School Library “Rock Star” to Join SC&I Faculty

An early adopter of helping children to create a “robust academic digital footprint,” Joyce Valenza, Ph.D., will join the School of Communication and Information (SC&I). Dubbed a “rock star librarian” by School Library Journal, Dr. Valenza will use her extensive experience in education and technology to lead courses in school media, social media and learning, and digital youth in SC&I’s undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. programs.

“At this challenging and exciting time for education and libraries, I am thrilled to join Rutgers’ dedicated faculty, and honored to be invited to contribute to the future of its highly respected school library media program,” said Dr. Valenza.

Dr. Valenza, a high school teacher-librarian at the Springfield Township High School Library since 1998, comes to SC&I in January 2014 with a wide array of research interests, including youth information seeking and communication behaviors in mediated and socially networked environments.

Library and Information Science Department Chair Marie L. Radford, Ph.D., expressed her excitement over Dr. Valenza joining the faculty in the department’s nationally ranked (#2) program in the School Library Media area.

“Dr. Valenza is an internationally recognized scholar in digital youth, technology and information literacy, with an impressive career as a school media specialist, author, researcher and dynamic speaker,” said Dr. Radford.

Dr. Valenza is eager to collaborate with Associate Professor and Director of the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) Ross Todd, Ph.D., in exploring critical research questions relating to libraries, young people and learning.

“Dr. Joyce Valenza is one of the most eminent school librarians whose research and professional practice has charted new territory for the future of school libraries,” said Dr. Todd.

Dr. Valenza, a former Philadelphia Inquirer tech columnist, speaks nationally about issues relating to libraries and thoughtful use of educational technology. She currently blogs for School Library Journal, is active in American Library Association, American Association of School Librarians, Young Adult Library Services Association, and International Society for Technology in Education, and contributes to VOYA, Technology and Learning. In 2011, Dr. Valenza earned the Edublog Awards Lifetime Achievement Award.