Degrees and Certifications:
Degrees: Master of Library Science, Texas Woman's University Bachelor of Arts in English, University of Houston Certifications: School Librarian (EC-12) English Language Arts and Reading (8-12) English as a Second Language (8-12) Liaisonics [HCDE] Online Professional Development [HCDE]
Mrs. Yvonne F. Shelby
I am the Austin High School Librarian and Campus Website Administrator.
My Journey to the Library
After my father, a library aide at Rice University, took me to Take Our Daughters to Work Day, back when I was 8, I knew I wanted to be a librarian.
I changed my mind, when I was in 10th grade, after realizing I was pretty good at teaching students in my Geometry class.
I became a substitute teacher at 20 (yes, for high school, which means I was often only a year or two older than some students) and an ESL teacher at 22.
Once I taught ESL, I noticed there were so many other things I wanted to teach students, but didn't have time to, within the curriculum. So I went back for my MLS and became a certified librarian at age 26.
My Overarching Goal for The AHS Library
In short: Access. I want to provide equitable access to the things students need and want, regardless of their background.
Some things that fall under this category are: a recording studio, a lounge area to relax (complete with video game consoles), real-world "maker" items such as baking pans, toolkits, a jump-starter for dead parking lot cars, a sewing machine, a Cricut, etc.
Funds are tight, however, so this won't take place overnight. Right now, our focus is on updating the library furniture so that the space can be easily used for a variety of reasons.
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM