My research interests include libraries and information science. Lately I've taken an interest in how artificial intelligence might be used to improve the success of undergraduate researchers working on papers and projects for their courses. I am also interested in what libraries can learn from scholarly research in e-commerce.
I have edited or authored several books and articles related to the literature of the American West and to children's literature.
Before I came to UC Merced, I worked as a librarian at the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library, the University of Houston Library, and the New Mexico State University Library. I earned my M.A. in English and my Master of Library and Information Studies degrees from UC Berkeley. In between my Berkeley years, I taught composition and American Literature at Boise State University, and way back when I worked as a fire fighter for the U.S. Forest Service. I earned a B.A. in English from Boise State University.