Sunday, January 14, 2007

5 things about me

OK, I have been tagged for this game several times now. However, since Sheila at the Information Literacy Weblog has tagged me I have no choice but to play now. This is an activity going round where bloggers give 5 things that people are not likely to know about them.

Here it goes:

1. I have a large collection of Dungeon & Dragons books in my home. At last count, it is over 300 with books from editions 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, and 3.5 as well as related publications from other publishers. I do not play. I just collect. It is a prominent feature of my personal library and it generates a lot of conversation when Julie and I host parties.

2. My 4 year old loves the game Candy Land. It has become a prominent fixture in family game night. I have learned that strategy does not exist in this game. Despite this, I always draw the plum late in the game to the delight of my boys. Watching either of them do a victory lap in the living room is worth the tedium of this game. I hope to focus this interest into Chess soon...

3. To my knowledge, I am the only librarian in the world who lettered in high school in football. More must exist but I have yet to meet one of them. I still watch a lot of games and I told my wife before she married me that it meant she would have to accept having the TV on football games a lot. Eleven years later, I am still married and watching football as often as possible. (To my international readers, this is American football and not soccer although I like to watch that as well sometimes.)

4. My first presidential ballot in 1988 went to Ron Paul of the Libertarian Party. My 1992 and 1996 ballots went to Ross Perot. I got over my idealism and have voted solidly Republican since then despite the disapproval of my librarian colleagues. However, I could go third party again in a future election. Gosh, every person I have voted for president is from Texas!

5. I am probably going to China this summer! I am attempting to replicate an information literacy study I did a few years back in Michigan with Chinese students in Beijing. It may not happen but the funding is lining up and I think it is going to go. As I am starting work on my doctoral dissertation on another topic, I will probably sit on the data until spring 2008 hoping for a 2009 or 2010 publication date. (Those peer reviewers sure do slow down the publication process.)

I am supposed to tag five other bloggers to keep this fun viral activity alive. As such, I am going to call out:

1 and 2. My colleagues at the American Presidents Blog. Go Jennie W. at Jennie's Rambles and elementaryhistoryteacher at History is Elementary.

3. Keith Tipton at ISTP Dad. I know you may not go for this but your blog is worthy so I am going to tag you anyway.

4 and 5. David Noon at Axis of Evel Knievel and William J. Turkel at Digital History Hacks.


Sheila Webber said...

Thanks Michael! Wow - 300 books on D&D counts as a substantial collection!

Have you got a reference for the Michigan study? (I'm being lazy here., I expect I could could just look up your CV). We have a good number of Chinese students, particularly taking our Masters in Info Management & in Information Systems (one of them commented on my blog a few days ago!), but I've never been to China.


M said...

My Michigan study was published in “The Land of Confusion? High School Students and Their Use of the Web for Research.” Research Strategies 18, no. 2 (2001): 151-163. The article actually came out in early 2003 despite the backdating of the journal.

An unreferred version of the paper is at

Yeah, I am excited about China too. It is going to work out and I am going to interview the students on how they use the Web for research. :]

EHT said...

Thanks for tagging me. I have my list up.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, I can't help you with the football letter. My letters were in wrestling and track, and I later played semi-pro hockey in Europe. Pretty butch, but not football, alas. Your search continues.

Jennie W said...

I just put mine up as well...but I'm telling you right now, I had a tough time coming up with things...I guess I just figure I'm an open book. :)

KC said...

OK pal. I'll post in a few minutes on my blog.