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Texas Library Association Awards EPCC’s Northwest Campus for Library Learning Initiative

The El Paso Community College (EPCC) – Northwest (NW) campus faculty received the 2018 Library Project of the Year Award during the 2018 Texas Library Association Annual Conference.

The Library Instruction Project of the Year Award is presented annually by the Texas Library Association’s Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT). This award recognized an innovative or creative library instruction project or initiative in Texas.

“The project, led by Lorely Ambriz and Michael Duncan, was impressive because of the evidence they provided showing how their collaboration has positively impacted their students,” Joshua Wallace, LIRT Chair said.

The project, Improving College Students’ Literacy Skills Through Embedded Librarianship and Faculty Collaboration for Lifelong Learning was led by Lorely Ambriz, Head Librarian, and Michael Duncan, English Discipline Coordinator at the NW campus. The project involves embedding library skill into course curriculum.

Developed as a hypothesis by Ambriz, the project became an actual action research project as part of her participation in the EPCC Teachership Academy under the leadership of Dr. Lydia Tena, EPCC Northwest Campus Dean and Teachership Academy Coordinator. The Teachership Academy is an EPCC faculty development program focusing on teaching and learning.

Since the implementation of the project to embed literacy and library skills into course curriculum, out of the average student population of 2,800 students at the NW Library, the project has been able to outreach to 82% of the student population. The students, having attended at least one library session becoming aware of library services, learned how to perform basic library research, how to evaluate information sources and how to properly cite them.

Overall, faculty have seen the average score on -and quality of -the students’ annotated bibliographies and papers go up significantly over the past few semesters thanks to the literacy skills they have built, which leads to overall student success.

The 2018 Texas Library Association Annual Conference was held April 3-6 in Dallas.


Ascarate Elementary Student to Represent School, County at Statewide Ceremony

Ascarate Elementary School third grader Sienna Salcido is one of 10 students from throughout the state of Texas who will present the Texas Bluebonnet Award to the winning author at the annual Texas Bluebonnet Award ceremony.

Ascarate Elementary was randomly selected from 9 counties in the west Texas area, including El Paso County.  Sienna was selected by Ascarate librarian Leticia M. Guevara to represent the region.

“Sienna is very articulate, has very high vocabulary skills and speaks with confidence. I have no doubt that Sienna will represent west Texas and Ascarate with great pride,” says Mrs. Guevara.

She will present a 3 – 4 minute speech about the winning author and/or illustrator, in front of approximately 1,500 people. She will also prepare questions to ask the winning author.

The Texas Bluebonnet Award is sponsored by the Texas Library Association (TLA). It’s a “children’s choice” program where only Texas students from 3rd to 6th grade can vote for their favorite book. These students must read at least 5 books from a list of 20 books.

The list of 20 books is created by a group of Texas librarians who work with children. Schools and public libraries were also allowed to enter the selection process for student participation in the conference.

The ceremony will be held in Dallas, TX during the Texas Library Association (TLA) Annual Conference, April 3 – 6, 2018.

Socorro ISD Receives Award from Texas Library Association for unique Comic Con

Socorro Independent School District’s Library Services and its librarians were awarded the Texas Library Association’s 2017 Branding Iron Award for organizing the first-ever Comic Con.

It is the first time any public school library service in the El Paso region has ever won the award since its inception in 2007, according to the TLA website.

SISD Comic Con Receives Award“I am honored to receive the award that brings recognition to SISD and our libraries!” said Marcy Sparks, Library Services Coordinator for SISD. “I am truly excited about the win because the concept of a district hosted Comic Con was so unique and was more successful with our students than I could have imagined!”

Comic Con, held last December at the District Service Center, was a districtwide program that enhanced students’ literature knowledge and career awareness by showcasing creative talent from a variety of vendors and well-known artists.

The TLA Branding Iron Awards honor the creative work libraries do to promote their programs, resources, and events. SISD’s Library Services received its recognition in the Special Events category.

“I submitted an extensive amount of information about the Comic Con for the award application, including our planning materials, logo and flyer and coverage of the event,” Sparks said. “I am proud of how Team SISD pulled together to make it a great success.”

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SISD elementary schools to host Texas Bluebonnet Award voting parties

Team SISD students are exercising their right to vote! Elementary students, with guidance from school librarians and teachers, have been reading books from the Texas Bluebonnet Award reading list.

Now, they have the chance to vote for their favorite book, which will determine which children’s author wins the prestigious Texas Bluebonnet Award. The winning author is awarded by the Texas Library Association in April.

battlebluebonnetsSISD elementary schools will have voting parties to celebrate the students’ success in reading the Bluebonnet books, to engage them in the voting process, and to generate more excitement about reading and the Texas Bluebonnet Award.

Students will participate in voting and other activities centered on the Texas Bluebonnet Award, and will receive “I Voted!” stickers.

The events will lead up to Team SISD’s first Battle of the Bluebonnets in which students will participate in a trivia style contest with questions about the Texas Bluebonnet Award books. A special local celebrity guest will be the announcer for the competition on Feb. 26 at the District Service Center.

SISD’s Battle of the Bluebonnets will be the first contest of its kind in El Paso.

Author: Socorro ISD


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