I bring my background in poetry writing to instruction and librarianship, creative energy that allows me to design engaging, informed, and user-friendly curriculum. I believe in working with students’ innate curiosity and use backward design, universal design for learning (UDL), the philosophy of critical librarianship, and the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy to make lesson plans to meet all students where they learn. I deeply love my job.


James E. Ward Instruction Award – Tennessee Library Association, 2018


BEAM Me Up: Teaching Rhetorical Methods for Source Use and SynthesisCommunications in Information Literacy 15:2

Librarianship as Mothering and Other Cries for Help” – The League of Awesome Librarians/ The Library Collective

Square Peg, Round Hole: Big Picture Planning and the Opportunities and Limits of Design Thinking” – The Journal of Creative Library Practice

Opening Our Minds: Two Early Career Librarians.  Two Roundtables.  Where To From Here?” (w/ Joseph Winberry) – Tennessee Libraries 69.2

Conference Presentations

“BEAM Me Up: Considering Usefulness for Source Synthesis” – Library Instruction Tennessee (LIT) conference,  2019

“Opening Our Minds: Two Early Career Librarians. Two Roundtables. Where To From Here?” – with Joseph Winberry, Tennessee Library Association Annual Conference, 2019

“Stand and Be Counted: Libraries Facilitating Voter Engagement” – Panelist, with Holly Hebert, Kevin Dixon, Pamela Johnson, Chris Hall, & Amber McKee, Tennessee Library Association Annual Conference, 2019

“NEDtalks: Lightning Talks in the Library” – with Brannen Varner, Tennessee Library Association Conference, 2018

“Making It Work Online: Collaborating to Create an Online Information Literacy Portal” – with Brannen Varner, Tennessee Library Association Conference, 2018

“Use Your Words: Thing-Explaining Library Lingo” – with Brannen Varner, The Collective, 2018

“Looking for the Picture in the Frame: The ACRL Framework in Practical Library Instruction” – with Sylvia Page and Becca Decker, Tennessee Library Association Conference, 2017


Library Instruction Together (LIT), Steering Committee member

Tennessee Libraries, Editor

See my LinkedIn profile here.

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