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Honors (Selected)

  • American Library Association Jesse Shera Award for Outstanding Research, 1989
  • Lazerow Distinguished Lectureship, Department of Library and Information Science, University of California, 1995
  • Educational Media Association of New Jersey President’s Award, 1997
  • Association of College and Research Libraries, Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award, 2000
  • American Association of School Librarians Distinguished Service Award, 2000
  • New Jersey Association of College and Research Libraries Distinguished Service Award, 2001
  • Library and Information Technology Association Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology, 2002
  • Association for Library and Information Science Education Award for Professional Contribution to Library and Information Science Education, 2004
  • American Society of Information Science and Technology Research in Information Science Award for Outstanding Research Contributions in the Field of Information Science, 2005
  • New Jersey Association of School Librarians Carol Kuhlthau Leadership Award established in 2005 given each year to a graduating Rutgers MLIS student specializing in School Librarianship
  • American Society of Information Science and Technology, SIG USE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Information Behavior Research, 2006
  • New Jersey Association of School Librarians Life Membership, 2006
  • Lazerow Distinguished Lectureship, University of Kentucky, 2007
  • Lazerow Distinguished Lectureship, University of Tennessee, 2008
  • Fulbright Senior Specialist to Department of Library Science, University of Zadar, Croatia, May 2009
  • 2013 American Society of Information Science & Technology Merit Award

Publications (selected)

Books Authored

  • Guided Inquiry Design: A Framework for Inquiry in Your School. With Leslie K. Maniotes and Ann K. Caspari, Libraries Unlimited, 2012.
  • Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st Century. With Leslie Maniotes and Ann
    Caspari, Libraries Unlimited, 2007.
  • Seeking Meaning: A Process Approach to Library and Information Services. Norwood, NJ: Ablex, 1993. Second ed. Libraries Unlimited, 2004.
  • Inquiry-based Learning: Lessons from Library Power. with Jean Donham, Kay Bishop, and Dianne Oberg, Linworth Publishing, 2001.
  • Teaching the Library Research Process. 2nd edition, Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow press, 1994.Swedish translation 2006 by Annika Aringer and Marianne Auby. Portuguese translation 2009 by Bernadete Campello, et. Al., 2009.
  • School Librarians’ Grade-by-Grade Activities Program. Nyack, NY: The Center for Applied Research in Education, 1981. Second ed., in Portuguese with Bernadete Campello,et.al.,2002.

