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Joining the faculty at Drexel brought my academic journey full circle. I did my undergraduate work here in Philadelphia, earning an AB in English from Chestnut Hill College. Several years later I became a midwesterner, earning an AM in English from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a Ph.D. in instructional systems design from The Ohio State University in Columbus. Then it was back to the east coast and the University of Maryland in College Park, where I was on the faculty of the College of Information Studies for over 20 years, serving as the coordinator of the School Library Media Program for eight. In January 2008 I came to Drexel as a tenured associate professor and Director of the School Library Media Program. Iím very happy to be at one of the original iSchools!

Along the way, Iíve been a visiting professor at the University of Hawaii; a visiting scholar at the University of Technology, Sydney; and a member of the national faculty assembled by Syracuse University for a special program to prepare New York City teachers to be school library media specialists. Iíve received several grants, including one from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to prepare District of Columbia Public School employees to become school library media specialists in DCPS. Iíve also received the Distinguished Service Award from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology.

My primary research interest is how peopleóespecially studentsóuse information as a tool for learning. This interest brings together both information studies and instructional design, and Iíve published widely in both fields. Iíve given over 100 presentations and serve or have served on a number of editorial boards, including those for ETR&D, JELIS, School Library Media Research, and the Journal of Computing in Higher Education. Of all the things Iíve written, Iím most proud of Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning, the current national guidelines for the school library media field. Iím currently completing another manuscript that I hope will be useful as wellóLearning in Information-Rich Environments: I-LEARN and the Construction of Knowledgeówhich is to be published by Springer.

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