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Director of Library Media Services
After graduating with her Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Abilene Christian University, Julie taught junior high and high school reading and English. She then decided to pursue her Master of Library Science from Texas Woman’s University. Since obtaining her MLS, she has worked both as a school librarian and a library systems administrator. For the past eight years, Julie has served as Director of Library Media Services for the Richardson Independent School District and has presented at district, local, and state conferences. Julie is a member of the Texas Association of School Library Administrators (TASLA), the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA), and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). As a TLA member, she has been a member of the Children’s Round Table, Automation & Technology Round Table, and the Media & Related Technologies Round Table. She served on the TLA 2013 Conference Program Committee and is currently Chair Elect of the Texas Association of School Librarians.
Innovative library practices
The idea of students of all ages being producers of their own content rather than just consumers and the idea that librarians facilitate that production through the provision of information and information literacy skill instruction are still innovative to me. The ways in which these things happen change all the time, from point-of-need virtual reference services to research lessons that harness the power of multiple types of student-owned devices. I’ve seen kindergarten students narrate and create videos of their research findings, and the complexity of the thinking involved behind research and content production just increases as students become older.
Favorite literary character or book
One of my favorite children’s book characters is Skippyjon Jones. I actually have a Skippyjon Jones doll in my office, and once someone kidnapped him and left a ransom note. I could not identify the creator of the note as the letters and words in the note had been cut out of magazines and newspapers. I then received emails and pictures from Skippyjon via an anonymous email account, something like email@example.com. The pictures showed Skippyjon all over the world. In one picture he was sitting on top of an Egyptian pyramid, and in another he was posing with a guard at Buckingham Palace. Despite being formally trained in research, I was unable to determine who had created the email account. Eventually Skippyjon Jones returned home, but he was reluctant to discuss the identity of his captors.
Most memorable TLA experience
I guess I’m what you would call a legacy librarian. My mom was a teacher and school librarian, and she encouraged me to pursue my MLS. (I really don’t think her encouragement had anything to do with the fact that in elementary school I liked to dress up, collect and alphabetize all the books in the house, and then force family members to check them out.) In 1999 my mother and I were both working as school librarians, and we were able to attend TLA together. It was so wonderful to be able to share that professional learning experience with her and to bond with her over our mutual passion for education and libraries.
Created on Nov 1, 2011 | Last updated March 01, 2014