I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences at Utah State University. My general research interests include cyberbullying, youth, social media, empathy, librarianship, libraries, making, and neurodiversity. I received my PhD in Information Science from the School of Information at Florida State University in the Spring of 2016. Before I began the PhD program, I worked as public librarian at a small, rural library system in Southwest Georgia. My work with young adults as a librarian is the root of my research interest in this population. I continue to be a strong advocate for school and public libraries in our communities. But it’s not hard to advocate for libraries who serve as important and accessible public spaces within our communities.
A native of Southwest Georgia, I grew up in a very small rural town that nobody seems to have heard of so I usually reference its distance from Atlanta (3.5 hours southwest) to give some idea of where it is. I received my BA in anthropology and history from the University of Georgia in 2006. In 2008, I completed my MLIS at FSU with a concentration in children and youth services. After working as a public librarian for 4 years, I decided to return to FSU and get my PhD in Information Studies. Somewhere along the line I completed my SLIS (Specialist in Library and Information Studies) with a focus on leadership and management. And my PhD. I’m not entirely sure how all this happened but here we are.
In my free time, I am an avid reader of a little bit of everything (YA lit, Southern Gothic, weird non-fiction, silly stories, and oddball sci-fi). Outside of books, I’m a music nerd (Jason Isbell <3), craft beer and coffee drinker, lover of (almost) anything pickled, and a fitness and nutrition fanatic who’s training for my secind marathon (!!!). You can usually find me in the gym or on a run.