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Carol Collier Kuhlthau

Professor II Emerita
Department of Library and Information Science, Rutgers University
Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL)
50 Allison Road
Princeton, New Jersey 08540
kuhlthau@rutgers.edu
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Carol Collier Kuhlthau is Professor Emerita of Library and Information Science at Rutgers University where she directed the graduate program in school librarianship that has been rated number one in the country by U.S. News.  She achieved the rank of Professor II, a special rank at Rutgers requiring additional review beyond that for full professor. She also chaired the Department of Library and Information Science and was the founding director of the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL). She is internationally known for her groundbreaking research on the Information Search Process and for the ISP model of affective, cognitive and physical aspects in six stages of information seeking and use.  She has authored Seeking Meaning: A Process Approach to Library and Information Services and Teaching the Library Research Process and published widely in referred journals and edited volumes. Two new books, Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st Century and Guided Inquiry Design: A Framework for Inquiry in your School, authored with her daughters Leslie K. Maniotes and Ann K. Caspari are now available through Libraries Unlimited.

She has received numerous awards including: American Society of Information Science and Technology (ASIST) Research in Information Science Award; Association of Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Information Science and Library Education; Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) Kilgour Research Award; American Library Association (ALA) Shera Award for the Outstanding Research; Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Dudley Award; American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Distinguished Service Award; Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)Award for Outstanding Contributions to the School Library Media Field through Publishing, and Teaching.

Kuhlthau has held visiting appointments at the University of Tampere, Finland; University College of Boras, Sweden; University of Gothenburg, Sweden; The Royal School of Librarianship, Copenhagen, Denmark; Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil; National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan; Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan; Keio University, Tokyo, Japan; Doshisha University Kyoto, Japan; University of Leiden, The Haag Campus, The Netherlands; Aalborg University, Denmark; University of Technology, Sydney, Australia; Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia; School of Information Management and Systems at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia; University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong; Department of Information Management, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland; Fulbright Senior Specialist, University of Zadar, Croatia; University of Parma, Italy and University of Tallinn, Estonia.

 

 
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Guided Inquiry Design: A Framework for Inquiry in Your School

Written by: Carol C. Kuhlthau, Leslie K. Maniotes, and Ann K. Caspari

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Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st Century

Written by: Carol C. Kuhlthau, Leslie K. Maniotes, and Ann K. Caspari

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Available on ABC-CLIO.

 

A 2nd edition of Seeking Meaning: A Process Approach to Library and Information Services is available through Libraries Unlimited.

Available on Amazon and ABC-CLIO.

 

Highly cited JASIS article - Inside the Search Process: Information Seeking from the User's Perspective

 
Guided Inquiry: School Librarians in the 21st Century
 
  • Keynote speaker at the International Reading Literacy Symposium and the School Library Initiatives for Asia & Pacific (SLAP) GLOBALIS project with workshop leader, Leslie Maniotes, January 12-13, 2013, University of Tokyo, Japan. Keynote: “Children’s Reading in Guided Inquiry.”

  • University of Zadar, Croatia, Summer School in User Studies in the PhD Program in Knowledge Society and Information Transfer, April 11-14.  Keynote – “Building on the Classics: Current Trends in User Studies.” Lecture -  “Building a Research Agenda: Problems, Models, Theories.”  Workshop – “Operationalizing Research Results for Application in Services and Systems.” 2012.

  • University of Tampere, Finland, Summer School on Knowledge, Identity and Learning, for researchers in teacher education and information literacy, August 6-7, 2012.  Keynote “Guided Inquiry: A Framework for Independent Learning.”

  • International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Satellite preconference “The Road to Information Literacy: Librarians as Facilitators of Learning” organized by IFLA standing committees on Continuing Professional Development and the Workplace Learning and Information Literacy Section, in Tampere, Finland, August 8-10, 2012.  Keynote “Facilitating Learning through Guided Inquiry.”

  • University Tallinn, Estonia, Visiting Professor, Digital Library Learning International (DILLI) joint MA program, May 2011.

  • University Parma, Italy, Visiting Professor, Digital Library Learning International (DILLI) joint MA program, October 2010.

  • IASL 2009 in Padua, Italy. Preconference Workshop on August 31”Guided Inquiry: Strategies for Teaching the 21st Century Learner.” Plenary Address on September 2 “Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st Century.", August 31-September 4, 2009. Opening keynote address at the International Association of School Librarians conference in Padua, Italy on September 2, 2009.

  • AASL National Conference in Charlotte NC, Preconference Workshop “Using Guided Inquiry to Accomplish 21st Century Learner Standards” with Leslie Maniotes and Ann Caspari. Concurrent Session with Maniotes and Caspari “Guided Inquiry and AASL Standards = 21st Century Learning”, November 5-7, 2009.

  • University of Zadar, Croatia, Fulbright Senior Specialist, May 2009.

  • Lazerow Memorial Lecture, School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee October 8, 2008, Knoxville, Tennessee, “Guided Inquiry: Application of Information Seeking Research in pre K-12 Education.”

  • New Jersey Association for School Librarians (NJASL) Annual Fall Conference, November 14 and 15, 2008, “Guided Inquiry +AASL Standards = 21st Century Learning” with Leslie Maniotes and Ann Caspari.

  • Keynote at the Symposium on Social Aspects of Digital Libraries and Information Seeking at the National Taiwan University, December 11-12, 2008, “Individual in Community: Social Aspects of the ISP”.

  • “Considerations for learning in the 21st century.” Public lecture at the University of Gothenburg, Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction and Mediated Communication in Contemporary Society (LinCs), April 3, 2008.

  • “Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st century.” Keynote at Learning, Innovation and the use of Information conference, Aalborg University Library, Aalborg, Denmark, April 1-2, 2008.

  • “ISP Revisited: Is the ISP model still useful?” With Jannica Heinstrom and Ross Todd. Paper accepted for presentation at the Information Seeking in Context conference, Vilnius Lithuania, September 17, 2008.

  • "Information Search Process" an entry in the 3rd edition of the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences, edited by Marcia Bates and Mary Niles Maack. 2007.

  • Visiting Professor at the Department of Information Management, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland, June 2007.

  • Keynote Address at the i3 conference, "Building on Success" Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland, June 25, 2007. “From Information to Meaning: Confronting Challenges of the Twenty-first Century
    Libri,  8:2, 66-73, 2008.

  • The Lazerow Lecture at the University of Kentucky, School of Library and Information Science on April 2, 2007.

  • Professor Kuhlthau was awarded the American Society of Information Science and Technology, SIG USE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Information Behavior Research, 2006.

  • NJASL has honored Professor Kuhlthau for her contribution to school librarianship in NJ with lifetime membership.

Last Updated October 2013