Insights from Marta Newhart – Part 4

Marta Newhart, an alum from the University of Washington has several achievements including being the highest ranking Latino when she left Boeing where she had been for 20 years. She was recruited by Covidien, a major medical device manufacturing as their VP of Communications and Public Affairs. She then left that post to join a […] → Continue Reading Insights from Marta Newhart – Part 4

And The Title Is….

I was invited to recite a spoken word piece at the Information School’s (iSchool) (University of Washington) Diversity Summit. After several iterations and feedback from friend in New York I finally had a finished poem. On Friday May 2, 2014 I had the pleasure of closing out the iSchool’s Diversity Summit with the spoken word piece I […] → Continue Reading And The Title Is….

Is That All You Need To Make An Impact?

Have you been trying to have a positive impact in peoples lives? Ever wonder about what it means to have an impact? This was topic of a presentation by Johnathan Grudin’s. Grudin is a renowned researcher at Microsoft Research, an instructor at the University of Washington’s iSchool, and the recipient of the 2014 inaugural CSCW Lasting […] → Continue Reading Is That All You Need To Make An Impact?

Delete a Credit Card? – Over Our Dead Bodies

Some days I really miss Sprint—4g unrestricted speed and quality service in remote areas. But a recent interaction reminded me of some of the reasons I left them for T-Mobile. It all started when  I logged in to Sprint under an acquaintance’s account to make a credit card payment on their behalf.  Adding a credit […] → Continue Reading Delete a Credit Card? – Over Our Dead Bodies

Should Ex-Cons Have an Opportunity to Work in Libraries Too?

Would you ever hire an ex-con/felon (formerly incarcerated person)—to work in a public library? That was the question posed on a prison library listserv a few weeks ago. The exact question was, I have received a question from a prison librarian in Ohio regarding the hiring of ex-felons by a public library. These individuals have […] → Continue Reading Should Ex-Cons Have an Opportunity to Work in Libraries Too?

Tips to Keep an Online Teaching Assistant On Track

This past quarter (Fall 2012) I had the opportunity to complete my first ever teaching assistantship online. It was in LIS570, a research methods course at the University of Washington’s Information School. It provided me with many great lessons as the relate to teaching online. I walked away at the end of the quarter with […] → Continue Reading Tips to Keep an Online Teaching Assistant On Track

NPower Celebrates TechTacular Things

Last night (Thursday, May 17, 2012), NPower Northwest brought together a community of individuals (clients, supporters and friends) interested in the use of technology to create an positive impact. Institutions represented at the event included Accenture, AT&T, Avanade, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Cognizant, Community Builder, Dell, Deloitte, IBM, KForce, Liquid Planner, Microsoft, Oracle, PointB, Presidio, SAP, Slalom, Sprint, Univar, […] → Continue Reading NPower Celebrates TechTacular Things

So Now What?: Turning the Page – Week Six

Six weeks have passed and by now you should have a relatively well-formed (or close to it) advocacy work plan developed. The purpose of this, the final in the series of posts will be used to Review key concepts and ideas discussed over the past five (5) weeks Determine how to achieve your goal Increase […] → Continue Reading So Now What?: Turning the Page – Week Six

The Big “Ask”: Turning the Page – Week Five

If there is one thing that is hard to ask for, I’d have to say it’s money. A close second would probably be asking that individual you have a crush on out on a date. Week five (5) of PLA’s library advocacy seminar series dealt with the former, the art of asking for money. By the of […] → Continue Reading The Big “Ask”: Turning the Page – Week Five

Building Relationships: Turning the Page – Week Four

Week four (4) of PLA’s library advocacy plan development seminar dealt with relationships—how to establish, cultivate and maintain them. The module employed the analogy of a plant to help viewers fully understand what this process entails. This post will highlight and summarize the key takeaways. Why Relationships are Important In many ways relationships are the […] → Continue Reading Building Relationships: Turning the Page – Week Four