Scholarly Journal Articles

  • “A Process Approach to Library Skills Instruction” School Library Media Quarterly 13 (1) 1985, pp. 35-40. Selected for reprint in The EmergingSchool Library Media Program: Readings Libraries Unlimited, 1988, 220-227.
  • “An Emerging Theory of Library Instruction.” School Library Media Quarterly 16 (1) 1987, pp. 23-28. Selected for reprint in Information Literacy: Learning How to Learn American Library Association, 1991.
  • “Cognitive Development and Student’s Research.” School Library Journal 13(11) 1987, p. 46. Selected for reprint in The Best of School Library Journal 40th Anniversary Publication, Neal-Schuman, 1997.
  • “Perception of the Information Search Process in Libraries: A Study of Changes from High School Through College.” Information Processing and Management 24(4) 1988, pp. 419-427.
  • “Longitudinal Case Studies of the Information Search Process of Users in Libraries.” Library and Information Science Research 10 (3) 1988, pp. 257-304.
    “Meeting the Information Needs of Children and Young Adults: Basing Library Media Programs on Developmental Stages.” Journal of Youth Services 2 (1) 1988, pp. 51-57.
  • “Developing a Model of the Library Search Process: Investigation of Cognitive and Affective Aspects.” Reference Quarterly 28 (2) 1988, pp. 232-242.
  • “The Information Search Process of High-, Middle-, and Low-AchievingHigh School Seniors.” School Library Media Quarterly 28 (2) 1989, pp. 224-228.
  • “The Information Search Process: A Summary of Research and Implications for School Library Media Programs.” School Library Media Quarterly 18 (5) 1989, pp. 19-25. Selected for reprint in Information Literacy: Learning How to Learn American Library Association, 1991.
  • “The Information Search Process: From Theory to Practice.” Journal of Education for Library and Information Science 31 (1) 1990, pp. 72-75.
  • “Validating a Model of the Search Process: a Comparison of Academic, Public, and School Library Users.” with Betty J. Turock, Mary W. George, and Robert J. Belvin. Library and Information Science Research 12 (1) 1990, pp.5-32. Selected for reprint in Library Literature 21: The Best of 1990, Scarecrow Press.
  • “Inside the Search Process: Information Seeking from the User’s Perspective.” Journal of the American Society for Information Science 42 (5) 1991, pp. 361-371.
  • “Tiedonhankinnan Tutkimuksesta: Kasitteellisia ja Methodolgisia Nakokohtia.” [Research in Information Seeking: Conceptual and Methodological Perspectives]. Kirjastotiede ja Informatiikka 11(3) 1992, pp. 79-85.
  • “Implementing a Process Approach to Information Skills: a Study Identifying Indicators of Success in Library Media Programs.” School Library Media Quarterly 22 (1) 1993, pp 11-18. Selected for reprint in Sustaining the Vision: a Collection of Articles and Papers on Research in School Librarianship in Honor of Jean E. Lowrie edited by Laurel A Clyde. International Association of School Librarianship, 1996, pp. 89-98.
  • “A Principle of Uncertainty for Information Seeking.” Journal of Documentation 49 (4) 1993, pp. 339-355.
  • “The Information Search Process in Science Education.” with Mary Jane McNally. Reference Librarian 44, 1994, pp. 53-60.
  • “Students and the Information Search Process: Zones of Intervention for Librarians.” Advances in Librarianship 18, 1994, pp. 57-72.
  • “Impact of the Information Search Process Model on Library Services.” Reference Quarterly 34 (1) 1994, pp. 21-26.
  • “The Instructional Role of the Library Media Specialist in the InformationAgeSchool.” Information for a New Age: Redefining the Librarian American Library Association Library Instruction Roundtable 15th Anniversary Publication. Libraries Unlimited, 1995, pp. 47-54.
  • “The Process of Learning from Information.” School Libraries Worldwide: Journal of the International Assocaition of School Librarianship 1(1) 1995, pp. 1-12. Reprinted in Finnish, “Informaatiosta Oppimisen Prosessi” Kipinoita Oppimiseen Kirjasto Oppimisen Tukena 1996, pp. 7-13.
  • “An Uncertainty Principle for Information Seeking: a Qualitative Approach.” Encyclopedia of Microcomputers 19, 1996, pp. 69-81. Selected for reprint in Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science 61, 1997.
  • “Learning in Digital Libraries: An Information Search Process Approach.” Library Trends 45 (4) 1997, pp. 707-723.
  • “Literacy and Learning in the Information Age” Emanations, Spring 1999, pp. 3-11.
    “Accommodating the User’s Information Search Process: Challenges for Information Retrieval system Designers,” Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science, 50th Anniversary Special issue on Information Seeking and Finding,25, 3, 1999, pp. 12-16.
  • “The Role of Experience in the Information Search Process of an Early Career Information Worker: Perceptions of Uncertainty, Complexity, Construction, and Sources,” Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 50, 5, 1999, pp. 399-412.
  • “Opportunities for Student Learning in Library Power Schools.” School Libraries Worldwide, 5, 2, 1999, pp. 80-96.
  • “Information Search Process of Lawyers: A Call for ‘Just for Me’ Information Services.” With Stephanie Tama. Journal of Documentation 57, 1, 2001, pp. 25-43.
  • “Toward collaboration between information seeking research and information retrieval” Information Research: an International electronic journal, 10:2, 2005.
  • “The development of the Model of the Information Search Process (ISP) exerpts from the Lazerow Lecture, University of Kentucky, ASIST Bulletin, 33:5, 2007.
  • “Reflections on uncertainty.” Information Processing and Management, Special Issue edited by Theresa Anderson, 2008.
  • “From Information to Meaning: Confronting Challenges of the Twenty-first Century.” Libri 58 (2008), pp. 66-79.
  • “The Information Search Process revisited: Is the model still useful?” With Heinstrom, J. and Todd, R. J. Information Research: an international electronic journal 13(4) 2008.
  • “Information Search Process,”  Encyclopedia or Library and Information Sciences. Edited by Marcia Bates and Mary Niles Maack, Taylor Francis, 2009.
  • Guided Inquiry for School Libraries in the 21st Century.  School Libraries Worldwide, 2010.
  • Research Matters: The Long Reach of the Model of the ISP. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults (JRLYA), 2012.

