About Me

I’ve started this blog for an opportunity to discuss some of my favorite books. My favorite genres are mystery, historical fiction, history, and, especially Victorian and Edwardian novels. However, my PhD (see picture) is in Library Science with a concentration on children’s literature. My dissertation concerned the fantasy novels of that great Edwardian writer E. Nesbit, who, unfortunately, is known better in England than in the U.S. I served for three years on ALA committees, including the Best Fiction for Young Adults. I read lots of supernatural, high fantasy, and books about young people with issues. I prefer mysteries, the supernatural (H. P. Lovecraft), low fantasy (E. Nesbit), historical fiction, and history.

I was born in Fort Worth, Texas, Harris Hospital, on June 17. 1950, to the ecstatic Hugh C., Jr. and Irene Willingham Sloan. I have the good/bad fortunate of being an only child and the last scion of this Sloan family tree.

I grew up in Fort Worth, went to Mrs. McMasters’ nursery school (now known as daycare), Westcliff and Bruce Shulkey Elementaries, Wedgwood Junior High School, and Paschal High School.

I have two beautiful wire-haired fox terriers, Emma and Darcy, who used to be Mr. Darcy until that little operation. As far as I’m concerned, a wire is all there is, the rest are just dogs.

Now to the boring stuff

EDUCATION

2002-2010             Texas Woman’s University, Denton

Ph.D., School of Library and Information Studies

Texas School Librarian Certificate, Grades EC-12

2001-2004             University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington

M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction

Texas Reading Specialist Certification, Grades EC-12

1983-1989                          University of Dallas, Irving, TX

M.B.A.

1974-1977                     The University of Texas, Austin, TX

M.A., English

1972-1974             The University of Texas, Austin, TX

Texas Teacher’s Certificate, English and Government,

Secondary Grades 6-12

1968-1971                          The University of Texas, Austin

B.A., Plan II (Honors Liberal Arts program)

EMPLOYMENT

2010-Present          McLennan Community College and Texas Tech University

                              Adjunct Instructor, Freshman Composition and Reading

2006- 2009            Fort Worth Independent School District

                              Teacher, English and Reading, 7th and 8th Grades

                                    LeonardMiddle School

2004 – 2006           Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas

                              Adjunct Instructor, Undergraduate class, Library Materials for Children

Teaching and Graduate Assistant

School of Library and Information Studies

2002–2003            The University of Texas at Arlington

Teacher’s Assistant – Grader for Distance Education classes

 2001-2002,            Fort Worth Independent School District

2005-2006             Substitute teaching – All grades, all subjects.

 1987-2000             USAA, San Antonio, TX  78288

Systems Analyst – Project management for voice mail systems for Home and Field Service Offices – selection, implementation and administration.

 1981-1987                          Northern Telecom, Richardson, TX  75081

Technical Instructor/Technical Writer – Wrote user guides and taught software end-user classes for telecommunications systems.

 1974-1981                          Dallas Independent School District

Teacher, English/Reading, 9th grade 

L.G.PinkstonHigh School

 PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

American Library Association

National Committee of Teachers of English

 PUBLICATIONS/PRESENTATIONS

Served on Best Fiction for Young Adults selection committee 2010-2012,  American Library Association

 Served on the Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults selection committee 2008-2010, American Library Association

 Poster presentation at the annual conference of the National Council of Teachers of English in San Antonio, November, 2008.

 Published “Tell Me Why,” Booklinks, November 2006, volume 16, no. 2

 Poster presentation at the annual conference of the National Council of Teachers of English in Nashville, November 16-21, 2006.

 Participated in panel presentation on “Poets as Signifiers: Learning About Poetry from the Poets Themselves” at the annual conference of the National Council of Teachers of English in Indianapolis, November 20, 2004.

 Presented a workshop on “Poetry Across the Curriculum” at the Texas Poetry Festival in Irving, April, 2004.

 Co-authored a chapter, “Cinderella and Her Sisters: Variants and Versions,” Happily Ever After: Sharing Folk Literature with Elementary and Middle School Students, International Reading Association, 2004

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