Dr Joyce Valenza

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Joyce Kasman Valenza, teacher-librarian at Springfield Township (PA) High School, has been studying and writing about young people, technology and information fluency for more than twenty years. She has worked in special, public, and school libraries. For ten years, Joyce wrote the techlife@school column for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Joyce authored books on information skills for ALA Editions and Information Today and developed several video series for Schlessinger Media. Joyce currently writes the award-winning NeverendingSearch Blog for School Library Journal and also writes VOYA’s Technology Tag Team column.

Joyce earned her doctoral degree from the University of North Texas in 2007. She developed and currently teaches online for Mansfield University's SL&IT program.

Joyce was awarded the AASL/Highsmith research grant in 2005. She 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’s100@30 and was recently honored with the 2011 Edublogs Award for Lifetime Achievement. This year, Joyce presented a TEDxPhillyEd talk at Wharton University. She is active in ALA, AASL, YALSA, and ISTE and speaks internationally about issues relating to libraries and thoughtful use of educational technology.

Her research interests include: virtual libraries as digital/mobile learning spaces, digital collection curation, transliteracy, digital storytelling and creativity, youth information-seeking behavior, online communities of practice, digital youth and new media, and the evolving role of the teacher-librarian.

Joyce considers herself a mother and founder of the TL Geek tribe and #tlchat.

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