Debra E. Kachel
Affiliate Faculty, School of Education
Deb Kachel was a high school librarian and supervisor of a Pennsylvania K-12 school district library program for over 30 years. She has taught face-to-face and online courses for over 15 years at Drexel University, Mansfield University (PA), and McDaniel College (MD).
Kachel has written and administered several federal IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) scholarship grants and was Project Director for the Pennsylvania school library impact study of 2012, an IMLS National Leadership Research Project. She is a lead steering committee member, presenter, and mentor of the Pennsylvania School Library Leadership Academies funded with state LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) funds.
Collaborating with AUS’s School of Education, Kachel served as lead grant writer on an Alternative Routes Block “ARTC” Grant to address teacher and school librarian shortages in Washington. Funded at $560,000 for 2018-2020, this scholarship program funds Kent School District para-educators with $8,000 scholarships to earn teacher and add-on endorsements in either ELL or school library media.
- MS in Information Studies, Drexel University
- BS in Library Science and Supervisory Certificate, Millersville University (PA)
- “Advocating for Collaboration.” Teacher Librarian, April 2019.
- “The Power of Story as an Advocacy Tool. Teacher Librarian, February 2019.
- “School Librarians as Equity Warriors: Advocating for all Students.” Teacher Librarian, December 2018.
- “Talking to Students about Politics: What’s Acceptable Practice?” Teacher Librarian, October 2018.
- Why School Librarians Matter: What Years of Research Tell Us. Phi Delta Kappan, March 26, 2018. Co-authored with Keith Curry Lance.
- Changing Times: Where Have all the School Librarians Gone? Teacher Librarian, April 2018. Co-authored with Keith Curry Lance.
- A Perfect Storm: National, State, and Local Factors Impact the School Librarian Evolution. School Library Journal, March 16, 2018.
In 2014, Kachel was awarded the prestigious AASL Distinguished Service Award for her state and national leadership in school library advocacy work.
Kachel is a frequent conference and workshop presenter and currently writes the advocacy column for Teacher Librarian. She has served on various committees of the American Association of School Librarians and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Advocacy Committee to the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association.
Teacher librarians need to not only be well prepared in all aspects of school librarianship, such as, collection management, instruction, collaboration, and library management, but must also be able to defend and build support for the continuation of school library programs and appropriate staffing among stakeholders and decision makers. It is my professional goal to help prepare teacher librarians, as they master necessary content knowledge about school library programs, to develop and apply advocacy skills to ensure that all K-12 students have access to a quality school library program and the expertise of a professionally-trained school librarian.
- School Library Journal’s Leadership Basecamp: “Effective Elevator Speeches that Resonate with your Stakeholders.” Rutgers University, NJ, May 3, 2019.
- AASL Standards Workshop, Level II: “Building Your Collaboration Action Plan with the AASL National School Library Standards” PSLA Pre-Conference, Hershey, PA, March 28, 2019, co-author
- “AASL National School Library Standards Regional Workshop.” Presented at 6 Pennsylvania locations, August 2018 through January 2019.
- “School Library Advocacy Workshop.” Co-presented with Dr. Christie Kaaland. Puget Sound Educational Service District, Renton, WA. April 21, 2018.
- “Grantwriting 101.” Co-presented with Dr. Christie Kaaland. AASL Conference, Phoenix, AZ, November 10, 2017.
- “You’re Worth It, But How Do You Show It? Demonstrating Your Unique Value to Your School Administrators.” Co-presented with Mary Kay Biagini. AASL Conference, Phoenix, AZ, November 10, 2017.