March 17, 2018

Julie Masterson-Smith | Movers & Shakers 2007

A Spoonful of Sugar


Award-winning media specialist Julie Masterson-Smith knows how to make library instruction easy to take, for both students and teachers.

Teachers in the Honeoye Falls – Lima Central School District already knew her as a reading specialist who helped them do their jobs better, so it was easy for her to bring them into her library when she changed careers. What made it easier still is that she works with faculty on the school’s Building Planning Committee and technology team and serves as secretary to the school district’s union. It also helps that she mentors new teachers and offers staff development courses in topics like Internet safety and reading recovery strategies. As an added bonus, she routinely sends her teachers information and web sites tailored to their current teaching projects.

For Masterson-Smith, the best part of her job is having students learn by teaching themselves. She helps the kids produce and star in the library’s instructional videos. ‘The children are so proud they are part of the video,’ says aide Marcia Pickering, and those DVDs, checked out by proud parents, educate them, too. In Masterson-Smith’s next project, DVDs show families how to assist their struggling readers.

No wonder that the SUNY-Buffalo School of Informatics (now the Library and Information Studies Program) has approached her to train media specialists and that the education program at SUNY-Geneseo sends its students to tour her library. Her brand of sugar really works.




CURRENT POSITION Library Media Specialist, Honeoye Falls – Lima Central School District, NY

DEGREES MSLS, SUNY-Buffalo, 2004; MS in Reading, SUNY-Fredonia, 2002

HONORS 2006 American Library Association Technology Pathfinder award; semifinalist, Technology and Learning’s 2005 Technology Leader of the Year

BOOT STOMPIN’ FUN Met her husband line-dancing at the Rustler’s Roost