Lectures (Selected)

  • “The Information Search Process: Skills for Life-long Learning.” John P. and Alice McCarthy Commons Centennial Lectureship in Children’s Librarianship, The University of Texas at Austin, February 1, 1993.
  • “A Theoretical Framework for School Librarianship: A Vision for the Future.” Swedish School of Library and Information Science, University College of Boras, March 18, 1993.
  • “Accreditation Standards for Library Education in United States and Canada.” Swedish School of Library and Information Science, University College of Boras, March 19,
    1993.
  • “A Principle of Uncertainty for Library and Information Studies.” PhD. seminar at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, March 21, 1993.
  • “Information Search Process: Report of Research into the User’s Perspective of Information Seeking.” The Royal School of Librarianship, Copenhagen, Denmark, March 31, 1993.
  • “Zones of Intervention: A Concept for Library and Information Services.” The Royal School of Librarianship, Copenhagen, Denmark, April 1, 1993.
  • “Seeking Meaning: A Process Approach.” Seminar at the Department of elementary Education, University of Alberta, Canada, May 5, 1993.
  • “A New Generation of Library Media Specialists: Where Student Learning is the Goal.” Moderator for Panel at the National Conference of the American Association of School Librarians, Indianapolis, November 11, 1994.
  • Assessment and the School Library Media Center,” with Elspeth Goodin and Mary Jane McNally. Educational Media Association of New Jersey Annual Conference, New Brunswick, NJ, December 4, 1994
  • “An Uncertainty Principle for Library and Information Services.” The Lazerow Lecture Sponsored by the Institute for Scientific Information, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, March 7, 1995.
  • “A Process Approach to Library and Information Services,” School of Library and Information Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, March 10, 1995.
  • “Restructuring the School Library Program for the Information Age.” Educational Media Association of New Jersey, Annual Fall Conference, Long Branch, December 3, 1995.
  • “The Role of the School Librarian in the Age of Technology.” New Jersey Association of Independent Schools, Montclair Kimberly Academy, February 7, 1996.
  • “The Concept of Process in Information Studies.” Ph.D. seminar, University of Tampere, Finland, August 13, 1996.
  • “The Influence of Uncertainty on the Information Behavior of a Securities Analyst.” Information Seeking in Contexts Conference, University of Tampere, Finland, August 14, 1996.
  • “The Relation of Information and Uncertainty in Information Seeking.” with Nolan Ledet. Second International Conference on Conceptions of Library and Information Science: Integration in Perspective, Royal School of Librarianship. Copenhagen, Denmark, October 16, 1996, pp. 367-376.
  • “The Concept of a Zone of Intervention for Identifying the Role of Intermediaries in the Information Search Process.” Global Complexity:Information, Chaos and Control, American Society for Information Science (ASIS) Annual Meeting, October 22, 1996,
    pp. 91-94.
  • “Meaning, Authority, and Practice Interdisciplinary Approaches.’ with Mary K. Chelton, Gary Radford, and Marie Radford, Library Research Seminar, Florida State University, November 2, 1996.
  • “Literacy in the Information Age School” and “A New Vision for Library Media Specialists Where Student Learning is the Goal.” European Council of International Schools Fall Conference, Nice, France, November 22, and 23, 1996.
  • “Instructional interventions for Information Use:Research for Practice,”Keynote Address, Treasure Mountain IV Research Retreat, Portland, OR, March 31, 1997.
  • “Concept and Theory Building in Library and Information Science Research.” Seminar for Ph.D. students from six countries (Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Russia, and Estonia) with Pertti Vakkari and Marti Kuokkanen at the Department of Information Studies, University of Tampere, Finland, August 18-22, 1997.
  • “Learning From Research” sponsored by the College and University Library Division of the Arizona Library Association, Annual Conference, Phoenix, November 7, 1997.
  • “The Changing Role and Look of the School Library” Keynote at the Conference on the Future of School Libraries, The New Jersey School Development Council, Rutgers University, December 4, 1997.
  • “A Process Approach to Bibliographic Instruction” Keynote for Annual Conference on Teaching Strategies for Bibliographic Instruction, New Jersey Library Association, College and University Section, User Education Committee, The College of New Jersey, April 16, 1998.
