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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Supernatural, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Agatha Christie mysteries are pretty much on year round.  Like background noise.