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Monica Garza

Monica Garza Bustillo
Adult Services Librarian, Johnston Branch of the San Antonio Public Library

Professional experience
After graduating with a B.A. in History from Texas A&M in 2004, I started as a part-time circulation attendant at the Central San Antonio Public Library. My supervisor encouraged me to enroll in the University of North Texas Library Sciences program as a scholar in the Mejor Futuro/Better Futures Scholarship Program. In May 2007, I earned my Masters in Library Science and graduated with a 4.0 grade point average.  I then began my position as a librarian at the Westfall Branch Library. I moved to several locations within the San Antonio Public Library System, including the Las Palmas Branch, the Great Northwest Branch, the Guerra Branch, and now the Johnston Branch of the Library. I have worked on many committees including the Mayor’s Book Club, the Senior Programming Committee, and the Adult Summer Reading Program Committee.  In 2012, I attended the TALL Texas Institute, served on the Local Arrangements Committee, and currently serve as the Chair of the Lariat Adult Fiction Reading List

Innovative library practices
The explosion of eBooks and downloadable material is a library practice I’ve witnessed and advocate for daily. The number of patrons we now serve reaches beyond our walls, and every book is available in Large Print. As our senior community grows, they have access to books without having to leave their home and can easily find titles in a format. eAudiobook users are also more supported with easy-to-download titles that they can listen to on their smart phones without having to load up CD players.

Favorite literary character or book
Favorite book is Susan Kay’s 1990 Phantom that gives a fictional background to the Phantom of the Opera. I read this book every other year and cry like a baby each time.

Most memorable TLA experience
My most memorable TLA experience was the year I worked on the Local Arrangement’s Health Committee in 2014. Not only was James Patterson a General Session speaker, but I got to meet Ernest Cline and work with some of the best librarians in San Antonio. The whole experience was thrilling, exhausting, eye-opening, and I plan to do it every year TLA comes back to San Antonio…if they let me!

Created on Oct 1, 2015 | Last updated April 05, 2016