  • “The Role of the Library in the Information Age School” Keynote for the 25th Anniversary Conference of the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association, Hershey, PA, May 1, 1998.
  • “Learning in Libraries’ American Association of School Librarians Annual Conference Program, Expert Reactor Panel, Washington, DC, June 9, 1999.
  • “Investigating Patterns in Information Seeking:Concepts in Context” Keynote at Information Seeking In Context (ISIC) Conference, University of Sheffield, UK, August 15, 1998.
  • “Learning in School Libraries” Keynote at the seminar on the future of libraries in schools in Brazil, School of Library and Information Science at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, October, 1998.
  • “Perspectives on Research in School Library Media Centers” School of Library and Information Science at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, October, 1998.
  • “Research on the Information Search Process” School of Library and Information Science at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, October, 1998.
  • “Some Perspectives on Research in Information Seeking Behavior.”Department of Library and Information Studies, Shih Hsin University, Taipei, Taiwan, May 1999.
  • “Current Issues in Research Related to Information Literacy.” Department of Library and Information Science, National Taiwan University, Taipei, May 1999.
  • ” Literacy and Learning for the Information Age.” Keynote at the International Conference on Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, May 1999.
  • “Collaboration in the Learning Process:Challenges for Librarians in the Information Age University” at an Information Literacy Conference sponsored by the Workshop on Instruction in Library Use (WILU) at Mc Gill University in Montreal Canada on May 20, 1999.
  • “The Role of the School Library in the Learning Process.” Keynote at the Canadian School Library Association annual conference in Toronto on June 18, 1999.
  • “Designing Library Media Programs Based on Inquiry for Learning in the Information Age School.” Educational Media Association of NJ Fall Conference, October 25, 1999.
  • “Stages of the Information Search Process: Creating Strategies for Effective Research Assignments.” University of Arizona, February 4, 2000.
  • “Information and Information Seeking of Novice versus Expert Lawyers: How Experts Add Value” with Charles Cole, Information Seeking in Context (ISIC) Conference, University of Gothenborg, Sweden, August 16, 2000.
  • “Information Seeking for Learning: a Study of Librarians’ Perceptions of Learning in School Libraries” with Mary Jane McNally, Information Seeking in Context (ISIC) Conference, University of Gothenborg, Sweden, August 17, 2000.
  • “Libraries and Learning in the Information Age School.” Keynote lecture in seminar series on Library Cultures: Exploring Dimensions of Change, School of Information and the University Library, University of Michigan, September 20, 2000.
  • “Meeting the Core Curriculum Standards through Inquiry-Based Learning” with Malore Brown, Educational Media Association of New Jersey Annual Fall Conference, Cherry Hill, NJ, October 22, 2000.
  • “Beneath the Surface: How Library Users Experience the Research Process” Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School, February 8, 2001.
  • “The Information Search Process (ISP): A Search for Meaning Rather than Answers” Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, March 2001.
  • “The Information Search Process (ISP): From the User’s Perspective” Doshisha University in Koyoto, Japan, March 2001.
  • “Rethinking Libraries for the Information Age School: Vital Roles in Inquiry Learning,” Keynote Address, International Association of School Librarianship, Auckland, New Zealand, July 2001.
  • “From Web Surfing to Web Seeking: An Inquiry-Based Approach,” with Ross Todd, American Association of School Librarians Tenth national Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana, November 2001.
  • “Panel on Accreditation,” American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) annual conference, Washington,D.C., November 2001.
  • “Longitudinal Study Methods in Information Seeking and Retrieval,” Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) 2002, Dubrovnik, Croatia, May 2002.
  • “Theoretical Aspects of Information Seeking Behavior” Panel Chair, Information Seeking in Contexts (ISIC) 2002 Universidade Lusiada, Lisbon, Portugal, September 2002.
