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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

E202: Ten (Or So) Secret Strategies for Serious Searchers

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Dr. Joyce Valenza, Assistant Professor, Master of Information Program, Rutgers SC&I
Dr. Brenda Boyer, Information & Technology Resources Dept. Leader, Kutztown Area School District Rutgers University

Beyond Google tricks, Valenza and Boyer share strategies for transforming students (high school, college, and graduate) into thoughtful, playful, and creative researchers. Abraham Maslow tells us: “If the only tool you have is a hammer, treat everything as if it were a nail.” By promoting skills and naming and visualizing classic strategies, students address threshold concepts and assemble a toolkit—understanding when they need a hammer and when a wrench works best. Incorporating ACRL’s frame “Searching as Strategic Exploration,” and AASL’s Shared Foundation of Inquiry, speakers explore search as creative problem-solving and share strategies for moving novice searchers towards agility and expertise.

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