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Alumna Tasha Bergson-Michelson Creates Search Education Curriculum for Google Users

Since graduating in 2001, SLIS alumna Tasha Bergson-Michelson has used her MLIS degree to conduct corporate research, develop corporate training programs, and most recently, design Google curriculum for teaching search strategies to school age children.

“My current work at Google grew out of a business I started teaching research skills to children as young as second grade and to adults who were retirees,” said Bergson-Michelson. “With my background in corporate research, I had experience developing corporate training programs, and that extended to developing a variety of instructional programs for research. When I started speaking publicly about how to search more efficiently, I saw how great a need there was for focused curriculum on search strategies.”

Bergon-Michelson started speaking about searching while writing for the independent website GoogleGuide, created by Nancy Blachman. “Thinking about how people were interacting with the information found in GoogleGuide and how to help them retain what they were learning inspired me to start a business teaching search skills. That work drew Google’s attention and ultimately grew into my current role developing Search Education Curriculum on the Google in Education site,” Bergson-Michelson said.

To hear more about her work at Google, you can view to a recorded session of her talk titled What is a Librarian Doing at Google?  Bergson-Michelson made the presentation as part of the SJSU information school’s Career Colloquia series during spring 2013.

Bergson-Michelson also serves on the SLIS International Advisory Council, bringing strategic insight and visioning to the information school’s leadership team. As a member of the International Advisory Council, Bergson-Michelson joins other professionals with varying backgrounds and experience, who work in a wide range of information centers, as they share their insights with Dr. Sandra Hirsh, SLIS Director.  “It’s a great honor for me to give back to the school,” Bergson-Michelson said.

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