Dr Ross Todd is associate professor in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He is Director of the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL), at Rutgers University. CISSL fosters the transformative role of school libraries in 21st century schools, their integral role in the learning fabric of schools, and their role in ongoing school improvement and reform.
His scholarly work primarily focuses on the engagement of people and their information worlds, and understanding how this engagement can facilitate professional action and change, and make a difference to individuals, organizations, societies and nations. Current teaching and research interests centre on adolescent information seeking and use, with emphasis on the digital environment. The research is multi-faceted, and includes: understanding how children learn and build new knowledge from information; how school librarians and classroom teachers can more effectively empower student learning; how the development of information and critical literacies through guided inquiry and constructivist learning approaches lead to deep knowledge and deep understanding.