School Librarian at Austin ISD Lively Middle School
Yvonne Darrah Steckel
"The iSchool prepared me well through the School Library Management, Children's Literature, Basic Reference, and Managing Information Organizations."
I love my job! Every day is different and I serve all of the students, teachers, and administration on campus through books, lessons, and activities. I incorporate many ideas from the Learning Commons into the library. For example, we have daily Lunch Bunch where students have a chance to play games, relax, and read. By rearranging the space, the library now accommodates several small groups at one time. I look for opportunities to make the library the heart of the school, including hosting the Dia de Los Muertos alter for the campus.
The iSchool prepared me well through the School Library Management, Children's Literature, Basic Reference, and Managing Information Organizations. My internships and teaching experience were also critical to my success. The more people you know in the education and librarian worlds, the better your chances of success. Your Practicum is so important! I lucked out with the two amazing UT iSchool alums: Kay Gooch and Lianne Hames!