In 2020, I’m writing a quarterly column, ‘Scripturient’, exploring the limits of literacy for the UK’s Information Professional magazine. You can read the first instalment, on futures literacy and risk literacy, here. The second instalment, on finding ways to read and rewrite the dynamics of our personal relationships, is here.
With Marie Mahon of NUI Galway, in October 2020 I co-wrote pieces for The Conversation and RTÉ’s Brainstorm exploring the early products of the IMAJINE project, which seeks to address the future of regional inequality in Europe.
‘Never assume the future will be an extension of the past’, my interview with the Saïd Business School’s Trudi Lang, appeared in Australia’s public sector leadership magazine The Mandarin in April 2020. It’s behind a paywall, but you can also read the full text here at my site.
“We can’t predict the future, but scenario planning can identify what it might look like” appeared in The Mandarin in December 2019. It’s behind a paywall, but you can also read the full text here at my site.
“How public libraries can help us prepare for the future” appeared in The Conversation in July 2019.
“Scenario planning in public libraries”, a discussion with Professor Rafael Ramirez of Oxford University’s Said Business School, appeared in the September 2018 issue of Public Library Quarterly.
My 2016-2017 project Marvellous, Electrical captured strange tales, secret histories, and local stories from Australia, New Zealand, and beyond. You can read the complete collection online as a Google Map of geolocated texts.
I reviewed Darran Anderson’s Imaginary Cities for Australian literary journal The Lifted Brow in November 2017. You can read “Where Do We Dream Ourselves Next?” at the Brow website.
“Professional Development in the Land of Fiction“, my piece on using stories and play in training and strategic innovation, appeared in the April 2017 issue of Library Life. Download a PDF of the article here.
In 2017, I wrote “Mums, Dogs, and Inmates”, a three-part series on digital life for The Writing Platform; the series was a successor to “What Are You Playing At?” and “Where Do You Find Yourself?” – two prior pieces on digital literature and community outreach for the same outlet.
I also wrote an occasional column for The Library as Incubator Project until the Project wound up in 2017. The final instalment, “A Romance on Three Legs“, explored the afterlife of Glenn Gould’s beloved piano Steinway CD 318.
In May 2016, I wrote “Hit The Library, Get A Drink, Start A Riot” for Fairfax Media’s The Vocal.
You can buy the 2015 Library Innovation Toolkit from ALA Editions – I co-wrote the chapter on youth outreach with Tracie Mauro.
‘Pushing the Limits: Play, Pressure, and Public Librarianship‘ (PDF) appeared in the May 2015 issue of British library magazine CILIP Update. Another CILIP Update piece, ‘Crisis and Consequence‘ (PDF), explored librarians’ responses to the earthquakes which struck Christchurch, New Zealand in 2010-11.
My review of Nick Sousanis’ Unflattening was in the May 2015 Brooklyn Rail. I’d previously reviewed Nnedi Okorafor’s Young Adult novel Akata Witch for the Rail, and interviewed Nnedi about her work.
In January 2015, I wrote on Hasbro’s Transformers for The Cultural Gutter, a Canadian website devoted to disreputable art. I previously wrote a piece for them commemorating the life of the late Ernest Borgnine.
I wrote about Auckland Libraries’ Dark Night Burlesque Festival for the Backtalk column in the July 2014 issue of US Library Journal.
‘Less Like a Lesson, and More Like an Adventure: Learning, Libraries, and the Zombie Apocalypse’ appeared in the 2013 volume of the American journal Reference and User Services Quarterly. Thanks to the wonders of open access, you can read a proof copy of the article for free here.
‘Why Are Zombies So Good For Libraries?’ appeared on the School Library Journal’s media literacy blog Connect the Pop in June 2013.
‘Finnish Lessons for Kiwi Schools?’, my article on the Finnish education system, appeared in the September 2012 New Zealand Education Gazette.
The July/August 2012 edition of Australasian Science magazine featured my piece on scientists who have tattoos of their own research. I also wrote about science tattoos and Carl Zimmer’s book Science Ink for Australian National University’s ScienceWise magazine.
I’ve written articles on gender and pop culture for Role/Reboot – a January 2012 review of the American TV show Justified, and a February 2012 piece on elementary schooling and the comic book Daredevil.
From 2011-2012, I wrote for the New Zealand Education Gazette on comics and education. Find out more via the comicsedu tag on my site.
My article on education initiatives in the UK cafe trade appeared in the February 2011 Essential Cafe magazine.
I’ve written on Austria for the Insight series of travel guides. I contributed to the 6th Insight Guide to Austria and co-wrote the original Insight SmartGuide to Salzburg. My academic work on the history of Austria includes an article for the journal Central Europe, ‘Vienna 1900 as Lieu-de-mémoire’, and reviews for East European Jewish Affairs.
From 2007-2008 I reviewed gigs by up-and-coming bands for the BBC’s in-house blog Ariel.