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Key Press Interviews

Library Journal, "Tasha Bergson-Michelson | Movers & Shakers 2014 — Tech Leaders," March 12, 2014.

Education Week, "Teaching Students Better Online Research Skills: Improving Web Research Tactics is a Priority," May 20, 2013.

PBS NewsHour"Oakland Program Aims to Pique Girls' Interest in Science, Tech Careers," (appearing around 6:10) December 29, 2011.

Board Positions and Grants

Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad 2017 Summer Program in Morocco, sponsored by the Department of Education and UC Berkeley, Summer 2017
Data Literacy for High School School Librarians, sponsored by the Institute of Museums and Library Science and the Regents of The University of Michigan (2016-2017)
School Library Connection Advisory Board (2016-present)

Open Web Guides

Google Search Education Hub

The Search Education Team needed an official presence. I worked with the marketing team to create a site and developed teaching materials, including:

  • K-12 lesson plans: Teaching search skills can challenge educators in a variety of ways, including worrying they will not be able to answer students’ questions and fearing that they will show students something inappropriate. I intentionally designed these fourteen, leveled lesson plans with a format familiar to any educator in the United States, in order to remove potential roadblocks to implementation. Built in collaboration with Creative Commons expert Kathy Glass, these lessons help students develop the critical thinking skills needed to search effectively, and make it easy for educators to select and integrate the specific lessons they needed into their classroom curriculum where appropriate. Includes a lesson map that outlines Essential Understandings and Guiding Questions for each lesson.

  • Power Searching MOOCs: Google’s first Massive Open Online Classes focused on building search and research skills. Power Searching with Google experimented with offering a unified instructional experience to about 260 thousand registrants in over 200 countries. I created, tested, and ran these collaboratively with a multifunctional team, managing the content development.


Founder Nancy Blachman first hired me to write thematic "cheat sheets" for coffee mugs and mousepads. From there, I went on to re-write all the sample searches and advise on content as Google continued to grow and improve. Starting in mid-2006, I became Nancy's co-lecturer, and eventually took over many of the public speaking tasks; recently, after attending one of my parent education talks, Nancy asked me to incorporate my To The Point Research methods into our engagements. I am currently updating the content on the site, including taking on the writing of many new sections on the major new search features that have launched recently.

Sample Publications

Data Literacy in the Real World, contributor. Data Literacy for High School Students. University of

Michigan, publication funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library services.

Close Reading:  Unpacking the Impact Language Has on How We Understand Statistics.” Data Literacy

for High School Students. University of Michigan, publication funded by a grant from the Institute of

Museum and Library services.

"Reading News Across the Political Spectrum." Independent Ideas, December 5, 2016. 

The blog of the Association of Independent School Librarians wanted to cover ways of thinking about political perspective while doing research.

"Examine What Makes a Literacy in the May/June Issue"

Guest edited the May/June 2016 issue of the American Association of School Libraries' professional journal, Knowledge Quest, on the theme of "What makes a literacy?"

"Selecting Quality Research Sources for the Classroom," Cue Blog, May 26, 2015.

Unpacking the erroneous thinking behind the question: "Which kinds of assignments should use databases, and which search engines?"

"Tsunami Tip: Be a Better Searcher." In Navigating the Information Tsunami: Engaging Research Projects That Meet the Common Core State Standards, K–5, edited by Kristin Fontichiaro, 93-94. Ann Arbor, MI: Cherry Lake Publishing, 2013.

"Savvy Searcher." Mind|shift (blog). Sample posts:

"Powering up with predictive search." FUMSI Magazine, October 3, 2011.

Commissioned after the magazine’s editor heard me talk on this subject at Computer in Libraries, 2011.

"Predict Before You Click: Search Engine Results as the First Defense of Authority." Knowledge Quest 38, no. 3 (January/February 2010): 8-13.

The Journal of the American Association of School Librarians, part of the American Library Association. Editor Debbie Abilock commissioned this article.


Discussions of how kids interact with information. This short-lived blog was part of my initiative to articulate what happens in the mind of a professional researcher that makes search and research work, and to adapt it to what kids say they experience when searching online. The goal? To develop a relationship with the research process that aligns meaningfully with the rest of students' lives--and still gets them where we as educators want them to go. (And hopefully gets educators thinking in new ways about search while we're at it!)

Key Presentations

Much of my work involves teaching and collaborating in person or online. Very little of it is captured in a permanent way, but here are a few examples of slides and videos.

No More Eye Candy!, with Kristin Fontichario and Debbie Abilock

ALA Annual 2014 (upcoming)

Friction: Teaching slow thinking and intentionality in online research, with Debbie Abilock and Jole Seroff 

AASL 2013 (full-day preconference workshop)

Research Is Not a Straight Line, with Jole Seroff 

Internet Librarian 2013

Building Google's Power Searching MOOCs

Internet Librarian 2013

Friction: Teaching slow thinking and intentionality in online research, with Debbie Abilock

ALA Annual 2013

No More Eye Candy!, with Kristin Fontichario and Debbie Abilock

ISTE 2013

The Hidden Library: Increasing Discoverability in Non-Textual Search, with Diane T. Sands, Susannah Cleavland, and Daniel Verbit

ACRL 2013

Curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking: Why school libraries are more important than ever

Keynote for California School Libraries Association., 2012.

Optimizing Search With Your Right Brain, with Diane T. Sands.

Internet Librarian, 2012

Really, Really Basic Search: What We Need to be Teaching

Internet Librarian, 2012

Google Teacher Academy, 2012*

San Francisco Unified School District Professional Development*

Higher Education Teaching and Learning, 2013*

SLA/BayNet Joint Meeting, 2013

Computer Using Educators (CUE) Annual Conference, 2013*

*Note: For these sessions, I distributed the deck beforehand and spent the time in the session leading group work aimed at uncovering research skills we use every day but never teach, and fleshing out ways to introduce these concepts meaningfully in the classroom.

Sample Student One-Shot

Sample slides for when students come to Google for a half-hour or forty-five minute class in Google search skills.

Research Career Fair

Example of a new experimental program, an occasional series featuring people in careers to which students may not otherwise be exposed. Guests describe their job, how they use research skills to excel in their chosen profession, and how students might begin to prepare if the career path sounds intriguing.

Kids Doing Research Right

Parent Education lecture presentation that outlines my observations from the past few years about how kids interact with Internet sources, and recommendations for how parents can support children at home.

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