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Dr. Joe Pendleton


Dr. Pendleton is currently serving as the Lead Librarian in the Gibbs Library and Media Center at Highland Park High School.  Prior to coming to HPHS, he served as Librarian at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in downtown Dallas, and as co-Librarian at North Dallas High School in Uptown Dallas.  His teaching career began in 1995, and he came to HPHS in the fall of 2016.
He transitioned into library science after a successful career as a musician and professor.  Featured as a soloist and actor, his credits include My Fair Lady, Camelot, The Music Man, Show Boat, Sound of Music, Handel's Messiah, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Faure's Requiem, Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte, and Haydn's Creation among others.  Dr. Pendleton is also a published author with articles, reviews, and other writings in print and online journals.  He is also a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda (Kappa Alpha chapter) national music honor society and the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Zeta Sigma chapter) national music fraternity.
Being in the library is "the best job I have ever had.  I get to see many more students than when I was teaching, and help them polish or finish their class projects."  Research is a special interest to him because of the endless variety of topics and conclusions the students create or discover.  "The library is the gymnasium of the mind, the weightlifting room of the intellect."
Master of Science in Library Science - 2015 - University of North Texas
Doctor of Philosophy in Fine Arts - 2005 - Texas Tech University
Master of Music - 2000 - Southwestern Seminary
Bachelor of Music - 1993 - Dallas Baptist University

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Dr. Pendleton can help with...

  • Research papers and formatting (MLA, APA, Turabian, etc...)
  • Password resets
  • Documents and infographics
  • Technology problems and workarounds
  • Device charging
  • Book selection for choice or class reading assignments
  • Innovative classroom scheduling and setup
  • Library operations, policy or guidelines issues
  • Donations, requests, or purchasing
  • Librarian collaboration in classrooms (presentations, research skills, social media/digital citizenship, etc...)
  • Library student aide program
  • Feedback concerning the Library
  • National Library Week
  • Power Up at Your Library Week
  • Teen Read Week
  • Texas Library Association information
  • Online Databases
  • Print and Online magazines
  • American Library Association information, and
  • anything not on this list that has to do with the library!