Dr. Christina Dorr has been an adjunct instructor for Kent State’s iSchool since 2006. She graduated from OSU with a Ph.D. in education and from SUNY Albany with an M.L.S. She's completed her 30th year as a Media Specialist in June 2020, and has retired from that part of her professional life. She has boasting rights for having taught students from preschool to graduate school.
Some of Dorr’s professional interests include multicultural children’s literature, emergent literacy, educational standards, and educational technology. She's written and presented on topics of school librarianship, and children's and young adult literature for over 25 years, including having published two books with Liz Deskins: LGBTQAI+ Books for Children and Teens: Providing a Window for All (ALA Publications, 2018) and Linking Picture Book Biographies to National Content Standards: 200+ Lives to Explore (Libraries Unlimited, 2015). Her third book, The Best Award-Winning Children’s Books and Power Strategies for Using them in Your Program, published through the Bureau of Education and Research, was released November 2020. Her fourth book, From Poverty to Possibility: Serving Children and Teens in Generational Poverty Through Literature, will be released September 2021 through ALA Publications. She also has served on several state and national book award committees, most recently as a member of the 2020 Caldecott Committee through American Library Association.
*The School of Information faculty are superstars in the field. Therefore, it is impossible to list all of the work they do on one page. Listed below is a small selection of Dr. Dorr’s recent work. Further information can be viewed in her CV (found below) or her website.
School Library Media K-12
Library & Information Science
LIS 60630 Reference Sources and Services for Youth
LIS 61095 ST: Gender and Sexual Identity in Children's LIT
Dorr, C. (forthcoming 2021, September). From poverty to possibility: Serving children and teens in generational poverty through literature. ALA Publications.
Dorr, C. (2020, November). The best award winning books and powerful strategies to use them, K-6. Bureau of Education and Research.
Dorr, C. (2020, April). Books and authors: Talking with Matthew Cordell. Book Links.
Dorr, C. (2019, April). Books and Authors: Talking with Roxie Munro. Book Links.
Dorr, C. & Deskins, L. (2018, February). LGBTQAI+ Books for children and teens: Providing a window for all. ALA Publications. ISBN: 978-0838916490
University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum, Floyd Dickman Outstanding Librarian Award (2019)
OELMA/Follett School Solutions Outstanding School Librarian Award, Ohio Educational Library Media Association (2018)
Scholastic Publishing Award, American Library Association (2018)
Children and Public Education Award, Ohio Educational Association (2016)
Leadership in Action Award, Ohio Educational Library Media Association (2014)
Reviewer for Horn Book Guide (2016 - Present)
Served on several of the American Library Association’s (ALA) committees (2006 - 2020)
Served on the Ohio Department of Education’s Social/Emotional Learning Advisory Committee (2017 - 2018)
Served on the OELMA Conference Author Committees (2017, 2018)
Focus Group Member for AASL, Professional Development (2015 - 2017)
Served on YALSA’s Teen Top Ten Committee (2016 - 2017)
Served on the American Library Association’s Ethnic & Multicultural Information & Exchange Round Table and Coretta Scott King Committee Member (2014 - Present), Award Jury Member (2015 - 2017)
American Library Association (ALA), Member (1995 - Present)
Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), Member (1995 - Present)
American Association of School Librarians (AASL), Member (1995 - Present)
Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), Member (2014 - Present)
Ohio Educational Library Media Association, Member (1998 - Present)
Choose to Read Ohio (2015 - Present)
Ohioana (2013 - Present)
Children’s Literature Assembly (2014 - Present)
Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts (2013 - Present)
Ph.D in Education with focus in Children’s and Teen Literature, Diverse Literature, and Emergent Literacy from The Ohio State University, M.L.S. in School Library Media (K-12) from the State University of New York at Albany, B.A. in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College, A.A. in Liberal Arts from the State University of New York Jefferson