Me in a nutshell: Librarian 📖 #OER & #SoTL researcher 📓🖊 tech geek 💾 usability aficionado 📱 collector of timepieces ⌚️ gamer 🎮 guitar player 🎸 blogs @ tech-bytes.net 💻
I’m an academic Librarian in Calgary Alberta, Canada. I’m primarily interested in how education can be made more accessible through the development and sharing of openly licensed content. I collaborate with librarians and academics across Canada and abroad on open education initiatives and research. I also love to teach. I believe critical thinking and the ability to conduct research are essential skills, and I greatly enjoy working with students to develop their competencies in these areas. My teaching interests intersect with my second research focus which is investigating how to more seamlessly integrate information literacy into the academic curriculum. I’m an active member in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning community (specifically ISSOTL), thanks to the encouragement of my colleagues.
In addition to my scholarly work, I’m a long time computer/electronics enthusiast (hardware, web development, automation, gaming, etc.), guitarist, and blogger. As a blogger, I’m most interested in how modern computing trends impact our work, productivity, communication, and privacy.
In 2011, I completed my Bachelor of Arts in International Relations at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. My fascination with research, information technology, and teaching led me to the University of Alberta where I completed my Master of Library and Information Studies in 2014. After a two-year stint providing instructional design and research support in a Faculty of Education, I took a position as an academic librarian in Calgary.
About this website
This website is mainly a professional communication tool and resource. You will find my full CV, links to my scholarly works and presentations, current projects, and methods for contacting me.
I occasionally publish blog posts here about my recent publications, conference presentations and workshops, project updates, and thoughts about research, teaching, and the library profession. However, I do not consider this site my primary blog. Writing about trends in the technology industry is my main interest, and I’ve been doing just that since 2013 at tech-bytes.net. Why do I have two different sites? Well, Tech Bytes came first. Also, its purpose and audience is very different. I share all my blog posts (regardless of where they’re published) through Twitter and Medium.
Tech Bytes: My primary technology blog
Medium: Where I put ‘most’ of my writing
Pinboard: My public bookmarks and saved articles
Twitter: Basically the only social media I have left
AltspaceVR username: erikc