American Library Association Conference 2018 highlights


  1.  Listening to Michelle Obama and Carla Hayden have a conversation 

2. Reconnecting with Carla Hayden. She remembers me 🙂 – Total fanboy moment

3. Making it into the (room) Michelle Obama talk. Jenifer Moore and I were moderating a panel at the Libraries Ready to Code session until 4:30pm We were at the end of the 1/2 mile long line.


4. Former ALA President Loriene Roy saved us seats fought viciously to secure us seats nine rows away from Michelle Obama! 



5. Running into Bradley Kuykendall,  Reference and Instruction Librarian at Lincoln University in Missouri and former i3 student! (i3 fam find i3 fam)



6. I got to meet Billy the Kid. He was not amused



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Podcast: Traveling to Cuba for Americans

In this episode Dr. Maria Malyk joins me as we discuss the logistics of traveling to Cuba as Americans, finding and booking Casa Particulars (local rooms for rent w/ families), food, music, cigars, internet challenges, and we share a couple of our most memorable moments in the city.

For a detailed write up check our Maria’s write up


Havana, Cuba montag

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Podcast: Fashion Informatics with designer Shwetambari Mody

Social Informatics Fashion Designer Shwetambari Mody
Fashion designer Shwetambari Mody visits Informatics Overload

Fashion designer Shwetambari Mody visits Informatics Overload

Shwetambari Mody is an Indian-born, international fashion designer and branding expert living in New York. She is best known for her classic, vibrant, high fashion neck scarves, whose designs and fabrics come together to express both classic and modern elements of the global world.

In the podcast, Shwetambari discusses her design process, the workflow within R&D in the fashion industry and how it fits into Socio-technical systems. We even geek out about fabric libraries and product naming conventions within the fashion industry.


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i3- iSchools Inclusion Institute now accepting applicants


The application process for the i3 program is open for Summer 2017. The iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3) is an undergraduate research and leadership development program that prepares students from underrepresented populations for graduate study and careers in the information sciences. Only 25 students from across the country are selected each year to become i3 Scholars

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Should we have robots raking our zen garden?

This month I was able to attend the World Maker Faire held a fe minutes away from Queens College. I Volunteered as part of a team sowing the Zen Robot Gardener.

As technology becomes affordable we will continue to find it in new places. We built a simple a robot to rake a zen garden, and set it up be interacted with and driven by the crowds. It provokes the question “Should we have robots raking our zen garden”?

The project won four Editor’s Choice awards at the Maker Faire!

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Podcast: Kansas City BBQ and Screencasting

In this podcast, created as part of the Multimedia Production course,  I’m joined by Jacob and Kristen as we discuss Kansas City BBQ and Screencasting

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Podcast: A Conversation with Elaine Gomez

In this podcast I’m joined by Elaine Gomez, a graduate of the University of Southern California’s MFA program in Interactive Media and Game Design in the School of Cinematic Arts. We discuss the program at USC, empathy in video games, and gender representation in video games and Gamergate.

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Podcast: The Presentation Self in Everyday Life w/ Dr. Maria Malyk

In this podcast I’m Joined by Dr. Maria Malyk to discuss the Presentation of Self in Everyday Life by Erving Goffman.

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Podcast: What is a Game?

In this podcast, recorded for an undergraduate course Social Impacts of Video Games, I give a brief synopsis of several popular theories and theorists who try to answer the question, What is a Game?

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