February Member Profile


February’s Member Profile is of William Badke, Associate Librarian for Associated Canadian Theological Schools and Information Literacy at Trinity Western University, Langley, BC, Canada.

What is something people would be surprised if they knew about you?
I am remarkably devoid of hobbies and other diversion except for a strong love of movies. My work is entertainment enough, especially when I am exploring new ideas.

What would you be if you weren’t a librarian?
A fiction writer. Having published a few fairly unsuccessful novels, I know I would probably starve if I dropped everything to write. But I love the process, which brings people into existence right out of my mind and then puts them in trouble so that I can rescue them (or not).

What are you most excited to be working on right now?
Following upon publication of two new editions of my books, Research Strategies: Finding your Way through the Information Fog and Teaching Research Processes: The Faculty Role in the Development of Skilled Student Researchers (both March 2021), I have been working on Disciplinary Enculturation, the process by which students move from being tourists in their disciplines to becoming fully engaged citizens or at least permanent residents. This isa key element of information literacy that is not getting enough attention.

What does Reconciliation mean to you?
Reconciliation is often a misnomer, because in many situations we never had a relationship (or we had a negative relationship) with those we have othered. The heart of reconciliation is recognizing that we humans have more in common than our points of disagreement. It is an unbelievable arrogant and false activity to put ourselves above our fellow humans based on criteria like race and status. Humility and concern for others brings us together. Librarians can be leaders in fostering a meeting of minds and hearts.

Weigh in: is CAPAL pronounced ‘capple’ or ‘ca-pal’?
Like apple. Could there really be any question about that?

Twitter account: @Williambadke

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