May 20, 2022

Report: “Why Emma Boettcher’s ‘Jeopardy!’ Win Became a Celebration For Librarians”

From UChicago News:

For much of Emma Boettcher’s life, “Jeopardy!” had been a mostly private passion—one the University of Chicago librarian rarely brought up in casual conversation. That changed in dramatic fashion this past summer.

She returns to the screen on Nov. 7 as part of the annual “Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions, which begins Monday. Both she and Holzhauer, who won more than $2.4 million during his run, are among the 15 competitors in this year’s field. While they aren’t facing off in the opening round, a potential rematch is possible later in the tournament.


As UChicago’s User Experience Librarian, Boettcher is responsible for improving the ways that faculty and students interact with library resources. That requires her to act as a thoughtful neutral party, one who often observes or asks questions about how library users find research materials.

The information she collects and evaluates has allowed the UChicago Library to adopt more evidence-based changes to the user experience.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.