literacy, humanities subject librarianship, and digital humanities.
Outside of that more clearly academic stuff, I've hosted a college radio show on KUCR & WRUR, been in at least one band, and learned from participation and collective study in various do-it-ourselves communities. If you're looking for communities related to librarianship, you might start by checking out #critlib, The Librarian Parlor, and Hack Library School, each of which I often look to for insights.
If all of this somehow leaves your curiosity unsated, here's my CV.
For Week One of the Critical Pedagogy MOOC MOOC, I write about Paolo Freire’s problem-posing method and its potential links to critical librarianship.
Design thinking in Idaho libraries, button templates from Librarian Design Share and Char Booth, and a few minor site font updates.
Links to some great articles I’ve read this last week, plus mentions of a few changes here on my site.
Another student-led conference that I wish I could have attended, plus more readings related to critical librarianship than you could shake a hashtag at.