Editors 2016

Beginning with the February 2016 issue, Teacher Librarian Welcomes New Editors


Editor, Deb Levitov

Deborah D. Levitov, Ph.D. worked in various roles (e.g., educator, teacher librarian and district coordinator) for the Lincoln Public School District in Lincoln, NE for over 25 years. She was the managing editor of the former publication known as School Library Monthly for 10 years, offering content for school librarian professionals, covering topics such as inquiry learning and instruction, advocacy and leadership, collaborative practices, and management of school libraries. She has chaired or been a member of various committees for the American Library Association related to advocacy: the AASL Standards (L4L), Common Core, and the School Library Media Program of the Year Award (SLMPY). She has also contributed to professional literature in the form of books, book chapters, and articles (see: http://www.schoollibraryadvocacy.org/editors.html for more detail). Her dissertation was related to advocacy for school librarians and libraries (http://gradworks.umi.com/34/55/3455499.html). Curriculum Vitae. 



Associate Editor, Christie Kaaland

Christie Kaaland, Ed.D. has been active in the school library field for over 25 years. She was a librarian in Tacoma SD for 11 years before joining Antioch University Seattle in 2003 where she launched the university’s school library certification program. Currently, she works in concert with local school districts to offer certification as well as professional development training for teacher-librarians. Recognizing the importance of the work “in the trenches”, Christie establishes district partnership, spending time with certification candidates and current librarians in schools. Her roles include active membership in WLMA, AASL, ALA, and author, presenter, grant-writer and certification supervisor as well as library activist: Kaaland has been a key player in national and state legislation  related to school libraries. She presents annually at library conferences on topics related to advocacy, issues in children’s literature, disaster recovery, and leadership.  She is the author of Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery in the School Library: Creating a Safe Haven, a contributing author to Activism and the School Librarian and writes frequently on library advocacy and issues in children’s literature. Curriculum Vitae.

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