Joyce Valenza has been a school, public, reference, and special librarian. For ten years, Joyce was the techlife@school columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer. She writes the NeverEndingSearch blog for School Library Journal, contributes to a variety of edtech journals, speaks internationally about issues relating to libraries and thoughtful use of technology. Joyce is active in ISTE, ALISE, AASL, ALA, YALSA and online communities of practice.
University of North Texas
Ph.D., Information Science
M.L.S., School Library Specialization and Educational Supervision
Queens College CUNY
M.L.S., Academic Library Specialty
Joyce Valenza’s research and teaching interests include digital literacies, social media, social media curation, technology and learning, digital libraries, school libraries, and youth and social media. She is currently engaged in an IMLS-funded study of student credibility decision making when faced with a STEM research prompt.
Centers, Labs, and Clusters
- Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL)
- Social Media & Society Cluster
- SC&I Youth Cluster
Institute of Museum and Library Services, "Researching Students’ Information Choices: Determining Identity and Judging Credibility in Digital Spaces," IMLS National Leadership Grant, co-PI (with partners University of Florida and OCLC), September 2015
Valenza, J. K., & Stephens, W. S. (2015). Challenging Channels: School Librarians & Evolving Literacies. Media Literacy, 62(3&4). pp. 28-38.
Valenza, J.K. (2016 in process) Reimagining School Libraries to Lead Future Learning.
Valenza, J.K. Evolving with Evidence: Leveraging New Tools for EPB. LEVERAGING NEW TOOLS FOR EBP Knowledge Quest43.3 (Jan/Feb 2015): 36-43.
Valenza, J. K., & Stephens, W. (2012). Reading Remixed. Educational leadership, 69(6), 75-78.
Valenza, J. K. (2007). Discovering a descriptive taxonomy of attributes of exemplary school library websites. University of North Texas.
Awards & Recognitions
Joyce Valenza is a Milken Educator, a Google Certified Teacher, and a Library of Congress American Memory Fellow. She was selected as one of Technology and Learning’s 100@30 and was awarded an AASL/Highsmith research grant. Her Twitter chat, #tlchat, her blog, and the online communities of practice have been honored with Edublogs Awards. She received an Edublogs Award for Lifetime Achievement and was named by The Teach 100 as a Top Educator Influencer on Twitter in 2016. Her Virtual Library won IASL’s School Library Web Page of the Year Award. She has won the Pennsylvania School Library Association’s Outstanding Program and Outstanding Contributor Awards.
- Information Literacy
- Online Communities
- New Media Literacy
- Community Engagement
- Critical Thinking
- School Libraries
- Social Media
- Social Networks