Member of the Month

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Member of the Month

Angela C. Hall
Librarian, Cedar Ridge High School, Round Rock ISD

Professional experience

This is my 20th year as a librarian! Where did the time go? It’s hard for me to believe, and it is certainly the longest industry profession I’ve stayed with. I worked for a small NC bank for a little over 3 years as a bank auditor. It was exciting in the beginning, but I was not challenged or happy. After a series of career aptitude tests, I decided to go to library school. I received my MSLS from Clark Atlanta University in one year's time. I began my professional library career in Seattle Public Library as a Business Reference Librarian. I decided that with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration, what better way to utilize those skills. From there, I worked as a Reference Librarian at Valdosta State University (GA) and served as the library liaison for the College of Business. Then making a total discipline switch, I worked at East Carolina University (NC) Health Sciences Library as a Reference Librarian. Next, I had an opportunity to direct a small Historically Black College library, Allen University in Columbia, NC. Needless to say the private college experience was not what I expected. Having medical library experience under my belt, I was employed at a hospital library as Coordinator of Library Services, still in the Columbia area. I then moved on to the Research Library at Bank of America in Charlotte, NC. After being there for four years, I decided I needed a “career” switch. You see, I had lost my passion for librarianship and had determined that if God did not create an opportunity for me where there was constant interaction with others, variety in that my day was never the same, and not to be confined to a cubicle, I would be done with librarianship all together. School librarianship was not an option for me because I simply was not interested in working with children. In November 2004, I took my first position in a school library. It has by far been the best leg of librarianship for me! I love my job and I love my students! I have worked at one high school in NC and one middle school, KIPP Austin College Prep in Austin. Since being in Round Rock ISD, I have worked at Callison Elementary, Westwood High School and now Cedar Ridge High School.

Innovative library practices
We have the amazing opportunity to pilot a Next Generation Digital Classroom at all of our high school libraries. Each library has either a Samsung Galaxy Tablet, an iPad, a Dell Venue or a Chromebook. My campus has the Galaxy tablet. Students are very savvy and acclaimate easily to the Android devices. We have done Health Sciences projects and projects with our dance department. Our next digital lesson is "The Amazing Race" with a World History class.

Favorite literary character or book
I don't think this is a fair question for a librarian. We can't have just one favorite character or book. Everyone knows that! My favs usually come in spurts and spells. However, since I am limited to one, I would have to say that my current favorite is The Perks of Being a Wallflower; and more so, Charlie is my new favorite character. I love him because his thoughts and ways are so pure and honest. 

Most memorable TLA experience
I guess I would it have to be serving on the TLA Local Arrangements Committee in Austin 2010. This is where it all began for me. I had never been as active with a library association until TLA. Once I served on local arrangements, my thirst for leadership could not be quenched! I applied for TALL Texans and had the pleasure of being a part of the class of 2012. Since then, I've had amazing leadership opportunities in TLA from co-chairing the Public Relations & and Marketing to active leadership in District 3 and currently serving as Chair. Through these experiences I've met so many amazing TLA members!

Created on Nov 1, 2011 | Last updated January 02, 2015