I was raised and educated in Alberta. I completed my PhD in 1992—a University of Alberta Individual Program, offered jointly by the School of Library and Information Studies and the Department of Educational Administration. I also hold a Master of Library Science, a Diploma in Education in School Libraries, and a BEd in Secondary Social Studies. Before coming to the Faculty of Education in 1986, I worked as a classroom teacher and a teacher-librarian in Edmonton Public Schools. I served as Chair of the Department of Elementary Education for ten years. I was the team leader for the initial development of the Teacher-Librarianship by Distance Learning (MEd). Throughout my professional career, I have been actively involved in school library association work at the international level, as well as more locally. I served as President of the Learning Resources Council of the Alberta Teachers' Association and of the Canadian School Library Association. I was the first editor of School Libraries Worldwide, the peer-reviewed research journal of the International Association of School Librarianship.