Category Archives: AboutMike

I’m a Librarian

I made it. I’m now a librarian. Well, to be accurate, I’m a Librarian. Those of you who know me may be wondering, “haven’t you been a librarian for some time?” Yes, and no. Like faculty, academic librarians have ranks: … Continue reading

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What Did I Do on My Sabbatical in 2012?

When I tell my non-university friends and acquaintances that I’m on sabbatical, almost always the first question is “Where are you going? France? Italy? Somewhere south?” Apparently it is widely believed that faculty on sabbatical are simply chilling out on … Continue reading

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No Small Plans meets Less is More

Tomorrow I starting publishing the “book-like-thing” I’ve been thinking about for a number of years. Beyond Literacy has been a wonderful learning experience. Over the years the project got bigger and bigger (presentations at conferences, an undergraduate course, a series … Continue reading

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Forty Years in Higher Education

Today I’m celebrating a rather special day for me. It is weird to write this but as of today I’ve been involved in higher education continuously, in one form or another, for the past 40 years. First as an undergraduate … Continue reading

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Why I Want to Serve on the Board of Governors

I’ve decided to let my name stand for the open faculty position on the Board of Governors at the University of Guelph. Faculty representatives to the Board are elected by Senate; voting begins April 2nd. Why would I do this? … Continue reading

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Pre Post Literate Thank You Gifts

I speak about post-literacy (the end of literacy) at various conferences or as part of courses. So what do people give me in thanks? Books of course. Here are two of my favourites. This came from the folks at the … Continue reading

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SOPA Strike

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A New Beginning …

I love change; I used to say “if it ain’t broke, push it off the table.” It drove some of my colleagues nuts. Starting this month, I’m changing something different: myself. I’ve pushed myself off the table. My sabbatical has … Continue reading

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The Joys of the “Has Been”

In about a month I step down as Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Librarian at the University of Guelph. I’m about to become a “has been” and I’m looking forward to it. As a senior administrator I’m privy to … Continue reading

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My Undergraduate Transcript

How strange. In applying recently to a graduate program I was required to get copies of all my academic transcripts. My undergraduate transcript from the University of Guelph was the most entertaining. Here are my marks for the 38 courses … Continue reading

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