In October of 2014, I left a great job with great people to explore other great jobs with other great people and also a new way of life. The hardest part, besides the occasional moment of terror at not having the security of a day job, is helping people understand what I do and who I do it for. Consultant and freelancer don't quite fit, but somehow the word independent does. I work for all types of organizations in all types of roles, but I have the most experience in informal science learning, digital engagement, risk-taking and and space-making for practitioners in museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions.
When I am teaching, I feel completely alive, with all the emotions life entails. The classroom, be it formal, informal, or entirely unexpected is the place where "my deep gladness meets the world's deep need." My super powers are holding ambiguity for the doubtful and fearful (because I know so well what it is to be doubtful and fearful), and being good on my feet.
In collaboration with the State Library of Illinois, I work with librarians across the state to support them in risk-taking and change-making.