news iconBook Launch: October 27 - 30 AASL 15th National Conference & Exhibition in Minneapolis, MN


The authors all appeared at the Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc. booth at AASL where they signed books for the newly released Teaching for Inquiry: Engaging the Learner Within.


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Authors also made other presentations at the conference.


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About Us

The authors of Teaching for Inquiry: Engaging the Learner Within and its companion Web site are four like-minded individuals staunchly committed to teaching inquiry skills, aligned with Common Core Standards and using a range of human, print, media and technology tools and resources, in ways that motivate and engage 21st century learners. Over the past year, they worked together collaboratively to contribute their unique expertise to this effort.


Dr. SmallDr. Small is Laura J. & L. Douglas Meredith Professor and Director of the School Media Program at the School of Information Studies. Her expertise is in the application of motivation theories to a variety of information contexts. She has received two major national awards for her research in this area from ALA and AASL and has authored or co-authored more than 100 publications, including seven books. Her current research focuses on the librarian’s role in fostering children’s creativity and innovative thinking. As founding director of Syracuse University’s Center for Digital Literacy, Ruth has led or co-led more than 20 funded projects, including Project ENABLE: Expanding Nondiscriminatory Access By Librarians Everywhere, a project to train school librarians to provide the most effective programs, resources, and services to students with disabilities. She has thirteen years of experience as a K-12 classroom teacher, school administrator, and school librarian. She received her PhD in instructional design, development and evaluation from Syracuse University and master’s degrees from Hunter College (education) and Syracuse University (library science).


Dr. Arnone



Dr. Arnone is Associate Professor of Practice in the iSchool and co-director and Associate Professor of Research at the Center for Digital Literacy. She received her PhD in instructional design, development and evaluation from Syracuse University and master’s in education from Harvard. Her recent research has explored perceived and actual competence in middle school children’s information and digital literacies and considered various dispositions for learning with a special interest in curiosity and motivation for learning. She has authored or edited numerous publications, including a book entitled Motivational Design: The Secret to Producing Effective Children’s Media (2005), a series of Curious Kids storybooks with educator guides for introducing research skills to young children, and From the Creative Minds of 21st- Century Librarians, a free downloadable e-book published by the Center for Digital Literacy ( She is creator of Curiosity Creek, an online site intended to stimulate children’s inquiry, imagination, and inventive thinking.


Dr. Stripling


Dr. Stripling has had a thirty-year career as a classroom teacher, school librarian, library grant program director, school district director of libraries and instructional services, and director of library programs at New York City’s New Visions for Public Schools, and Director of Library Services for the New York City Department of Education. In January 2012, shel joined the iSchool’s full-time faculty. She is the creator of the Stripling Model of Inquiry which has been adopted by the Library of Congress for its Teaching with Primary Sources initiative. Stripling has written or edited numerous publications, including Curriculum Connections Through the Library: Principles and Practice (Libraries Unlimited, 2003. She is a former president of the American Association of School Librarians and a former member of the American Library Association Executive Board. She completed her Doctorate of Professional Studies in Information Management at Syracuse University.



Ms. Berger


Ms. Berger is Director of the Southern Westchester BOCES school library system, an educational technology/library consultant andtrainer with over 20 years of library experience, and adjunct faculty at the iSchool. She is also publisher and editor of Information Searcher, the longest published newsletter in K-12 education designed specifically for professionals working to integrate technology into the curriculum and the library program. She has authored numerous publications including Choosing Web 2.0 Tools for Learning and Teaching in a Digital World (2010). She has a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Administration from the College of New Rochelle.