Posted: September 13, 2014 in About me




Welcome to my online portfolio, TechnoYOUtopia!  Why TechnoYoutopia?  It’s all about working towards a better world using the power of technology.  It’s my philosophy that YOU have the ability to grow, learn, and contribute to a better society through the use of technology.  I am not a teachno-utopiast, just a m(w)ild-mannered librarian with an interest in the latest and greatest library technology, gadgets, and methodologies.

On my website you will find links to my various blogs, projects I have completed, and a dash of my own thoughts.


I have always been interested in the intersection of diversity and librarianship, and in aspects of diversity that are less frequently considered, such as one’s generation.  In 2017, I had the opportunity to present to colleagues on this subject.


Age Diversity in the Library: Maximizing Our Multi-Generational Workforce

Presentation at The Acquisitions Institute, Timberline Lodge, OR

May 21, 2017


The Multigenerational Library

Presentation for LAUC-R (Librarians’ Association of the University of California Riverside)

December 6, 2017


Presentation References and Further Reading





Today I presented at the California Library Association annual conference in Pasadena, California.  Below are the links to the poster materials.  If you’re interested in seeing some of the newsletters I have created and edited, see Projects: Library Insider and Projects: Shop Newsletter.  For Sync, the CLA Technology Interest Group newsletter, visit the CLA-TIG web page.


Reinvent the Library Newsletter Poster


Big Tips – Reinvent the Library Newsletter Poster

Project: Shop Newsletter

Posted: June 29, 2015 in Projects


As a professional librarian at the University of California, Riverside, I am represented by a union – the University Council-American Federation of Teachers, which is also affiliated with CFT (California Federation of Teachers) and AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations).  I’m very proud to be a union member, and I spend a lot of my time working with the union.  I am the current President for UC-AFT Local 1966 (Riverside), grievance steward for librarians, and member of our bargaining team.

One of my union projects is our Local 1966 Unit 17 shop newsletter, called The Raven.  The name was inspired by the Game of Thrones books – the characters use ravens instead of pigeons to send messages.  It’s meant to highlight issues of interest to represented librarians and to be a source of fun and useful information.  The inaugural issue was published on May 22, 2015 – the one-year anniversary of our first Labor-Management meeting here at the UCR Library.

The Raven UC-AFT Riverside Vol 1 Issue 1



I was featured in the April/May 2015 issue of California Teacher, the magazine for the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) Union.  My union, University Council-American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT) is part of CFT.  See the full article online here.

cft magThe picture is of me at the CFT Convention (April 2015).  I addressed the delegation in support of a resolution to guarantee retirement/social security benefits for part-time lecturers and teachers at the University of California, and in California’s K-12 schools and community colleges.


Project: The Library Insider Newsletter

Posted: February 12, 2015 in Projects

I am the current (and founding) editor-in-chief of the Library Insider, our staff newsletter.  You can view PDF versions of the newsletter by clicking the links below.  Please remember that the original format of the newsletter is print!


Issue #5, Summer 2015

Issue #4, April/May 2015

Issue #3, February/March 2015

Issue #2, Holidays 2014

Issue #1, October/November 2014

Issue #0, August/September 2014

Project: The eBook Gallery

Posted: December 1, 2014 in Projects
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Most Common eBook Title Words

Most Common eBook Title Words


Check out one of my side projects, The E-Book Gallery.

I really love Wordle.  It’s a free word cloud generator with enough font and color options to keep me happy.  It also gives you a count of word usage!  In one of my blogs, The eBook Gallery, I post monthly Wordles that are made from the titles of all the e-books purchased by the UCR Library.  The Wordle above represents about three year’s worth of e-book purchases, showing the most popular topics with our library users and subject specialists.


Meet my dog, Rocky.  He likes to destroy toys.  He’s even got a blog about it.

For reviews of dog toys, recipes, and other great stuff, check out Rocky’s Gallery of Destroyed Toys.


Project: Squirrel on the Trail

Posted: October 15, 2011 in Projects
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For hiking guides in the Southern California Area, visit my Squirrel on the Trail blog.