Four months have passed since my last post. Please forgive the long "radio silence". I will try to keep the content relatively fresh. I will try to post at least once a week.
Unlike my last post, this entry may seem very apolitical to some. I am on the last day of my Thanksgiving vacation/ early birthday celebration. Since last Tuesday, I've been vacationing in Chicago with a very old and close Nigerian friend and four other very friendly and easy-going Nigerians.
I often describe myself as "African American," but my time with my African brothers prompts me to question the hyphenated identity. How African is this African-American male librarian when he often feels alienated in the presence of men from the homeland? Perhaps I should just strike through the "African" in the title of my blog: The Professional Life of an
But that move seems to deny my ethnic heritage. Like my Nigerian friends, I am connected to Africa, even if I cannot understand African languages and cultures. Even if I am more culturally and linguistically connected to Western Europe/ America than to Africa.
What do James Bond, Doctor Who, and Martin Luther King, Jr's "I have a Dream" speech and I have in common? We all turn 50 this year. I cannot believe that I will celebrate 50 years of living. I honestly didn't think I would make it. Then again, I never thought I would be a librarian at this age.
And as you can see from my "selfie," I don't look anything like the stereotype on the left. That's because we librarians come in all shapes, sizes, genders, sexual orientations, etc. It's a wonderful thing.
I love all the benefits and challenges of being in this profession. Currently, I am applying to two doctoral programs in Michigan. I want to study what impact, if any, do collaborations between embedded librarians and first year writing instructors have on first year students' academic literacies. Within the next five years, I hope to have dual appointments at a mid-size to large research university. I would love to teach upper-level writing and rhetoric classes and to coordinate library instruction.
*Image from http://www.thedebutanteball.com/2009/11/19/