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.