Jennifer Branch-Mueller

Professor, Faculty of Education - Elementary Education

Contact

Professor, Faculty of Education - Elementary Education
Email
jennifer.branch@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-0863
Address
951 Education Centre - South
11210 - 87 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G5

Overview

About

Winner of the Margaret B. Scott Leadership Award from the Canadian School Library Association

Co-winner, with Dr. Joanne de Groot, of the 2011 Faculty of Education Technology in Teaching Award


Research

My areas of research focus on several aspects of the education and further education of teacher-librarians. I have investigated the experiences of students in our online teacher-librarianship program and, more specifically, in our required technology class. I am interested in how our teacher-librarians learn about new and emerging technologies and how courses and experiences transform their practice.

I am also interested in further professional learning and how this happens when teacher-librarians often work in isolation and have unique professional learning needs as compared to other teachers in a school.

I continue to be interested in how children and young adults find and use electronic information. From my doctoral research, I developed an interest in the Think Aloud method as a way to gather process data from children and young adults. I continue to be quite interested in the Think Aloud method as it is used in research practice.


Teaching

Classes Taught

EDES 540
EDES 542
EDES 544
EDES 549

Courses

EDEL 544 - Introduction to Emerging Technologies

Explores and critically evaluates the use of emerging technologies in schools and school libraries with an emphasis on how they might be used in personal, professional and teaching and learning situations. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students.

Fall Term 2020

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Scholarly Activities

Other - Awards

Winner of the Margaret B. Scott Leadership Award from the Canadian School Library Association

Co-winner, with Dr. Joanne de Groot, of the 2011 Faculty of Education Technology in Teaching Award


Research - Publications

Books and Book Chapters

Branch, J. L., & de Groot, J. (2011). Personal learning networks and participatory culture: Getting teacher-librarians connected in the 21st century. In Marquardt, L., & Oberg, D. (Eds.), (2011). Global perspectives on school libraries: Projects and practices (pp 44-56). The Hague, Netherlands: DeGruyter Saur.

Teacher’s Guide

Branch, J. L., & Oberg, D. (2004). Focus on inquiry: A teacher’s guide to implementing inquiry-based learning. Edmonton, AB: Alberta Learning. Available at http://www.learning.gov.ab.ca/k_12/curriculum/resources/focusinquiry/pdfs/FOI_Draft.pdf

Refereed Articles

de Groot, J. & Branch, J. (forthcoming). Looking towards the future:  Competencies for 21st century teacher-librarians. Alberta Journal of Educational Research.

Branch-Mueller, J., & de Groot, J. (2011). The power of Web 2.0: Teacher-librarians become school technology leaders.. School Libraries Worldwide, 17 (2), 25-40.

de Groot, J., & Branch, J. (2009). Solid foundations: A primer on the crucial, critical and key roles of school and public libraries in children's development. Library Trends, 58 (1), 51-62.

Branch, J. L. (2006). Think alouds, think afters and think togethers: Research methods useful in gaining rich data about the learning processes of children and adolescents. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 52(3), 148-159.

de Jong, C. J., & Branch, J. L. (2005). How are teacher-librarians finding resources for coursework: Distance learners and the role of university library services. Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning, 2(3), 63-74.

Branch, J. L. (2003). Instructional intervention is the key: Supporting adolescent information seeking. School Libraries Worldwide, 9(2), 47-61.

Branch, J. L. (2003). Teaching, learning and information literacy: Developing an understanding of preservice teachers’ knowledge. Behavioral and Social Sciences Librarian, 22(1), 33-46.

Branch, J. L. (2003). Nontraditional undergraduates at home, work, and school: An examination of the information-seeking behaviors and the impact of information library instruction. Research Strategies, 19(1), 3-15.

Branch, J. L. (2002). Helping students become better electronic searchers. Teacher-Librarian, 30 (1), 14-18.

Branch, J. L. (2001). Junior high students and Think Alouds: Generating information-seeking process data using concurrent verbal protocols. Library and Information Science Research, 23, 107-122.

Branch, J. L. (2001). Information-seeking processes of junior high students: A case study of

CD-ROM encyclopedia use. School Libraries Worldwide, 7(1), 11-27.

