JOSIE MARTINEZ, M.Ed.
Instructor/Reference and Instruction Librarian
Phone: (210) 434-6711 x2575
B.A. 1980, Trinity University (Music, minor in elementary education)
M.Ed. 1999, Our Lady of the Lake University (Curriculum & Instruction)
Currently working on MS from Drexel University (Library & Information Science)
I enjoy studying and learning about the history of the Congregation of Divine Providence and the history of the Catholic Church. I am passionate about exposing young learners to multicultural literature. I love reading young adult fiction and discussing the latest trends with our students. I love listening to and reading about the development of piano music in the Romantic period. I’m also a student of contemporary and traditional Catholic liturgical music.
American Library Association
Bexar Library Association
Texas Library Association
Catholic Library Association
Board member of the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library
Associate of the Congregation of Divine Providence
Board member on the Education Committee for the St. Peter St. Joseph Children’s Home
Retention Committee at OLLU
Focus group on OLLU Resources for Expertise in Mexican American Culture
I have facilitated the Instructional Literacy sessions for freshman English composition and literature courses as well as for Touchstone.
I have also taught Information literacy sessions for lower level religion and history courses.
The reason why you became interested in librarianship:
I believe that school libraries are critical for student achievement. Research has shown that students in schools with good school libraries learn more, get better grades, and score higher on standardized test scores than their peers in schools without libraries. More than 60 studies have shown clear evidence of the connection between student achievement and the presence of school libraries with qualified school library media specialists.
An issue in library and or information science you feel strongly about:
I feel strongly about equal access for all. A digital divide exists in the United States. The latest US Census reports that only 61.8% of households have a computer and 54.7% have Internet access. This means millions of teens, mostly from low socioeconomic households, must rely on school and public libraries for computers and access to the Internet. Once computers are available in schools and public libraries, well-trained staff must be available to help students navigate through the huge amounts of information available.
An interesting fact about you:
Before I go on duty at the reference desk, all the chairs need to be pushed in at the OPAC computers stations and tables – they call me the “Adrian Monk” of the reference desk.