Who am I?
Hi there, my name is Carleen and I’m an academic librarian specializing in information literacy instruction, student learning assessment, and open educational resources. I currently work as the Coordinator for Library Instruction at the Jefferson Community College in Watertown, New York. I’m passionate about my role as an information maven and I believe strongly in the role of libraries as the center for self-learning and enlightenment.
About this blog
I started my first blog in 2004 around the same time I entered grad school for my MLIS. It was a golden time for blogging, especially for librarians. It was a perfect way for us to share ideas and come up with catchy buzzwords like Library 2.0. Fourteen years later blogs are on a decline, hardly anyone seems to have time to read or write them anymore. So why start one now? I want to start engaging online with more intention. To think more carefully about what I choose to share and how I choose to express it. Twitter and Facebook are great for many things but I find myself mindlessly sharing and retweeting before I’ve properly absorbed the information. As a result, I feel like my brain is full of a lot of broken thoughts without a proper way to apply any of it. Blogging requires more consideration. Although most of my posts will focus on library-related topics, I don’t intend to separate my professional life from my personal since one will often affect the other. So don’t be surprised if you come across a post here and there, peppered with pictures and stories about parenting, traveling, hobbies, health and other general interests.
5 other things about me
- Although I work as an academic librarian now, I originally developed a love for the profession while working in the children’s department of a public library in Oklahoma.
- My first degree is in Architectural History. The plan was to finish up with a postgrad in Scottish History and work as a curator in a medieval castle but I got a bit distracted and decided to get married instead.
- I can’t seem to keep plants alive. I can keep my cats, my dog and my son well fed and in good health but plants…not so much. I have unrealistic expectations so they die on me all the time.
- I have never read the Harry Potter books. This is usually not something a librarian wants to admit, especially one of my generation but there you have it. I do, however, love the movies. I’m actually very guilty of watching the movie first and reading the book after. Or not at all.
- Supernatural, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Agatha Christie mysteries are pretty much on year round. Like background noise.