Keepin’ it Fresh

In anticipation of spring (which can never come fast enough), I thought it might be a good time to air some updates around here.

In the last few months I:

  1. Attended the ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference, where I met some really excellent people.
  2. Also attended the ACM (SIGCHI) CHI Play conference, where I again met some really excellent people–and saw some fabulous games and games research.
  3. Saw the publication of my  contribution to the CHI Play conference, “Considering Diversity in Collaborative Video Game Design Work,” in the OFFICIAL ACM DIGITAL LIBRARY. OFFICIALLY.
  4. Dislocated my knee and fractured my kneecap. 😦
  5. Took–and passed–some important exams while on pain medication. (See #4) 🙂
  6. ~Successfully~ completed the first semester of my totally new online course, Academic Success in the Digital University (and started the second, EVEN MORE FRESH, semester).

And now, until summer fun in the sun comes again–

Stay warm, stay dry, and (above all)

stay fresh!


Teaching Tweeting: Recommendations for Teaching Social Media Work in LIS and MSIS Programs

I’m pleased as punch to (belatedly) announce the publication of some key findings from our work on the Institute of Museum and Library Services-funded project: “21st Century Information Workers: What Core Competencies Should MSIS Students Learn?” (Conducted through the UT-Austin iSchool.)

Teaching Tweeting: Recommendations for Teaching Social Media Work in LIS and MSIS Programs focuses on the results from the module of the project that looked specifically at curricula recommendations for future information professionals working with social media.

Thanks and congratulations also go to my two co-authors–Melissa G. Ocepek and Dr. Lecia J. Barker–and to the rest of the research team.

This paper was first published online in the Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (JELIS) in Volume 57, Number 1 (Winter 2016).

“Internet harassment and online threats targeting women: Research review”

My early pass at a literature review on gender-based online harassment that I prepared for my iConference 2015 poster (“Addressing Gender-Based Harassment in Social Media: A Call to Action“) was recently included in Journalist’s Resource’s online roundup of publications on the topic. I’m honored to be included with such great writers and researchers, and I highly recommend reading Journalist’s Resource’s summary on the topic and checking out the other (fabulous and fascinating) cited articles.

Most of these articles were published within the last year–several were even completely new to me. Now to add them to my own on-going, ever-growing, all-consuming literature review…

Christopher Kiel “gives awesome testimony to the Senate Committee”

This testimony is in response to the proposed Texas Senate Bill #1 (aka House Bill #2), the infamous “omnibus” abortion “regulation and safety” bill. The testimony was given around 10:45 pm (CDT) on July 8, 2013 in front of the Texas Senate Committee of Health and Human Services.

Although SB1/HB2 was (despicably) passed on a final vote yesterday from the Texas Senate, Christopher’s testimony was one of the many valuable voices of the people that needed to be heard and I’m proud to have had a small hand in it. (I’ll have more to say about my experiences with the public testimony later.)

Many people thanked him in person for his rhetorical points (and for the LOLZ), even several days after giving this testimony. But as he says, it was a much easier testimony to give than many of the stories we heard over the 16 or so hours of the committee. (It helps to be speaking from a position of dominant identity.)

But for now, you can just call him Mr. Southern White Man.

Thanks to Bethany Bannister (@bethanyswrld) for editing this footage and posting it on YouTube.