Feb. 25, 2020 – DENTON – The American Library Association recently named Texas Woman’s alumna Tracie Walker-Reed (BS ’90, MLS ’07) as one of only 10 librarians nationwide to receive its annual I Love My Librarian! Award. The award recognizes lasting contributions of dynamic librarians working in public, school, college, community college and university libraries.
Walker-Reed was selected for her dedication to making tutoring available for at-risk and low-income students as well as providing accessible technology and digital literacy information for families of students at H. Grady Spruce High School in Dallas.
“This is such an honor,” said Walker-Reed. “It is confirmation that I am meeting the needs of my campus community which is very important to me.”
Walker-Reed creates a culture of literacy at Spruce High with focus on details in addition to the big picture. She opens the library extended hours to provide space and opportunity for students to receive tutoring, some of whom she tutors herself. She has been known to walk a student throughout the entire library to find the one book that may spark an interest in reading.
The community around H. Grady Spruce benefits from Walker-Reed’s library when she opens it to students and their families for college readiness workshops and allows the neighborhood to borrow books.
Advocates of Walker-Reed wrote in her nomination for the award: “Despite numerous tasks she must fulfill, Ms. Walker-Reed provides hope to the forgotten sector of the city.”
In her role as the library media specialist, Walker-Reed champions literacy, inclusion and accessibility for her students. She seeks feedback from students for literature they want to read so she can obtain those titles. Walker-Reed’s efforts to foster a love for reading expanded the library’s collection to include books of wide-ranging interests, genres and reading levels.
She is not just a resource for students, as she serves her school community in any capacity in which she is needed. Walker-Reed assists staff and faculty with technology, co-teaches, heads committees and sponsors clubs, organizations and student committees.
Walker-Reed credits her time in the School of Library Information Studies at TWU for preparing her to advocate for library programming and resources to ensure patrons’ needs can be met. She also praises the H. Grady Spruce administrative team and Dallas ISD Library Services Department for continuous support and resources.
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