After completely 25 years of practice as a school librarian, and several more as a public and special librarian, Dr. Valenza joined the faculty of Rutgers University, where she is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the School Library Concentration.
For ten years, Joyce was the techlife@school columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer. She is the co-author of Social Media Curation, and author of Power Tools, Power Research Tools, and Power Tools Recharged for ALA Editions.
Joyce was honored as AASL's Social Media Leadership Luminary in 2017. She is a Milken Educator, a Google-certified teacher, and an American Memory Fellow. She was selected as one of Technology and Learning's 100@30 and was awarded an Edublogs Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.
Joyce writes the NeverendingSearch Blog for School Library Journal, contributes to several other library and edtech publications and speaks globally about information literacy, thoughtful use of technology in learning and the power of librarians to lead. She is currently a Co-PI in the IMLS-funded RSIC study: Researching students’ information choices: Determining identity and judging credibility in digital spaces.
Her research interests include school librarianship, information literacy, youth information seeking, educational technology, social media curation, OER, emerging literacies, social media and online communities of practice.
Joyce is active in AASL, ALA, ALISE, ISTE.