I am the Arts & Systems Librarian at Armacost Library. My pronouns are he/him/his.
I serve as subject librarian for students and faculty in Studio Art, Creative Writing, Theatre and the School of Music. I also share subject librarian responsibilities for Biology and Human-Animal Studies with my colleague Tiffany Chai. And behind the scenes, I coordinate library systems and technology.
My research studies the implementation of technology in libraries from a critical perspective. I'm interested in re-examining concepts that librarians often take for granted, such as the purpose of collaboration, project management and organizational learning. All too often libraries unquestioningly adopt practices developed in for-profit business without stopping to consider what is lost when pursuing efficiencies becomes our primary goal.
I'm also active in faculty governance. I recently completed a term on the Educational Assessment Committee (a group that helps faculty measure student learning and ensure the quality of their instruction) in between two terms on the Faculty Review Committee (a group that evaluates faculty when they go up for tenure and promotion).
Outside of work, I enjoy getting around Redlands by bicycle (when it's not too hot), playing piano, singing in an online church choir, and preparing a different breakfast bowl every morning from a well-worn cookbook I picked up a few years ago when my wife and I were on vacation. We have two cats, one of whom you might see jumping into a web conference call with me from time to time, while the other one hides. I think they are the world's most handsome cats, but I am a bit biased...