Wilson, Patricia Potter 1946-
Wilson, Patricia Potter 1946-
Born May 3, 1946, in Jennings, LA; daughter of Ralph H. (a rice farmer) and Wilda Ruth (a teacher and homemaker; maiden name, Smith) Potter; married Wendell M. Wilson (an airline pilot), August 24, 1968. Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education:Louisiana State University, B.S., 1967; University of Houston—Clear Lake, M.S., 1979; University of Houston—Central Campus, Ed.D., 1986. Hobbies and other interests: World travel.
Office—P.O. Box 890653, Houston, TX 77289-0653.
Writer, librarian, and educator. Schoolteacher at England Air Force Base, LA, 1967-68, and in League City, TX, 1972-77; library media specialist at an elementary school in League City, 1979-81; University of Houston—Central Campus, Houston, TX, lecturer in children's literature, 1983-86; University of Houston—Clear Lake, Houston, lecturer, 1984-87, assistant professor, 1988-94, associate professor of library and information science and reading education, 1994-2001, associate professor emeritus, 2001—; consultant, 2001—. Workshop presenter and trainer; conference participant. Friends of Freeman Memorial Library, member of board of trustees, 1982-87, president, 1986-87; KUHT-TV, member of board of directors, 1984-86; Friends of Harris County Libraries, member of council, 1986-87; Armand Bayou Nature Center, member of board of trustees, 1989-93; Friends of Evelyn Meador Library, member of board of trustees, 1993-94; Bay Area Turning Point, member of advisory board, 1998—; Clear Lake Metropolitan Ballet, member of board of directors, 2001-04; Bay Area Assistance League, volunteer, 1997—; Lunar Rendezvous Festival, staff member, 1998, 1999, general chair, 2002, member of advisory board, 2003—; member of Houston Symphony League—Bay Area.
Phi Kappa Phi (chapter president, 1998-89), Century Travelers Club.
Grants from Texas Library Association, Texas State Reading Association, and Texas Council for Teachers of English, and U.S. Department of Education; Enron Corporation Teaching Award, 1996.
(With A. Kimzey) Happenings: Developing Successful Programs for School Libraries, Libraries Unlimited (Littleton, CO), 1987.
The Professional Collection for Elementary Educators,H.W. Wilson Publishing (New York, NY), 1996.
(With Josette Anne Lyders) Leadership for Today's School Library: A Handbook for the Library Media Specialist and the School Principal,Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 2001.
(With Roger Leslie) Igniting the Spark: Library Programs That Inspire High School Patrons,Libraries Unlimited (Englewood, CO), 2001.
(With Roger Leslie) Premiere Events: Library Programs That Inspire Elementary School Patrons, Libraries Unlimited (Englewood, CO), 2001.
(With Roger Leslie) Center Stage: Library Programs That Inspire Middle School Patrons, Libraries Unlimited (Englewood, CO), 2002.
Creator of audio cassettes for national conferences of professional organizations. Contributor to books, including Into Focus: Understanding and Creating Middle School Readers, edited by K. Beers and B. Samuels, Christopher Gordon (Norwood, MA), 1997; and Foundations for Effective School Library Media Programs, edited by Ken Haycock, Libraries Unlimited (Englewood, CO), 1999. Contributor to periodicals, including School Library Media Activities Monthly, School Library Journal, Emergency Librarian, English in Texas, Journal of Youth Services in Libraries, Library Acquisitions: Practice and Theory, Catholic Library World, State of Reading, Reading Horizons,and Teacher Librarian. Editor in chief, Review Sampler,1989-90; contributing editor, Texas Library Journal,1989-94.
WORK IN PROGRESS:
A book on early literacy; a travel book about "the world's most amazing places."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
American Libraries, August, 2001, Cathleen Bourdon, review of Premiere Events: Library Programs That Inspire Elementary School Patrons, p. 95.
Booklist, July, 1997, review of The Professional Collection for Elementary Educators, p. 1837; December 1, 2002, Maren Ostergard, review ofCenter Stage: Library Programs That Inspire Middle School Patrons, p. 694.
Kliatt, November, 2002, Paula Rohrlick, review ofCenter Stage, p. 34.
School Library Journal, September, 2001, Carol Schene, review of Premiere Events, p. 263; June, 2003, Cindy Darling Codell, review of Center Stage, p. 179.
Teacher Librarian, October, 2002, Erlene Bishop Killeen, review of Premiere Events, p. 38; October, 2003, Peter Genco, review of Leadership for Today's School Library: A Handbook for the Library Media Specialist and the School Principal, p. 35.