March madness

You know that thing where you say yes to a bunch of things, and then all those things happen at the same time? That’s the month of March for me.

Tomorrow I’m leading a lunch-and-learn workshop for the CU Denver Center for Faculty Development about literacy and later in the afternoon, I’m teaching a 3000-level class how to find caselaw, then on Friday I fly to Seattle where I’ll present at a conference twice. I’m taking an online class through ALA this month that started today and I’m presenting a poster at #ACRL2017 in Baltimore. And I decided to read 100 articles about information literacy in 100 days, starting next Monday. Oof.

By the way, you are warmly invited to comment on the working draft of my reading list here.

I started off the month with a fantastic online panel about fake news and information literacy moderated by the student chapter of the American Library Association at the University of Washington iSchool. I was joined on the panel by Martin Garnar, Susan Hildreth, and Sarah Houghton. We had a robust and interesting discussion which was recorded; you can read the transcript or watch the recording of the panel here. Many thanks to Lauren Seegmiller and Christina Miskey for their hard work organizing the panel and developing thoughtful discussion questions.

This weekend I’ll be at the Reading Apprenticeship regional conference at Renton Technical College. On Friday I’m presenting a workshop about metacognition and the student research paper process, and on Saturday I’ll lead a session about assessing Reading Apprenticeship activities in the classroom. I’m excited to reconnect with many of my Washington state community college friends, most of whom I haven’t seen since I left Pierce College in July last year.

And I hope you know that whatever you’re doing these days, it’s enough, and you are enough, and you are making a difference in the lives of the people you care about, and they’ve got your back.


Featured image is a glazed chocolate donut, photo courtesy of author before the donut went in her mouth and was never seen again.