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Joyce Valenza

About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

Considering and teaching privacy with help from Library Freedom Institute

At ALA Midwinter, privacy was a major theme. It was a presence across sessions and on the exhibit floor. In fact, LITA’s Top Tech Trends panel changed its pattern of asking folks to simply choose their favorite trends to transforming the panel to a conversation exclusively focused on privacy issues. At that session and on […]

Rally to Restore Philadelphia School Librarians: Responses, reflections, and resources

The rally Led by PSLA leaders, Deb Kachel and Cathi Fuhrman and Robin Burns, with the expert guidance of EveryLibrary’s John Chrastka and Patrick Sweeney, supporters from around the city and around the country gathered in front of the School District of Philadelphia Administration Building. The goal was to bring attention to the fact that […]

Super Bowl Literacy: For post-game learning

This week presents an opportunity to host a different kind of post-game show in our classrooms and libraries. You may want to prepare to revisit SB LIV with many of the videos, data, instructional resources, scaffolds, and portals available to support some engaging media literacy experiences. To get started, Super Bowl Ads.com offers a handy […]

Creative Commons: So much easier to access

Creative Commons recently released a new Chrome extension (also available for Mozilla and Opera) that makes it easier than ever to discover Creative Commons-licensed images on the fly, using the updated CC Search released last year. So, as I write this post, I do not have to leave WordPress or any tab on which I am currently working. […]

If you’re coming to MidWinter, make your visit count! Rally to Restore Philadelphia School Librarians

It is really unconscionable that now many students have graduated from Philadephia city schools without ever experiencing a visit to a school library or learned from a school librarian. While students in nearby largely suburban schools regularly engage in information-rich learning opportunities and access to a wide variety of high-quality resources, others do not. This […]

The case for strategic planning

It’s like making resolutions, but it’s all about measuring your progress toward keeping them. In practice, I regret that didn’t create formal plans. I did write at least three goals each year and I reported on my progress. Those goals moved my program forward and moved me beyond simply making short-sighted hunches that I was […]

Reimagining the author visit: a statewide approach

Every once in a while you discover a confluence of opportunity. This happened when a team of librarians and educators in New Jersey discovered that Jacqueline Woodson, the Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature was visiting our state for two events.

Netflix: honing your search using secret genre codes

Planning to hunker down with the family and do a little streaming this holiday season? Here’s a hack that may eliminate the crazy scrolling for consensus and promote domestic tranquillity. If you are a Netflix subscriber, instead of randomly browsing through endless horizontal lines of broad category options, there’s a way to bypass the scrolling […]

Teaching with Ken Burns in the Classroom

For more than 40 years, we’ve been privileged to tour history through the rich and creative lens of Ken Burns and his collaborators. The renowned documentarian now presents new ways to incorporate his body of work into learning experiences in our classrooms and libraries. Ken Burns describes the importance of the UNUM project: UNUM is […]

#notatAASL, no worries!

I was among the fortunate who were able to attend the AASL National Conference in Louisville this week. We are all fortunate that a dedicated and hardworking social media squad had our backs.  So whether you suffered FOMO over sessions you couldn’t fit in, or couldn’t get into, or if you couldn’t attend onsite, you are covered. […]