I approach life with an attitude of constant practice and ready forgiveness. What I'm practicing (and often failing) to be is the me-est me that's possible in that moment. I look at life as a series of choices — thousands of them each day — and I try to choose as my true self with each one. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I fail, but always, each moment presents the opportunity to try again.
I love every part of cooking. From buying at the market to setting the table to eating. I even enjoy cleaning the dirty dishes.
I climbed The Chief in Vancouver, BC once and wasn't sure I'd be able to make it back down. Each step was a choice of courage.
I live in a small, rustic straw bale home that my partner built. We have a garden and six Silkie chickens and bike everywhere we go.
Teaching is the hardest and most rewarding thing I've ever done. I'm always learning and am forever enriched through relationships with my students. If you are a student reading my website, please know you've got an advocate and a teammate in me for as long as you need and want it. If you're a former student*, I'd love to know how your life is unfolding and what's up for you.
* Defined broadly: ILEADERs, INFO undergrads, MLIS-ers, museology grad students, participants in online experiments, workshops, panels, etc.
I am a teaching assistant at the University of Washington's iSchool. One of my favorite roles as TA is working with MLIS graduate students on their Capstone projects. I also enjoy teaching Design Thinking for Informatics undergrads.
For six years, I collaborated with the State Library of Illinois to work with librarians across the state to support them in risk-taking and change-making through ILEADUSA. It was some of the most rewarding work of my life.
When I became a PhD student, I wrote that I planned to take "outrageous and exquisite advantage of it" and that's exactly how I approach my coursework. Every assignment is an opportunity to explore my research interests and life questions. I've been generously supported by the faculty at the iSchool and my cohort (the most charming, brilliant, and huggable people I've had the fortune of knowing).
In Summer 2017, I was a visiting scholar at Skokie Public Library where I worked with staff on contemplative library culture.
In my second year of graduate school, I wrote up the results of a 10-week experiment in reading contemplatively.
My research questions center around how contemplative experiences help us live meaningful lives. By "contemplative experiences," I mean spaces, practices, and technologies that help us to realize how amazing it is that we are alive — still, and in the first place. I believe that these experiences are critical for human and planetary flourishing, and that our present culture too often convinces us otherwise, particularly through messages like busy is normal, happiness can be bought, and we aren't good enough (yet).
While I am just beginning my journey as a researcher, I have a few opinions regarding what I can know and how I can know it. First, I'm naturally qualitative in my approach to understanding. Second, I believe that the subjective, immaterial, messy lives of humans is real and worthy of study. And third, I value (and acknowledge) my own experiences as an interpretive lens. Right now, I'm particularly drawn to methods like phenomenology and autoethnography, which I feel honor and allow for the complexity of influences and assumptions.