I grew up on the coast of Maine where the sea and sailing ships were a part of my everyday life. They sparked a sense of mystery and adventure in me. I had learned to read at an early age and so became very interested in adventure stories and faraway lands. That is probably why I was drawn to our school library with its collection of National Geographic Magazines and travel narratives.
After college I taught high school science for a few years and then decided to go to Indiana University to become a library media specialist. This was in the 1970’s when a film loop projector was considered a “new instructional device.” Technology has obviously advanced from that time but it still interests me, especially the ways of teaching using technology. Think of what we can do with a cell phone today!
Education can truly be 24/7/365 and can be tailored to meet the individual needs and interest of our students. Helping university students in Morocco learn to use the Internet was a memorable and very rewarding experience for me. Teaching an online course has been a natural extension of my desire to help students access information anytime and from anywhere. If there is a new piece of technology or a different way to use existing technology that can help someone learn, I always want to try it out. I’m in favor of anything that can bring information to patrons in any format — print, non-print or whatever. Communicating with my students from a Wi-Fi connection from home or a library or a coffeehouse in a remote area is exciting to me. I’m impatiently waiting for 5G cell phone technology to arrive!
Ed.S., Indiana University, Bloomington, 1973.