Thursday, May 28, 2020
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NicoleCruzHeadshotThe lead librarian for the Sharyland school district was elected to be part of the board for a statewide organization that advocates for school librarians.

Nicole Cruz was elected to serve on the seven-member board of officers for the Texas Association of School Librarians as its councilor last spring, Cruz said.

“No other librarian from the Sharyland school district has had this position on the board,” Cruz said of the organization with 4,500 members across the state. “I'm going to be working with the chair of the TASL and look at people for our multiple committees and attend the American Library Association Conference in Washington DC in July.”

Previously, Cruz served as president of the Texas Association of School Librarian Administrators November 2015.

“The level of leadership is just going to be increased because I'm going to have more opportunities through this position to bring back more knowledge to the district,” Cruz said. “One of the things I worked really hard to do these last two years was making sure that librarians in the district are aware of the American Association of School Librarians standards for school librarians that are required of them and have training for it and other resources available.”

Cruz has served Texas schools as a librarian for nearly two decades and has worked at every level of public school as an educator before becoming a librarian. During her time as librarian she has authored more than 50 grants and earned more than $80,000 in funds for various projects.

Prior to earning her Masters of Library Science Degree from Sam Houston State University, Cruz taught middle school language arts for seven years. For the past 16 years she has served the community of Sharyland as a librarian and has been head librarian at Sharyland-serving Sharyland High School for 10 years and Advanced Academic Academy since it’s inception.

Cruz who thanked her campus principal and other individuals that have supported her in this journey, said she is excited to serve.

“As a professional, you're always looking to learn and develop new things and being in this leadership position requires that,” Cruz said. “What I believe a leader is is a servant. First you had to get in the trenches and work alongside the people that you're serving for those people to see that you have merit or that you have ideas so you can lead them. This role will help with that.”