Pursuant to the guidelines from the Federal Trade Commission, I am posting this disclosure statement for my TechieLibrarian blog.
My current blogs
- TechieLibrarian – a professional development blog where I blog and reflect on the intersections of libraries and technology
- EdTech Learning Log – a blog documenting my coursework in the Master of Educational Technology program at Boise State University
- Heading East – a personal blog reflecting on an upcoming year of preparation and travel for a personal trip to Korea and China in June 2014
I am an Assistant Librarian at Messiah College Murray Library. I started this position in June 2006. I was granted term-tenure and I hope to apply for promotion to Librarian in July 2014. I am the collection development coordinator and liaison librarian to the science departments on campus. In this position I review and recommend online and print resources to support learning and the college curriculum. I serve on several campus committees.
Relation of blog to institution
Messiah College is affiliated with the Brethren in Christ church and has a Community Covenant of expectations for student and faculty conduct. My blog consists of my personal opinion and does not reflect the opinion or official positions of Messiah College.
Conflict of interest statement
TechieLibrarian is hosted for free on WordPress blogging platform. I do not receive any compensation for this blog. I do not receive any free subscriptions or other resources related to this blog. At times I may blog about resources that the library subscribes to or purchases. I will make these situations clear in the specific blog post.
Intellectual freedom in academic blogging
I want to express my support for intellectual freedom in academic blogs. The current lawsuit filed against Dale Askey, a librarian who blogged about predatory journal practices who misuse open-access journal frameworks is outrageous. I hope that all colleges and universities, including my own, continue to support academic bloggers and intellectual freedom. Historic academic opinion and librarian evaluator roles are threatened if this lawsuit is successful or if the university does not support the blogger.