Teaching Overview

As an educator, I strive to transform the individuals in my courses from students in information science to students of information science. My efforts play upon a subtle but important distinction. Successful students who are in information science read carefully, write analytically, and accomplish tasks necessary to complete their degree. Students of information science do all of the above, but take an important step further: they engage with information science as an academic discipline. I ask my students to delve into the accumulated body of knowledge in information science and its history, explore different models and methods of inquiry, and grapple with the evolving nature of information tools and practices. To further foster this engagement, I employ inquiry activities which demand that students explore the reflexive relationship between theory and practice.

Current Courses

LIBR 535: The Instructional Role of the Librarian

The goal of this course is to provide students with a foundation in learning theory, instructional design, and information literacy. With this foundation, students will be able to design, deliver, and evaluate instructional programs in a wide range of information service contexts, including but not limited to academic, special, school, and public libraries, media centres, and archives. Students will gain valuable skills in organizing learning activities, presenting material effectively, and addressing the needs of a wide range of users.

For more detail, see the course syllabus

LIBR 559B: New Media for Children and Young Adults

This course will survey the emerging media forms and formats which affect the lives of many young people. “New Media” in this course is broadly defined to encompass a wide array of artifacts and technologies which flavor modern childhood, including but not limited to: movies, games, websites, virtual worlds, toys and television programs. The goal is to engage critically with these media forms, examining how children incorporate them (or don’t) in their daily lives, and how adults shape and reshape notions of child culture and play. In the process, we will grapple with diverse conceptions of both media and children, and confront issues that sometimes lie below the surface of media creation and use, such as power and control, privacy, safety, gender bias, cultural stereotypes, authority and violence.

For more detail, see the course syllabus

LIBR 528: Library Services for Young Adults

The goal of this course is to provide students with the knowledge required to plan, implement, and evaluate a program of library and information services for young adults.

For more detail, see the course syllabus

Courses 2011-12

  • LIBR 535 (Winter I & II)
    Instructional Role of the Librarian
    Wednesdays, 8:00-10:50AM
  • LIBR 559B (Winter I Only)
    New Media for Children and Young Adults
    Fridays, 8:00-10:50AM
  • LIBR 528 (Winter II Only)
    Young Adult Library Services
    Fridays, 8:00-10:50AM