  • “Crossing Boundaries: Challenges for Library and Information Science” Keynote address at Conference Concerning the Future at the Swedish School of Library and Information Studies, University College of Boras, Sweden, October, 2002.
  • “The User’s Perspective of Information Seeking and Use: Research Issues” Seminar for faculty and doctoral students at the Swedish School of Library and Information Studies, University College of Boras, Sweden, October 2002.
  • “New Perspectives on Seeking Meaning: a Process Approach for Library and Information Services” Open Lecture at the Swedish School of Library and Information Studies, University College of Boras, Sweden, October 2002.
  • “The User’s Perspective of the Information Seeking Process” Keynote address at the seminar on information literacy “Informatievaardigheden, Van noodzakelijk kwaad tot basicsimpetentie” University of Leiden, The Haag Campus, The Netherlands, October 2002.
  • “The User’s Perspective of Information seeking and Use” Open Lecture for the Faculty of Humanities and Information Science, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, October 2002.
  • “What’s the Use? Extending and Revising Notions of use and Users in Information Behavior Research” Panelist at the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) annual meeting November, 2002.
  • “Rethinking Libraries for the Information Age School” Paper read at the conference on learning and libraries at the University of Padua, Department of Education Science, Italy, January 2003.
  • “Seeking Meaning: Concepts for Library and Information Services” Open Lecture at the Royal School of Library and Information Science, Aalborg University Campus, May 2003.
  • “Information Searching Processes” Keynote Address at the Conference on Navigating in Chaos at Aalborg University Library, Denmark, May 2003.
  • “Learning through Information Searching Processes” Workshop at the Conference on Navigating in Chaos at the Aalborg University Library, Denmark, May 2003.
  • “Seeking Meaning: Concepts for Library and Information Services” Open Lecture at the Royal School of Library and Information Science, Copenhagen, May 2003.
  • “The Information Search Process: Pathways to Information Literacy” Keynote Address at the Australia School Library Association Conference, Hobart, Tasmania, October 2003.
  • “Information Seeking from the User’s Perspective: Research Implications” Lecture for Staff and Graduate Students at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, October 2003.
  • “Zones of Intervention in the Information Search Process: Vital Roles for Academic Librarians” University of Technology Library, Sydney, Australia, October 2003.
  • “Researching the User’s Perspective of the Information Search Process” Bibliometric & Informetric Research Group (BIRG) at the School of Management and Systems, University of New South Wales, Sydney, October 2003.
  • “The Impact of the School Library on Student Learning” Seminar for Teacher Librarians at the State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, October 2003.
  • “Zones of Intervention in the Information Search Process: Vital Roles for Public Librarians.” Workshop at the State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, October 2003.
  • “Zones of Intervention in the Information Search Process: Vital Roles for Librarians” Workshop sponsored by the Australia Library and Information Association and Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, October 2003.
  • “The User’s Perspective of Information Seeking: Challenges for Information System Designers” Seminar at the School of Information Management and Systems at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, October 2003.
  • “The Impact of School Libraries on Student Learning” Keynote for Open Meeting for International School Library Day sponsored by Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia, October 2003.
  • “Zones of Intervention in the Information Search Process: Vital Roles for Librarians” Keynote address at the Library Orientation Exchange (LOEX) Conference, Ypsilanti, MI, May 2004.
  • “Toward Collaboration Between Information Seeking Research and Information Retrieval” Keynote address at the Information Seeking in Context (ISIC) Conference, Dublin, Ireland, September 2004.
  • “Meeting the Challenge of Intellectual Access: Vital Roles for Librarians,” Margaret Mann Lecture, University of Michigan School of Information, Ann Arbor, MI, October 2004.
  • “Toward Collaboration between Information Seeking Research and Information Retrieval,” keynote address Information Seeking in Context (ISIC) biannual conference, University of Dublin, Ireland, September 1, 2004
