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.
M.S., University of Southern Maine, 1971.
B.S., University of Southern Maine, 1966.