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Dr. Joyce Valenza (PA '97)

Associate Professor and Coordinator of the School Librarianship Concentration

Rutgers University, School of Communication and Information
New Brunswick, NJ

At the time of the Award, Dr. Joyce Valenza was:

Wissahickon High School
Ambler, PA

Grade(s): 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Biographical Information

After 25 years of joyful practice as a teacher librarian in K12 education, and several more as a public and special librarian, Dr. Valenza has joined the faculty of Rutgers University where Dr. Valenza prepares future librarians to lead cultures of literacy and engage communities.

Dr. Valenza wrote the NeverendingSearch Blog for School Library Journal (now on hiatus) and contribute to several other library and edtech publications. Dr. Valenza speaks globally about the thoughtful use of technology in learning and the power of librarians to lead.

Dr. Valenza's research interests include: school librarianship, youth information seeking, educational technology, social media curation, OER, emerging literacies, social media and online communities of practice.

Dr. Valenza is active in AASL, ALA, ALISE and ISTE.

Additional Information


2007 Ph.D. Information Science- University of North Texas

1975 State University of New York - Binghamton, B.A.

Journalism, Libraries, State Standards, Technology