About

Erik Florence Italy
Florence, Italy, 2018

In a nutshell…

Librarian πŸ“– Research: #OER #SoTL #UX πŸ–ŠοΈ Tech & Usability Aficionado πŸ’Ύ πŸ“± Guitarist 🎸 Blogger: tech-bytes.net πŸ’» Podcaster @edtechexamined πŸŽ™


Education

In 2011, I received my Bachelor of Arts in International Relations at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. My interest in research and information technology led me to the University of Alberta where I completed my Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) in 2014.

Professional experience

I have been supporting instructors and students in higher education since 2014. I have experience collaborating on large IT and education technology projects, consulting on instructional design initiatives (at the course and program level), and providing research and scholarly communication support to university faculty, strategic planning and visioning, and organizing educational events. Throughout my career, I have consistently served as an information architect, web admin, or technical consultant for a variety of platforms and initiatives.

As an instructional librarian, I spend the majority of my time in the classroom working with students to develop their research and analytical skills. As a researcher, I’m primarily interested in education technology implementation, open educational resources, app and web usability, and personal productivity.

Personal interests

I’m a long-time computer and electronics enthusiast (hardware, web development, automation, gaming, industry trends, etc.), and I’ve been blogging about the tech industry since 2013 at Tech Bytes. I’m most interested in how modern computing trends impact our work, productivity, communication, and privacy. I like to build computers and servers (NAS and media centres), develop websites, and write automation scripts and code. I can usually ‘MacGyver‘ a solution to most computing or electronics problems. More recently I’ve become interested in the science of productivity, focus (deep work or ‘flow’), and distraction.

I love all things music and audio. I’ve been playing electric guitar for over fifteen years. I have a couple of nice instruments and amps, as well as a healthy collection of effects pedals. Someday I hope to have a music side gig. I also co-host an education technology podcast (EdTech Examined). I’m a reasonably experienced audio and video editor, and I’ve worked with a variety of industry-standard software suites.

About this website

This website is my professional communication hub. Here, you will find information about me (this page), my work and professional experience, contact info, and links to my blog, podcast, and other online profiles.

I post updates about my work (usually research), podcast episodes, tech blog articles, and personal interests/projects. 

My technology blog is tech-bytes.net. I also republish many of my blog posts on Medium.

Pertinent Links

πŸ”— Tech Bytes: My primary technology blog

πŸ”— Workplace Profile

πŸ“– Google Scholar Profile

πŸ“– ORCiD Profile