  • “Meeting the Challenge of Intellectual Access: Vital Roles for Librarians,” The Margaret Mann Lecture at the School of Information, University of Michigan, October 13, 2004.
  • “Tribute to Marcia Bates’ Contribution to Information Seeking Research,” Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), Boston, January 12, 2005.
  • “Assessing Information Literacy: Cycles of Inquiry” Workshop at the International Association of School Librarians (IASL), annual conference, Hong Kong, July 8, 2005
  • “Can the Information Search Process (ISP) model be transposed to the Hong Kong context? International Association of School Librarians (IASL), annual conference, Hong Kong, July 9, 2005.
  • “Information Literacy and the Information Search Process,” University of Hawaii, Department of Information and Computer Sciences, Library and Information Science Program, Honolulu, February 4, 2006.
  • “Seeking Meaning: Reflections on the Information Search Process,” College of Information Science and Technology, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa. March 14, 2006.
  • “Literacy Barriers in Society: How Communication and Information Research and Education Can Make a Difference,” Twenty-First Annual Deans’ Lecture, School of Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina, Columbia,  SC. April 6, 2006.
  • “Learning in Libraries in the Digital Age,” Libraries In the Digital Age (LIDA) Dubrovnik, Croatia, May 29, 2006.
  • “Guided Inquiry: A Framework for Learning Through the Digital Age School Library,”  Libraries In the Digital Age (LIDA), Dubrovnik, Croatia,  May 30, 2006.
  • “Learning Through the Inquiry Process: Vital Roles for Librarians,” Video Conference Keynote, Annual Information Literacy Forum, Des Moines Area Community College, Iowa, June 14, 2006.
  • “Information Literacy through Guided Inquiry: Preparing Students for the 21st Century,” Annual Conference of the International Association for School Librarians (IASL) Lisbon, Portugal, July 6, 2006.
  • “The Influence of affect in information seeking and use: Considerations for research and practice.” Keynote at the ASIST SIGUSE symposium, November 2006.
  • “From information to meaning: Confronting challenges of the 21st century.” Keynote at the Information, Interactions and Impact conference (i3), Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland, June 25, 2007.
  • Lectures series of the Information Search Process research, Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland, June 16-19 2007.
  • “Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st century.” Keynote at Learning, Innovation and the use of Information conference,  Aalborg University Library, Aalborg, Denmark, April 1-2, 2008.
  • “Considerations for learning in the 21st century.” Public lecture at the University of  Gothenburg, Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction and Mediated Communication in Contemporary Society (LinCs), April 3, 2008
  • “ISP Revisited: Is the ISP model still useful?” With Jannica Heinstrom and Ross Todd.  Presentation at the Information Seeking in Context conference, Vilnius Lithuania, September 17, 2008.
  • “Individual in Community: Social Aspects of the ISP.” Keynote at the Symposium on Social Aspects of Digital Libraries and Information Seeking, National Taiwan University, December 11, 2008.
  • “Guided Inquiry: Application of Information Seeking Research in k-12 Education,” Lazerow Lecture, University of Tennessee, October 2008.
  • “Using Guided Inquiry to Accomplish 21st Century Learning Standards,” with Leslie Maniotes and Ann Caspari, American Association for School Librarians (AASL)  Charlotte, NC, November 2009.
  • Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st Century,” Keynote at the International Association of School Librarians (IASL), Padua, Italy. September 2009. (link text)
  • Guided Inquiry: School Libraries for 21st Century Schools, Hong Kong University, February 2010.
  • University of Parma, Italy, DILL Lecture series, October 2010.
  • University of Tallinn, Estonia, DILL Lecture Series, May 2011.
  • “Building on the Classics: Current Trends in User Studies,” Keynote at Summer School, University of Zadar, Croatia,  May 2012.
  • “Guided Inquiry: A Framework for Independent Learning,” Lecture at  Summer School, University of Tampere, Finland, August 2012.
  • “Facilitating Learning through Guided Inquiry,” Keynote at the Satellite preconference of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), Tampere, Finland, August 2012.
  • Children’s Reading in Guided Inquiry,” keynote at International Reading Literacy Symposium, University of Tokyo, Japan, January 2013.

