Jo Ellen Priest Misakian

Library Media Program Director
Educational Technology Program Co-Director
Wiebe Education Center, Room 106

What programs do you teach in?

I teach courses in the school library media program and the educational technology program in the School of Education.


B.S., general studies, New York Institute of Technology
M.L.S., library science, San Jose State University

Professional and Service Experience

  • Fresno County Office of Education: Library Services Specialist
  • Sanger Unified School District: Lone Star & John Wash Elementary School Libraries
  • President, California School Library Association
  • Chair, Central Valley Library Consortium
  • Chair, Central Valley Reads Roundtable
  • Director-Elect, Region VII, American Association of School Librarians
  • Director, Region VII, American Association of School Librarians
  • Executive Director, Heartland Regional Library Network of the Library of California
  • Advisory Board, Teacher Librarian Journal
  • Chair, CSLA (California School Library Association) Research Task Force
  • Advisory Board, Infopeople
  • Advisory Board, Arne Nixon Center for Children's Literature
  • Advisory Board, William Saroyan Society

Professional Affiliations

  • American Library Association
  • American Association of School Librarians
  • Reference and User Services Association
  • Association for Library Service to Children
  • California School Library Association

Personal Experiences

A notable library activity during my school library tenure was the circulation of a petition among middle school students which eventuated in the production of a major motion picture of S.E. Hinton's book The Outsiders by Francis Coppola. We, Lone Star students and myself, were allowed to read the first screenplay and were influential in getting the story "right" for the screen.

Publications and Presentations

  • Numerous journal and newspaper articles
  • The Essential School Library Glossary, published by Linworth Publishing, Inc., 2004
  • California Power: A Parent's Guide to School Libraries, with David Loertscher, published by Willow Research & Publishing, 2004