I am a green-card-carrying resident alien, born in Toronto and raised in Montreal. I have a BA (linguistics) and an MA (library science) from McGill, and a PhD in information transfer from Syracuse. I have been teaching in the library and information science program at Simmons College in Boston since 1980 (I am on the older side of the demographic) and I introduced many of the tech courses there (web design, database management, information architecture, digital libraries, and our "boot camp" tech competency), usually before they were standard elements of any LIS curriculum. Along with the IT department (which consisted of a wonderful guy named Brian), I created the first Web site for my program (and myself) in the early 90s. Outside of work, my passions are Middle-earth, roots music (specifically western and northern European), red pandas, and travel.