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Amanda Gomez

Amanda Gomez
Public Services Librarian, El Paso Public Library
(formerly with Sul Ross State University)

Professional experience
I graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a degree in Communication, minor in Creative Writing. I went back for my Master’s Degree in English and American Literature and graduated in 2008. I spent the summer volunteering at a library and that’s when I decided to go back to school for a second Master’s in Library Science from Texas Woman’s University.

My first job after earning my MLS was at the Sergeant Major Academy on Fort Bliss, TX.  I took a job at Sul Ross State University as collection development librarian in 2012. In 2014, I took the position as education librarian where I am the sole instructor for information literacy classes.  I also teach a First-Year Seminar course.

I am active in TLA as District 6’s incoming chair, and a member of the Diversity and Inclusion committee. This summer, I will attend ACRL’s Immersion Program in Vermont. 

Innovative library practices
As a pop culture enthusiast, I love seeing innovative ways to integrate pop culture into the classroom. For example, using the lyrics in hip hop songs and finding those same themes in literature. I use pop culture as a tool to engage students in our library’s information literacy courses. 

Favorite literary character or book
My favorite book is Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. I love the jazz influences in the text and its layers of complexity. Every time I read it, I catch something new.

Most memorable TLA experience
My most memorable TLA experience is working with former TLA President, Sharon Amastae, in the Conference Planning Committee for the 2015 conference. I’ve known her since I was in the sixth grade when she was my middle school librarian. She is an inspiration, a leader, and a wonderful colleague and mentor. I was thrilled to be a part of the planning process with her as lead trailblazer. 

Created on May 31, 2016 | Last updated June 03, 2016