Branch, J. L. (2001). Helping students become better searchers in the new learning environments. Scan, 20­(2), 25-29.

Branch, J. L. (2000). Investigating the information-seeking processes of adolescents:

The value of using Think Alouds and Think Afters. Library and Information Science Research, 22(4), 371-392.

Branch, J. L. (2000). A day in the life of a teacher-librarian in Inuvik, NWT. School Libraries Worldwide, 6(1).

Branch, J. L., & Robertson E. A. (1996). Kuhlthau’s information search process model and the MPhil/PhD registration process - One student’s experience. A Journal for Further and Higher Education in Scotland, 20(2), 20-26.           

Refereed Conference Proceedings

Branch, J. L., & De Groot, J. (2011). Professional learning in the digital age: Empowering the 21st century teacher-librarian. In P. Kerr, J. Rao & M. Harris (Eds.), Proceedings: 40th Annual International Association of School Librarianship Conference & 15th International Forum on Research in School Librarianship (pp. 1-14). Zillmere, Australia: IASL.

Branch, J. L., & de Groot, J. (2011). Fearless, playful and connected: Empowering teacher-librarians through an exploration of Web 2.0. In P. Kerr, J. Rao & M. Harris (Eds.), Proceedings: 40th Annual International Association of School Librarianship Conference & 15th International Forum on Research in School Librarianship (pp. 1-15). Zillmere, Australia: IASL.

Branch, J. & de Groot, J. (2010).  Can we agree?: Determining Core Competencies for Teacher-Librarians in the 21st century.  Proceedings of the University of Alberta Faculty of Education – East China Normal University Symposium, July, 2010, Shanghai, China.

de Groot, J., & Branch, J. L. (2009, 6-8 March). "Learning to speak Web 2.0": Teacher-librarians playing with 21st century technologies. Proceedings: Proceedings of the Asia-Pacific Conference on Library & Information Education and Practice (pp. 58-68). Tsukuba, Japan: University of Tsukuba.

de Groot, J., & Branch, J. L. (2009, 6-8 March). Competition or cooperation in an era of change: Tensions between school and public libraries in Alberta, Canada. Proceedings: Proceedings of the Asia-Pacific Conference on Library and Information Education and Practice (pp. 69-79). Tsukuba, Japan: University of Tsukuba.

Branch, J. & de Groot, J. (2009).  The future in focus: Preparing teacher-librarians for the 21st century.  Proceedings of the International Association of School Librarianship 38th Annual Conference: School Libraries in the Picture: Preparing Pupils for the Future, 2-4 September, Abano Terme, Italy. Erie, PA: IASL.

de Groot, J., & Branch, J. L. (2008). Public libraries supporting world class learning and literacy through school libraries. Proceedings: Proceedings of the International Association for School Librarianship 37th Annual Conference: World Class Learning and Literacy through School Libraries, 3-7 August, Berkeley, CA, USA. Zillmere, Queensland, Australia: IASL. (CD-ROM)

de Groot, J., & Branch, J. L. (2008). World class learning and literacy through school libraries: Preparing teacher librarians for a web 2.0 world. Proceedings: Proceedings of the International Association for School Librarianship 37th Annual Conference: World Class Learning and Literacy through School Libraries, 3-7 August, Berkeley, CA, USA. Zillmere, Queensland, Australia: IASL. (CD-ROM)

Publications

Personal learning networks and participatory culture: Getting teacher-librarians connected in the 21st centur
Author(s): Branch, J. L., & de Groot, J.
Publication Date: 2011

he power of Web 2.0: Teacher-librarians become school technology leaders
Author(s): Branch-Mueller, J., & de Groot, J.
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: School Libraries Worldwide
Volume: 17
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 25-40

Solid foundations: A primer on the crucial, critical and key roles of school and public libraries in children's development
Author(s): de Groot, J., & Branch, J.
Publication Date: 2009
Publication: Library Trends
Volume: 58
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 51-62

Think alouds, think afters and think togethers: Research methods useful in gaining rich data about the learning processes of children and adolescents
Author(s): Branch, J. L.
Publication Date: 2006
Publication: Alberta Journal of Educational Research
Volume: 52
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 148-159

Looking towards the future: Competencies for 21st century teacher-librarians
Author(s): de Groot, J. & Branch, J.