Elizabeth Barrera Rush

Library Specialist, Northside Independent School District

Elizabeth Barrera Rush is currently a library specialist at Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas. She received her BBA from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio and her MSIS from the University of Texas at Austin. Elizabeth is an ALA Spectrum Scholar (2004-2005) and she has spent over 20 years serving elementary and middle school students in private and public school libraries. She is author of the book, “Bringing Genius Hour to Your Library: Implementing a Schoolwide Passion Project Program” (ABC-Clio, January, 2018) and has written articles for TeacherLibrarian Magazine and School Library Connection. She is currently writing her second book, “Ten Simple Changes that Will Save You Time and Improve Library Service.” (ABC-Clio, 2020)

She has been a consultant for the National Assessment for Educational Progress in writing, presented webinars and workshops on Librarian Led Genius Hour and Library Management and Efficiency in Library Service. Being a fanatic of interdisciplinary studies, she is committed to drawing from the fundamentals of multiple areas of knowledge including business management, industrial engineering, marketing, accounting, law, and public health to encourage librarians to become well rounded, efficient, and mindful professionals.