New year, new update!
Since my last post, I completed my master’s program and am now the proud holder of an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in assistive technology from George Mason University!
I chose Mason because, in addition to boasting the second oldest AT program in the nation and the higher-ed leading Assistive Technology Initiative, they offered me the opportunity to learn online, allowing me to earn my degree while continuing my work at UA. When I started the program, I hoped to learn things I could apply to my work in libraries while preparing to move into a role more focused on accessibility and/or assistive technology when the right opportunity came along—and came along it did!
I am thrilled to share that I have joined The University of Alabama’s Office of Information Technology Emerging Technology and Accessibility team, helping to ensure that technology users, including those with disabilities, have a functional and accessible technology experience with the university’s web presence and instructional and emerging technologies. I am delighted to be collaborating with faculty and other instructors in the development of accessible instructional materials and universally designed curricula and working with friends and colleagues to make UA a more inclusive and accessible place.
Due to the change in the nature of my work, I’ve removed the Publications and Presentations pages from this site; however, presentation files and related resources are still available via individual posts. For more regular updates, you can follow me on Twitter.
A new year calls for a quick update! Since I last posted:
- I became a graduate student in George Mason University‘s College of Education and Human Development. I am pursuing a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Assistive Technology. In the fall, I took Introduction to Assistive Technology, Assistive Technology for Individuals with Sensory Impairments, and Software and Mobile Applications for Individuals with Disabilities; this semester, I’m enrolled in Augmentative Communication, Assistive Technology Assessment, and Universal Design for Learning. Being a full-time student while working full-time is incredibly challenging, but I’m thrilled that Mason’s well-regarded AT program is offered 100% online, allowing me to earn my degree while continuing my work at UA.
- My first book chapter was published! I was thrilled to contribute “LibGuides: Creating Accessible User Experiences” to Integrating LibGuides into Library Websites.
- I joined the expert panels for the NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Higher Education Edition and the NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition. The NMC Horizon Project “charts the landscape of emerging technologies for teaching, learning, and creative inquiry,” and I’ve greatly enjoyed contributing to two publications so valuable to my work and the work of my colleagues.
- Speaking of the Horizon Report, I’m looking forward to presenting on the 2017 Library Edition at the ACRL 2017 Conference. Melissa Mallon (Vanderbilt), Rachel Thompson (UA), and I will present a panel session examining, through the lens of accessibility, the important developments in technology presented in the report: how they are expected to transform teaching and learning and their potential to enhance and diminish accessibility and learning for students with disabilities.
- Last, but certainly not least, I have moved to the Libraries’ Gorgas Information Services department. While we’re still working out the details, for now, I’m continuing to offer instructional support for academic technologies while taking on some additional reference and instruction responsibilities. GIS is familiar territory, as I previously worked as a Research & Instructional Services Librarian in the department.
That’s all for now! For more regular updates, you can follow me on Twitter.
I’m happy to share I’ll be returning to The University of Alabama Libraries later this month, where I’ll hold the position of Academic Technologies Instruction Librarian.
Continue reading “A happy return”
I shared this news with my colleagues in the library and on Facebook a few weeks ago, and now it’s time to share it here: I have accepted a new position in the University’s HR Learning & Development office. My last day at Gorgas will be Friday, May 10, and I’ll begin my work in HR on Tuesday, May 14.
Continue reading “Leaving the library”
My fiancé pokes fun at me for having redesigned this site so many times; it seems I can’t let more than six months pass without switching themes, rearranging the layout, etc.. I play with the site because it’s fun and, until a few months ago, I hadn’t found a theme that met both my needs and aesthetic tastes. Several months ago, though, I switched to WooThemes’ Simplicity and managed to let things be for a while save for some minor tweaks.
Return visitors to the site may have noticed things have changed once again. This redesign hasn’t been as much fun as earlier ones, though, because I am doing the work after getting hacked. While I did have a recent backup, I decided against using any of those files to avoid uploading any lingering malicious code.
All things considered, it could have been a lot worse. Lest anyone is reading this post because they went Googling after experiencing something similar, I do have a couple of suggestions.
Continue reading “Rebuilding”