Northside Independent School District
Elizabeth Barrera Rush is presently a Library Specialist in the Library and Textbook Services Department at Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas where she serves 115 elementary and secondary school librarians. She received her BBA from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, and her MSIS from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006. Elizabeth is an ALA Spectrum Scholar (2004-2005) and she has spent over 20 years serving elementary and middle school students in both private and public school libraries before moving into administration. She is author of the book, “Bringing Genius Hour to Your Library: Implementing a Schoolwide Passion Project Program” (ABC-Clio, January, 2018) and is currently working on her second book, "The Efficient Library: Ten Simple Changes that Save Time and Improve Service." (ABC-Clio, 2020) She has also written articles for TeacherLibrarian Magazine and School Library Connection. Elizabeth also served as a consultant for the National Assessment for Education Progress in Writing, and as a speaker on a Congressional Discussion Panel on the actions libraries take to combat "summer slide." She is extremely interested in advocating for and helping librarians to seek the most from their natural skills and interests and to maximize their time while providing programs that are exciting/interesting/inspiring/educational and relevant to students and the communities they serve.