Patricia Alvarado Named Director of Digital Media and Learning Resources
Patricia Alvarado has been named Irving ISD’s director of digital media and learning resources, effective October 13. Alvarado is currently the coordinator of library media services for Dallas ISD, a post she has held since 2013. Prior to that, she worked as a middle school media specialist, elementary school librarian and bilingual teacher.
“Mrs. Alvarado has proven herself to be an exceptional librarian and digital media specialist,” says Associate Superintendent of Schools, Adam Grinage, Ed.D. “In her previous role as a supervisor of library programs, she demonstrated the skills, knowledge and expertise to effectively lead our library program to excellence. The administration is excited to have Mrs. Alvarado join the Irving ISD team.”
As Director of Digital Media and Learning Resources, Alvarado will oversee the district’s 36 libraries, ensuring they have the resources to promote successful 21st century digital learning.
Alvarado believes that quality school library programs significantly impact student achievement and that an effective school librarian can empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers and ethical users of information.
“I am excited to be a part of a group of stellar educators focused on meeting the diverse needs of our school community,” Alvarado says. “I understand the growing need for school libraries to use innovative and forward-thinking practices and am excited to respond to that charge.”
Throughout her career, Alvarado has written and received grants for multiple programs, presented at a librarian symposium and served as campus technology facilitator.
She earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi and a master’s degree in library and information science from Texas Woman’s University. She is a member of the Texas Association of School Libraries and the Texas Computer Education Association, an organization devoted to the use of technology in education.