Post Roundup: Internet of Things

Post roundup: On my social media and tech blog Social Web Q and A I cover products and services ranging from web hosting providers to 3d printing pens. Recently, I’ve published a couple of articles about the “internet of things,” (IoT) in which everyday objects assume network connectivity and communicate with people and other devices, either around the house…

New Article on Mentoring in College & Research Libraries Journal

I’m pleased to say that I have an article in the latest issue of College & Research Libraries, a peer-reviewed journal publishing research on academic and research libraries. It’s been called “one of the most widely respected journals in librarianship.” The article is a project spearheaded by my former colleague and classmate Mandi Goodsett. We started…

New Soccer Training eBook Complete and Up for Sale

I am happy to announce that my soccer training ebook that I have been working on for quite a while is finished and up for sale. It is titled The Individual Soccer Training System and is designed to allow soccer players to quickly hone their core technical skills and improve their soccer-specific fitness levels so they can achieve…

WordCamp Dayton 2015

Last week I presented at WordCamp Dayton, a conference for designers, developers, bloggers, small business owners, entrepreneurs, and educators. It was held at the Dayton Convention Center downtown, conveniently located about a 10-minute walk away from my apartment. The first evening we enjoyed a speaker dinner at the Dayton Chess Club, also downtown, with incredible food from…

How to Organize Your Story Ideas

When you’re attempting to write a novel, an involved short story or a non-fiction book, you need some way to organize your ideas. None of us write very effectively by starting with the opening sentence of page one and proceeding in a perfectly linear fashion. As with any creative process there’s no one “right” way…

New Post Up on Ohio Library Association Blog

In my current position at Sinclair Community College, I’m the librarian in charge of instruction and assessment. That basically means that I coordinate our teaching efforts for all different academic departments. But perhaps the biggest part of what I do is the assessment part of the equation: attempting to track what our students are actually learning…

How to Build an Author Platform to Promote Your Writing

Sinclair Community College 40th Annual Writers’ Workshop Nov. 4, 2013

Upcoming Writers’ Workshop Presentation at Sinclair

On November 4th I’ll be giving a presentation at the 40th Annual Sinclair Community College Writers’ Workshop. My session is titled “Marketing and Promoting Your Writing Today: Building an Author Platform.” In it I’ll cover the importance of building an online author platform for reaching new readers, opening up new opportunities and increasing sales. I plan…

4 Common Misconceptions About Plagiarism

A big part of being information literate is knowing how to use information ethically and responsibly. This includes avoiding plagiarism, which we often define as deliberately stealing a chunk of text and trying to pass it off as your own.  But it’s much more than this, and many times plagiarism isn’t as obvious as “don’t steal…

New Job and Some Other Professional Updates

Two weeks ago I started a new position at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. I’m the Instruction and Assessment Librarian, which means I’ll coordinate the library’s teaching efforts and also work with librarians and faculty to improve student outcomes when the curriculum or assignments include a research component. I’ll also staff the reference desk…