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About Me

Hi. I'm a librarian, musician, writer of sorts, etc. I started out in Northern Ohio, grew up in central Florida, spent one year in Florence, Italy, and now I'm reporting from Atlanta, GA.

Some of my work interests are librarian professional development (especially learning technology and coding), progressive librarianship, and critical librarianship (#critlib).

In 2015 I developed my first library research project at the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship. It has a bit to do with students' information seeking behaviors in terms of communications (texting, social media), and the research is nearly done (I promise...).

During the 2017-2018 academic year I'll be collaborating on an ALA Diversity Grant-funded projected on LGBTQ+ students' information seeking and sharing bevahiors.

Outside of work, some of my interests are...

There's some more stuff about me below. Thanks for stopping by and feel free to contact me with any comments or questions.

Music

Solo

I've been playing guitar and writing songs for a while now, but I'm still working on a first full album of material. It's nearly done (I promise...). For now, here's a compilation of some busted old home demos I put together over the years:

Bands

THE YOUNG AND THE ELDER is where I currently shred guitar. Our first album, American Dream, came out in January 2017! We also have some stuff up on Soundcloud. Back in June 2015, Scott and I did an interview with ArtistFirst radio.

THE HUMAN ASCENSION was a raucous hip-hop rock band in Tallahassee, FL. It's the reason my pedalboard grew from 3 to 12 boxes.

THESE GNARLY BEASTS is an online collaborative band I put together in 2010. Our third album (a double-LP) dropped on Giving Tuesday, 29 November 2016, and we set it up so any money from purchases of this band's albums will all go to the ACLU as donations.

Writing

I see writing as an act of discovery. I enjoy blogging, writing about music, and (more recently) writing essays and fiction.

Blogs

DECKLED | EDGES is a library blog I started in 2014.

WHAT WOULD JUSTIN READ? is where I sometimes remember to post the great things I read online.

QUID PRO QUOTE is where I put all the great quotes I read.

Music

I wrote for MusicOMH.com from 2008-2012, and had my start before that at my college newspaper, the FSView & Florida Flambeau, where I wrote and edited from 2005-2007. You can find some scans of the paper in Google News, including one issue where I proudly assigned five (5) stories on the movie Snakes on a Plane.

Here are a few other old writing selections:

An interview with Spoon

A review of Radiohead live

Snoop Dogg album review

Primavera Sound 2012 Festival

Resume

Librarianship is a great career field. I've focused on instruction, public service, technology training (for patrons and staff), reference work, and outreach (liaising, event planning). My full resume is available upon request, if you'd like to see it all for whatever reason.

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  • ACHIEVEMENTS
    • $2,500 ALA Diversity Research Grant
    • "Information Behaviors Among LGBTQ Students at Single-Sex HBCUs"
    • July 2017
    • Scholar
    • The Institute for Research Design in Librarianship
    • July 2015
    • Library Studies Graduate Fellowship
    • FSU International Programs
    • Florence, Italy
    • 2011 - 2012
  • EDUCATION
    • Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL:
    • M.S. Library & Information Studies
    • M.A. Interdisciplinary Humanities
    • B.A. Humanities
    • B.S. Psychology
    • Honors Thesis
  • EXPERIENCE
    • 5/2016 - Present
    • Unit Head of the E-Learning Technologies Unit
    • The Atlanta University Center
    • Robert W. Woodruff Library
    • Atlanta, GA
    • 8/2014 - 5/2016
    • Reference & Instruction Librarian
    • The Atlanta University Center
    • Robert W. Woodruff Library
    • Atlanta, GA
    • 2/2014 - 6/2014
    • Library Manager
    • Blake Library
    • Martin County Library System
    • Stuart, FL
    • 2/2013 - 2/2014
    • Digital Literacy Librarian
    • Peter & Julie Cummings Library
    • Martin County Library System
    • Palm City, FL
    • 8/2011 - 8/2012
    • Library Supervisor
    • Florida State University
    • International Studies Center
    • Florence, Italy
  • PRESENTATIONS
    • "In Their Shoes: Following Students through a Critical Analysis of Information"
    • Teaching Matters Conference
    • Barnesville, GA | 3/4/2017
    • "More is More: Planning for Unexpected Developments in Library Research"
    • Empirical Librarians Conference
    • Greensboro, NC | 2/24/2017
    • "Changing Service Models in a Changing World"
    • Florida Library Association 2014 Conference
    • Orlando, FL | 5/8/2014
  • PUBLICATIONS
    • "The Practice of Solidarity: Forming a Collaborative Coding Interest Group at AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library"
    • A co-authored chapter in Applying Library Values to Emerging Technology: Tips and Techniques for Advancing within Your Mission
    • Eds. Peter Fernandez and Kelly Tilton
    • ACRL Publications | Expected Fall 2017
    • "Teaching Technology with Volunteers in the Library"
    • "Technology Volunteers in the Idea Lab: Fun with Robotics and Computer Programming"
    • Chapters in Library Volunteers Welcome!
    • Aug 2016
    • "Robotics and Computer Programming: Digital Literacy Training in the idea lab"
    • Voice of Youth Advocates
    • Oct 2015 (Vol. 38, Iss. 4)