RECENT NEWS About the Editors
Deb Levitov and Christie Kaaland named as editor and associate editor respectively of Teacher Librarian. Read more...
Dr. Christie Kaaland taught every grade, K-12, during her teaching career with Tacoma Public Schools, the last 12 years spent as an elementary librarian. It was while working as a school librarian that Kaaland first became interested in developing a school library program at Antioch University Seattle which later led her to her work in school library advocacy. She is currently the Associate Editor for Teacher Librarian.
Current advocacy work: Kaaland is a founding member of a national grassroots effort, Act4SL, working to address equitable access to a quality school library program for all children through national legislation for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
Following the attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School, Kaaland now advocates for the school library’s role in preparing for and responding to the broad range of disasters schools are faced with today. Her advocacy efforts promote “School Libraries as a Safe Haven”, encouraging librarians to find ways to provide a safe harbor for students under stressful situations. Her most recent publication, Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery for School Libraries: Creating a Safe Haven, provides multitude of tools for helping students cope with fallout from and preparation for disasters. Published in December 2014 by Libraries Unlimited.
Deborah D. Levitov, PH.D., is the Editor of Teacher Librarian. She worked in various roles (e.g., educator, school librarian and district coordinator) for the Lincoln Public School District in Lincoln, NE for over 25 years. She was also the managing editor of School Library Monthly for 10 years (2005-2015), offering the columns, "The Advocate," "Active Voices," and "Taking the Lead," all with an advocacy focus. Advocacy for school libraries has been a central focus of her career, including the following advocacy efforts: As the President of the Nebraska Educational Media Association (NEMA) she developed conferences that focused on Information Power and advocacy and co-chaired the state-wide NEMA Information Power Committee, from 1998-2005. She worked on the ALA @ your library campaign related to school libraries, leading a 3M-AASL 2003 training workshop geared to school libraries for the @ your library campaign. She served as Chair of the AASL @ your library Special Committee and the AASL Advocacy Committee which developed the AASL advocacy definitions and helped develop and deliver the AASL Advocacy Institute. In addition to authoring articles on advocacy, she contributed chapters with an advocacy focus in five books: "The School Librarian as an Advocacy Leader" in The Many Faces of School Library Leadership (LU, 2010) , "Perspectives of School Administrators Related to School Libraries" in School Libraries Matter (LU, 2013), "School Librarians and the CCSS: Knowing, Claiming, and Acting on Their Expertise" in Inquiry and the Common Core (LU, 2014), and she was the editor of Guide for Developing and Evaluating School Library Programs, 7 Ed. (LU, 2000) and Activism and the School Librarian (LU, 2012), contributing the chapter, "Teaching and Learning: The Heart of Advocacy." Also, the focus of her dissertation was advocacy, Perspectives of School Administrators Related to School Library Media Programs After Participating In An Online Course, "School Library Advocacy for Administrators" (University of MO-Columbia, 2009).