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About Me

Hi. I'm a librarian and musician with varied interests. I was born in Northern Ohio and grew up in central Florida. I spent one year abroad in Florence, Italy, and now I'm living in Atlanta, GA.

Some of my work interests are public perceptions of libraries (and librarians), library anxiety, and progressive librarianship. I was chosen as a 2015 Scholar for the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship and will be researching some of these topics in the 2015-2016 academic year.

Outside of work, some of my interests are...

See more about me below. Thanks for stopping by and feel free to contact me with any comments or questions.

Music

Solo

I've been playing guitar and writing songs since 2003. Here's a compilation of home demos I put together:

Bands

THE YOUNG AND THE ELDER is where I currently shred guitar. You can hear our debut EP, Dreams, on Noisetrade. Scott and I also did an interview with ArtistFirst radio in June 2015.

THE HUMAN ASCENSION was a raucous hip-hop rock band in Tallahassee, FL. It's the reason my pedalboard grew from 3 to 12 boxes.

THESE GNARLY BEASTS is an online collaborative band I put together in 2010.

MY MUSIC PAGE is where you might find a more complete listing of all my music projects ever.

Writing

I see writing as an act of discovery. I enjoy blogging, writing about music, and (more recently) writing essays and fiction.

Blogs

IGNORANCE MADE US HUNGRY has been my main personal blog since 2004. (It's gone through a couple of name changes...)

DECKLED | EDGES is a library blog I started in 2014.

WHAT WOULD JUSTIN READ? is where I sometimes remember to post the great things I read online.

QUID PRO QUOTE is where I put all the great quotes I read.

Music

I wrote for MusicOMH.com from 2008-2012, and had my start before that at my college newspaper, the FSView & Florida Flambeau, where I wrote and edited from 2005-2007.

Here are a few selections:

An interview with Spoon

A review of Radiohead live

Snoop Dogg album review

Primavera Sound 2012 Festival

Resume

I'm an early-career librarian with experience in both public and academic libraries. You can download my full resume here:

Resume

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  • ACHIEVEMENTS
    • Scholar
    • The Institute for Research Design in Librarianship
    • July 2015
    • Library Studies Graduate Fellowship
    • Florida State University
    • International Programs
    • 2011 - 2012
  • EDUCATION
    • Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL:
    • M.S. Library & Information Studies
    • M.A. Interdisciplinary Humanities
    • B.A. Humanities
    • B.S. Psychology
    • Honors Thesis
  • EXPERIENCE
    • 8/2014 - Present
    • Reference & Instruction Librarian
    • The Atlanta University Center
    • Robert W. Woodruff Library
    • Atlanta, GA
    • 2/2014 - 6/2014
    • Library Manager
    • Blake Library
    • Martin County Library System
    • Stuart, FL
    • 2/2013 - 2/2014
    • Digital Literacy Librarian
    • Peter & Julie Cummings Library
    • Martin County Library System
    • Palm City, FL
    • 8/2011 - 8/2012
    • Library Supervisor
    • Florida State University
    • International Studies Center
    • Florence, Italy
  • PRESENTATIONS
    • "Information, technology, and older adults: Creating information use environments that work," (collaborator) with Michelle Kazmer (presenter), Amelia Anderson, and Robert Glueckauf.
    • Library Research Seminar VI
    • U. of Illinois (UC) | 10/7/2014
    • "Pay It Forward: Martin County's Idea Lab"
    • Tampa Bay Library Consortium
    • Online Presentation | 1/30/2014
  • PUBLICATIONS