Ken Kurlychek earned an MLS from the University of Maryland’s College of Library and Information Sciences. Specializing in media services at UMD gave Ken the opportunity to develop skills in evaluating non-print media, online searching, library automation, database development, project management, and software evaluation.
Ken recognized the great potential of the World Wide Web in 1994 and began acquiring the skills needed to develop quality websites. He soon became the first full-time website developer on the campus of Gallaudet University. He was part of a three person team that won a CASE award for special website commemorating the “Deaf President Now” protest movement at Gallaudet.
Ken’s other passion, aside from information architecture, is sailing with his wife, Amy, aboard their Morgan 38-4, Mary T, on the Chesapeake Bay and beyond. During 2007-2008 they sailed first to Nova Scotia for the summer, then to the Bahamas for the Winter. In 2009 they sailed to Newfoundland as well as St. Pierre and Miquelon. Mary T and crew’s most recent voyage was in 2014-2015 first to Newfoundland for the summer then down to the western Caribbean for the winter. Their story is online at CruisingontheMaryT.com/current-blog.
Ken is able to continue developing and maintaining websites from any location due to the widespread availability of WiFi hotspots up and down the coast, as well as with his wireless broadband modem.
Navigation, whether on the water or the Web, is a constant source of fascination for Ken.