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I am a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alberta's School of Library and Information Studies. My research interests are in experiential information behaviours and practices, particularly as they relate to healthy leisure lifestyles and community development. My doctoral research project uses photo methods to examine unique, experience-based information skills like storytelling, ethnic heritage, wilderness survival, foraging, arts and crafts in a remote, rural community in Northern Ontario.

December 7, 2015

I'm excited to announce that my dissertation, "Words to Live By: How Experience Shapes our Information World at Work, Play and in Everyday Life" has been awarded the 2016 Association for Library Science Education Best Dissertation Award. The prize includes registration...

April 21, 2015

My thesis is now published within the Scholarship@Western Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository. Click the link below to download a copy.


Many thanks to my examination committee, and to my external reviewer , Dr. Jenna Hartel fro...

April 10, 2015

For anyone waiting with baited breath, I've just posted the table of contents and chapter 1 of my dissertation under the heading "Do/Education". A full copy of my dissertation will be soon available free through the UWO Electronic Repository (http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/etd/)...

April 8, 2015

There is no where that the words "I wonder" can't take you. It may not be fast, and it may not be immediate, but I'm convinced that with time and effort, these two words are the most powerful way for an individual to engage with the world around them. They represent th...

March 19, 2015



I've recently discovered the hobby of 'deltiology', also known as postcard collecting. A search for an old postcard image of Whitney, Ontario sent me to the Toronto postcard show last month, and I returned to the Kitchener show in March by choice :-) What I found was...

March 11, 2015

After a 1 hour public lecture and 2 hours of constructive feedback, I officially completed my oral defense. I passed. Hooray! Looking back, I knew what to expect during my defense in about the same way first time parents know what to expect during the delivery. Technic...

February 10, 2015


After many hours analyzing, writing, and revising, I'm excited to report that my thesis is complete! All 320 pages of it... Click the picture to read the first chapter.

My defense is scheduled for March 10, 2015.
1:00pm - public talk
2:00pm - oral defense


December 29, 2014

If you are lucky enough to visit Orlando, Florida and have a chance to stop in at the Orange County Public Library main branch in Orlando, you must do it! In particular, ask for a tour of the Melrose Technology Center. A recent $2million donation to the library has res...

May 30, 2014

I just returned from the Canadian Congress on Leisure Research. What a great opportunity to meet interesting people with interesting research! A highlight for me was the welcome session where Elder Christmas gave the conference an Aboriginal blessing. He used sweetgras...

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