Christina Taylor is a native Texan, born in Austin and raised in Richardson. Twice an alumna of the University of Texas at Austin: first with Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and French — including a secondary education teaching certification in English and, more recently, a Master of Science degree in Information Science with a school librarian certification. Having been an educator since 1999, she left the classroom in 2013 to begin a new adventure as a freshly-minted librarian.
Over the course of her career and professional studies, Christina has acquired various professional skills and training in MARC record cataloging, Advanced Placement methodology, the New Jersey Writing Project in Texas, The Learning Academy, teaching the gifted and talented, and strategies for teaching critical reading and thinking skills. She has also become an advanced user of desktop and cloud word processor, spreadsheet, database, and presentation applications who is familiar with basic web design; is comfortable in Windows, Macintosh, and Chrome OS platforms; and is a certified Google Education Trainer.
As a librarian, Christina recognizes that ready access to myriad information sources demands that the modern library be more than a mere warehouse of books or a place to access the internet. Instead, it must become a service-oriented information workshop where users acquire and hone skills vital to be life-long learners in a dynamic world. Christina revels in introducing users to the concept of the modern library — a place where new technology is lauded and embraced; graphic novels are celebrated; students can connect their own devices to the wi-fi or borrow ones for in-library use; and users can assemble puzzles, play board games, color, and tinker. In short, the modern library is the riotous Neverland that the gatekeepers of the musty libraries of old feared. And, she loves that!