My teaching philosophy could be summarized in one word – connections!
As a teacher of graduate level courses, I have the privilege to meet students at various levels of professional development and learn about their background and their career aspirations. This knowledge helps me develop learning activities that will build upon their prior experiences and various perspectives.
I encourage students to explore and make connections within the course content, asking questions about their understanding of the material. After being asked to reflect and connect, students usually start asking their own connecting questions in deeper discussions with their classmates--rewarding moments that every teacher hopes to experience.
As an academic researcher on human information behavior, my research enriches my teaching, and teaching brings new ideas to my research. This connection also provides an opportunity to engage in collaborative work with students, which has resulted in many co-authored research publications.
This course will familiarize students with reference services in an online information environment and with key disciplinary online databases. The course focuses on basic concepts of online information retrieval and search techniques in specific online databases as opposed to open web searching.
This course covers the concepts and methodology important for evaluating usability of library information services and related information systems. Usability engineering and evaluation are approached an emphasis on web-based information environments. The course is offered completely online via Canvas course management system.
In this doctoral seminar, students are introduced to the theories and techniques of human information behavior that have emerged within the field of library and information science and related fields, such as education, psychology, decision-making, and communications.
This introductory graduate-level course familiarizes students with experience in using computers to information technology (IT) concepts; creation of content; access to content; and topical considerations including integrated library systems; online databases; and digital libraries.