Short Biography

Carol Collier Kuhlthau is Professor Emerita of Library and Information Science at Rutgers University where she directed the graduate program in school librarianship that has been rated number one in the country by U.S. News.  She achieved the rank of Professor II, a special rank at Rutgers requiring additional review beyond that for full professor. She also chaired the Department of Library and Information Science and was the founding director of the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL). She is internationally known for her groundbreaking research on the Information Search Process and for the ISP model of affective, cognitive and physical aspects in six stages of information seeking and use.  She has authored Seeking Meaning: A Process Approach to Library and Information Services and Teaching the Library Research Process and published widely in referred journals and edited volumes. She has another new book, Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st Century, authored with her daughters Leslie K. Maniotes and Ann K. Caspari. Carol’s newest book is Guided Inquiry Design: A Framework for Inquiry in Your Schoolpublished in 2012.

She has received numerous awards including: ASIS&T Merit Award 2013; American Society of Information Science and Technology (ASIST) Research in Information Science Award; Association of Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Information Science and Library Education; Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) Kilgour Research Award; American Library Association (ALA) Shera Award for the Outstanding Research; Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Dudley Award; American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Distinguished Service Award; Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)Award for Outstanding Contributions to the School Library Media Field through Publishing, and Teaching;

Kuhlthau has held visiting appointments at the University of Tampere, Finland; University College of Boras, Sweden; University of Gothenburg, Sweden; The Royal School of Librarianship, Copenhagen, Denmark; Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil; National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan; Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan; Keio University, Tokyo, Japan; Doshisha University Kyoto, Japan; University of Leiden, The Haag Campus, The Netherlands; Aalborg University, Denmark; University of Technology, Sydney, Australia; Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia; School of Information Management and Systems at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia; University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong; University Strossmayer, Osijek, Croatia; Department of Information Management, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland. Fulbright Senior Specialist, University of Zadar, Croatia; University of Parma, Italy; University of Tallinn, Estonia.

EDUCATION
Ed.D. RutgersUniversity, GraduateSchool of Education
M.L.S.RutgersUniversity, Library and InformationStudies
B.S.Kean College

PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT

Professor II, 2004
Faculty, School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 1985-present.
Coordinator of School Library Specialization 1985-2005.
Chair of Library and Information Science department, 1999-2002.
Director, Master of Library and Information Science Degree Program 1999-2002.
Founding Director of the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) 2003-2006.
Ten years experience as school library media specialist in various positions, 1974-85.
Director of library media center, East Brunswick High School, 1980-85.