I am interested in the way people gather, transfer and conceptualize knowledge. I believe the study of how we understand the world is at the core of library science and such philosophy is inherently practical, though rarely discussed on the job. I am most interested in programming and content creation ideas, and am very interested in interactive, user-created library services.
My thesis research was on arts programs in libraries, and how they may support civic or community engagement. Since I’m toying with the idea of a doctoral program, I considered a dissertation topic on the ethical and empathetic transference from various media: books, games and film. But I have become even more interested in content creation, or interactive creation, in library settings. I have just begun a research project on the best practices of content creation services & programs which may ultimately be part of a dissertation.
On a less serious “library” note, I love art and design. I was a garden designer and consultant 2001-2009. I dabble in all sorts of art. I love poetry and words. I believe in Makers–those who work with their hands and minds to create new things, whether it’s food or clothes or flash videos or robots. I have a deep interest in sustainable gardening, urban farming and connecting people with the earth via gardens.
I enjoy teaching and facilitating learning on a variety of topics, which is why I chose to unschool with my family. (Unschooling is non-coercive child-led learning.) I present many workshops to libraries and other community centers. I act as a consultant on a variety of library topics, especially futureplanning.