Without research and scholarly pursuits, I cannot maintain the required knowledge, understanding, or experience that is at the core of meaningful librarianship. Below are a list of interests and passions that motivate me to continue learning how to best serve my students.
- Learner identity and the role of discursive performatives within higher education
- Educational philosophy and sociology in higher education learning
- Gamification and play in library pedagogy and instruction
- Student negotiation of library spaces
- Integrating UX and information literacy within higher education
- Partnership and collaborations within academic library environments
With a background in History, Library & Information Science, and Education, I have experienced a truly comprehensive trifecta of research methodology, philosophy, and practice. As a practitioner, I am interested in discourse analysis and the application of ethnographic research methods within the higher education library environment. My scholarly endeavors are influenced by post-structuralism and are often conceptually framed around Foucauldian ideas of discipline, power and knowledge.
Whilst I believe in the importance of collecting and analyzing quantitative data, as well as the need for triangulation and mixed-methods research, my heart belongs to hermeneutics.