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Christie E. Kaaland

Antioch University Seattle

Before joining Antioch University Seattle School of Education, Dr. Christie Kaaland was a junior and senior high school English and drama teacher and an elementary teacher-librarian in Tacoma. While working in a school library and serving on the executive board of WLMA, Kaaland first became interested in developing a school library program at Antioch.

Within school librarianship, Kaaland serves as associate editor of the only peer-reviewed scholarly journal for teacher-librarians, Teacher Librarian: The Journal for School Library Professionals. Additionally, she has served as guest editor for the American Library Association organization’s school library journal, Knowledge Quest, March-April 2020, “Virile Advocacy.” (PDF, new window)

In her school library advocacy work, Kaaland helps promote the importance of the school library’s role in providing equitable access to information and resources for all children, and promoting state and national legislative reform related to school libraries.

Educational History

  • BA, English and Education, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA
  • MA, Educational Administration, University of Washington
  • EdD, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Washington

Teaching Statement

“The students at Antioch are a gift from whom I constantly receive joy, wisdom and enlightenment.”


Recent Articles

  • “The Many ‘Legs’ of School Library Legislative Advocacy.” Knowledge Quest. March-April 2020.
  •  “An Author Interview with Dan Gemeinhart.” Teacher Librarian. Sept-Oct 2019.
  •  “Creating a Climate of Voracious Readers: The Impact of Major School Library Funding.” Teacher Librarian. Sept-Oct, 2017.
  • “WSLLIT, The Backstory: How School Library Impact Studies Happen.” Teacher Librarian, October 2015.
  • “Promoting Diverse Literature in School Libraries.” School Library Connection. Sept. 2015.
  • “Literary Conversations: Teens and Authors.” School Library Monthly. Jan. 2013.
  • “Developing a District-Wide School Library Advocacy Plan: Part 2: Visibility and Vigilance.” School Library Monthly. Jan. 2012; Part 1 Dec, 2011.
  • “School Library Language for Legislators.” School Library Monthly. March, 2011.
  • “Proactive Advocacy: Emergency Preparedness for the School Library.” School Library Monthly. Jan. 2011.
  • Horace Mann Award, 2008
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services, Laura Bush grant for $1 million for scholarships for library students 2007
  • Golden Acorn Award, Browns Point, 1999, in recognition of community service

Core Faculty,

School of Education


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