Deb Levitov curriculum vitae



3520 South 35th Street

Lincoln, Nebraska  68506





Ph.D. University of Missouri, Information Science and Learning

Technologies (2009).


M. Ed.  University of Nebraska- Lincoln. Administrative,

Supervisory Certificate and  Library Media Endorsement,  K-12.


Teaching Certificate, K-6, University of Nebraska- Lincoln.

B.A. University of Nebraska- Lincoln (Social  Welfare).





2005-June, 2015     Libraries Unlimited/ABC-CLIO

Managing Editor of School Library Monthly, a professional magazine for school librarians.


1993-2005               Lincoln Public Schools

Coordinaor of Library and Staff Librarian; Library Media Services, Lincoln Public Schools.

In charge of professional development for over 60 school librarians, K-12; oversaw online and nonprint acquisitions; planned the multi-year retroconversion process for the district; helped to establish a district-wide electronic library circulation and catalog system; worked with curriculum consultants to integrate information literacy skills; edited the information literacy publication, Guide to Integrated Information Literacy Skills (2000, 2003) estabished district contracts with vendors of K-12 products; maintained communications with vendors; helped to obtain and implement a 1.2 million dollar Dewitt Wallace/Reader’s Digest Library Power grant.

1981-1993               Lincoln Public Schools

Elementary school librarian: Pershing (1981-85), Kahoa (1985-90) and Park/Everett Elementary (1990-1993) Schools. Planned and implemented a flexibly scheduled library media program at each school that integrated information literacy skills in collaboration with teachers K-6.




Levitov, Deborah. Activism and the School Librarian: Tools for Advocacy and Survival. Editor.Libraries Unlimited, 2012.


Levitov, Deborah. “Educating School Administrators.” School Library Monthly, 26, No. 6 (February 2010): 45-47.


Levitov, Deborah. Guide for Developing and Evaluating School Library Programs, 7th ed. Editor. Libraries Unlimited, 2000, 2006.


Levitov, Deborah. “Language—Communication or Jargon?” School Library Monthly, 24, No. 5 (January 2008): 45-46.


Levitov, Deborah. “New Directions: The Unplanned Path to Publishing.” Knowledge Quest, 38, No. 5 (May/June2010): 46-51.


Levitov, Deborah. “One Libray Media Specialist’s Unplanned Journey to Understanding Advocacy.” Knowledge Quest, 36, No. 1 (September/October 2007): 28-31.


Levitov, Deborah. “Perspectives of School Administrators Related to School Libraries” in School Libraries Matter: Views from Research. Mirah J. Dow,Editor. Libraries Unlimited, 2013.


Levitov, Deborah. “Perspectives of Schoool Administrators Related to School Library Media Programs After Participating in an Online Course, “School Library Advocacy for Administrators.”” Ph.D. diss., University of Missouri, 2009.


Levitov, Deborah. “The School Librarian as an Advocacy Leader” in The Many Faces of School Library Leadership. Sharon Coatney, Editor. Libraries Unlimited, 2010.


Levitov, Deborah. “School Librarians and the CCSS: Knowing, Claiming, and Acting on Their Expertise” in Inquiry and the Common Core: Librarians and Teachers Designing Teaching for Learning. Violet H. Harada and Sharon Coatney, Editors. Libraries Unlimited 2014.


Levitov, Deborah. “Teaching and Learning: The Heart of Advocacy” in Activism and the School Librarian: Tools for Advocacy and Survival. Deborah Levitov, Editor.Libraries Unlimited, 2012.




2013            Chair and member of the AASL Common Core Implementation Assistance Task Force


2011            Advisory Board; IMLS Grant for Building a Bridge to Literacy for African-American Male Youth: A Call to Action for the Library Community


2011            AASL Standards and Guidelines Implementaton Task Force Committee


2010            AASL Collaborative School Library Media Award Committee


2010            ALA Presidential Initiative Leadership Workgroup on Advocacy for Libraries.


2010            Co-chair of the Nebraska Information Power Implementation Committee, 1998-Present.


2008            Member of the AASL Advocacy Standing Committee.


2007-10       AASL Advocacy Inistitute Presenter (Presenter of Institutes as assigned nationally).


2007            Presenter, AASL Preconference “AASL Advocay Institute,” Reno, NV


2007            Co-presenter  for NYLA/SLMS ’07 Conference “Stop Talking to the Trees: Plant Seeds for Program Growth,” Syracuse, N.Y.


2005-07       Chair of the AASL Advocacy Special Committee.


2006            Presenter, AASL Preconference “Transforming the Support of School Library Media Programs Through Advocacy.” New Orleans, LA.


2003-05       Chair of the AASL “@ your library Special Committee.”


  1. Keynote Speaker, Colorado Association of Libraries “Powerful Connections @ your library.”  Denver, CO.2003            Presenter for 3M Corporation’s “@ Your Library” campaign for school libraries,  planningretreat, MN.2002            Presenter, “Advocacy @ your library” for the  Leadership & Technology @ your library Workshop,NEMA ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant & IMLS Grant.


    2000            Committee member for Nebraska State Department’s School Library Media Programs Policy Study.


    2000-01       Instructor & Developer of an IMLS Online Course: “Literacy Online”, launched in October, 2000.


    1993            Member of the DeWitt Wallace Reader’s Digest Library Power Grant  Advisory and Writing Committee, Lincoln Public Schools Foundation.




    2004        Nebraska Library Association Louise Nixon Scholarship.


    2004        Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Rho State-Nebraska Scholarship.


    2003        University of Missouri  Lucille Marie Cobb Memorial Scholarship.


    1999        Presidential Award, Nebraska Educational Media Association.


    1998        Distinguished Media Service Award, Nebraska Educational Media Association.


    1993        Induction into Phi Delta Kappa, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chapter.


    1993        Lincoln Public Schools Foundation Classroom Grant: “Meet the Everett Family: We are the World.”


    1993        Lincoln Public Schools Foundation “Gold Star Salute” for outstanding achievement in LPS.


    1991        Presidential Award for Leadership, Nebraska Educational Media Association.


    1989        Sound Off Award, Innovation in the Library Media Profession, Nebraska Educational Media Association.


    1988        Bill Backer Memorial Scholarship to attend the AASL conference in New Orleans.


    1985        Much Ado About Marketing Award; School Category for Excellence in Library Media Promotions, Nebraska

    Library Association.




    Professional Memberships:


    American Library Association

    American Association of School Librarians

    Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

    Delta Kappa Gama, Zeta Chapter

    Nebraska Association of School Librarians

    Nebraska Library Association

    Phi Delta Kappa

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