My area of professional experience and expertise is Digital Libraries/Repositories, specifically Metadata. I value learning, open access/open source, collaboration, adaptability, and inter-disciplinarity (Computer Science, Education, Library and Information Science). My doctoral dissertation thesis was titled: Towards the Design of a Hypermedia Journal (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), 1996). I used the emerging WWW protocols to design my proof-of-concept with much of the functionality and interactivity we see nowadays in apps like personal news aggregators and curation tools. My first graduate degree is in the same area as my Ph.D.: Library and Information Science, and my undergraduate degree is in English Literature. My second graduate degree is in Education, major in Curriculum & Instruction (specialization: Educational Technology).
My passion, skills, interests, find expression in digital information (textual mostly and more recently images as well) and my 20 year career in this area has been more or less equally divided. I've always been in academia but for the first 10 years I worked as an academic librarian implementing systems and training users in online library systems, textual databases, and developing multi-database functionality (forerunners of today's digital libraries/repositories). For the second 10 years or so I was a faculty, university teacher and researcher. I taught graduate students in the classroom and online via closed and open networks such as Blackboard, the Internet, and WWW, nurturing semi-virtual learning communities. At the University of Arizona, I developed and taught a specialized Digital Libraries track called Knowledge Structures with the following courses: 1) Organization of Information, 2) Knowledge Structures, 3) Information Seeking Behaviors, 4) Scholarly Communication. Before Arizona, I was a full time researcher with the Department of Computer Science, University of California at Santa Barbara on the Alexandria Digital Library. Other courses I have taught as a doctoral student or as post-doc include 1) Systems Analysis and Design (UIUC), 2) Cataloging & Classification (UIUC), 3) Information Seeking Behaviors (UCLA) and 4) Information Systems Analysis (UCLA). So, you see I'm passionate about new information technologies for playful learning, but now, they are all harnessed for formation and fun in Christ, the major subject of this website. The last 8 years have been an exhilarating, roller-coaster of a journey ever since I gave myself heart, soul, body and mind to Jesus. He wasn't kidding when he promised his followers "abundant life." I am certainly seeing and experiencing life in all its infinite variety, including pain and pleasure, harmony and chaos.
Peaceful, life-transforming revolutions are very much a part of my life. Long before the term downshifting was coined my family and I were living it; no, it is not about stick shift driving but a slow lifestyle, a revolt against the American dream rat race :). My years in academia were enlivened by the friendships that blossomed when we established dLIST, the first open access repository for the Information Sciences, in which faculty could self-archive; it was our own little contribution to the global Open Access movement, the revolution to free peer-reviewed literature and a revolt against the rising costs of scholarly journals. Now, I've joined the ranks of indie authors and publishers. The summer of 2012 I learned the unforgettable lesson of what it means to do something in God's strength. All glory and honor to our awesome Triune God for the Garden of Grace: A Daybook of Faith and Healing! He has helped me be faithful with Casa Charis: A Daybook of Freedom, which was published in 2013.
Garden of Grace:
Full color Print - https://www.createspace.com/3904206
Ebook (Kindle) - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008RGFQJ4/
B&W Print - https://www.createspace.com/4307582
Ebook (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F6HV56U
I am so very glad God called me to join the revolution Jesus started and gifted me with the passion that fuels my ventures. A couple have been documented:
- Sprouting Up about the Garden Club (at my church, Irvine Pres)
- Global Thinker about dLIST, Digital Library of Information Science and Technology (from my former life as a Univ. prof.)
13 March 2014