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 (http://paschoollibraryproject.org/home), an IMLS National Leadership Research Project. In the past four years, she has been a lead presenter and steering committee member of the Pennsylvania School Library Leadership Academies funded with state LSTA funds.
- MS in Information Studies, Drexel University
- BS in Library Science and Supervisory Certificate, Millersville University (PA)
- “School Libraries Are Under Attack." New Republic, July 13, 2015.
- “The Advocacy Continuum.” Teacher Librarian, Feb. 2017
- “Who Should Teach our Kids the Difference between Real and Fake News – Our Librarians!” [Op-ed]. Harrisburg Patriot/PennLive.com. February 13, 2017
- “ESSA – An Opportunity for School Library Funding.” Co-authored with Sara Kelly Johns. Teacher Librarian, April 2017
- “Communicate Your Unique Contribution.” Teacher Librarian, April 2017
- “Status Report-State Legislation Requiring School Librarians.” Teacher Librarian, June 2017
- “Fake News Provides an Opportunity to Develop Parent Advocates.” School Library Connection,/Sept. 2017
- Lead author, Activism and the School Librarian: Tools for Advocacy and Survival. ABC-CLIO Publishers, 2012.
- School Library Research Summarized: A Graduate Class Project. Rev. ed. Mansfield Univeristy, 2013.
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 is the Legislative Liaison 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.
- “Sharing the Vision-Administrator/Librarian Joint Professional Development Workshop.” Broome-Tioga BOCES, Binghamton, NY, May 20, 2016. LibGuide.
- AASL Webinar: “Your Principal Partnership: Communicating Library Program Success Is Key to Your Success.” Co-presented with Mary Kay Biagini. AdobeConnect. October 4, 2016.
- “School Library Advocacy Workshop.” Delaware County (PA) IU Professional Development Day, November 8, 2016. LibGuide
- “Grantwriting 101.” Co-presented with Dr. Christie Kaaland. Washington Library Association Conference, Tacoma, WA, November 4, 2017, and AASL Conference, Phoenix, AZ, on 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