Hello. My name is Nicole and if you are on this page chances are you probably know me. If not, you can get to know me by reading this blog or looking at my totally awesome 2016 Academic Curriculum Vitae.
I’m interested in:
Information behaviour, information literacy, culture, critical thinking, knowledge transmission, non-Western contexts, cognitive psychology, quality of life, information poverty, library services and outreach, children’s librarianship
I’m originally a Chicago girl, but haven’t lived in the USA for nearly 15 years, having spent time in France, Benin, Montreal, New Zealand, and a few other countries here and there. In addition to my professional pursuits, I also enjoy cooking, eating and drinking (especially cookies and tea), cycling, environmentalism, sewing, knitting, general domesticity and creative but practical endeavours.
You may contact me by e-mail at: nicoleg |a| riseupnet
I also maintain a professional academic eportfolio website at http://nmgaston.weebly.com.
About this blog
This is the place where I share with the world every intimate detail of my pretty boring day-to-day life. This blog is my little corner of internet vanity where I allow myself to believe that people actually care about a dress I sewed or some cookies I baked.
I initially created this blog to keep my family and friends up-to-date with my experiences as I embarked upon a journey to the other side of the planet. From 2008 – 2009 I spent a year working with the National University of Laos in Vientiane, doing capacity building at the university’s library. The earliest entries in the blog chronicle that year. My work in Laos was graciously coordinated by the fantastic Professor Gary Gorman, in affiliation with the IFLA-ALP (International Federation of Library Association’s Action for development through Libraries Programme).
Two years later, I embarked again upon a new journey to the other side of the planet, and moved to Wellington, New Zealand.
In March 2016 I resigned from my faculty position as lecturer in Information Studies at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand to take up a 12 month role as a library trainer with the St. Lucia Public Library.