Lizabeth (Liz) Deskins began teaching as an adjunct instructor for Kent State’s School Library Media K-12 Program in 2017. Prior to teaching at Kent State, Liz taught graduate courses in education and library science at Ohio Dominican University for eight years. In addition, Liz has taught multiple online courses and webinars for the American Library Association's AASL and ALSC divisions, as well as for INFOhio. She has taught in elementary, high school and college.
Liz has worked 30+ years as a school librarian. Liz’s master’s degree focused on literature for children and young adults. Liz has presented on literacy, inquiry, technology and collaboration strategies at various professional conferences. She has co-authored two books with Dr. Christina Dorr: Linking Picture Book Biographies to National Content Standards: 200+ Lives to Explore (ABC-Clio, 2015) and LGBTQAI+ Books for Children and Teens: Providing a Window for All (ALA Editions, 2018). Her latest book is Content Area Collaborations for Secondary Grades, published by ALA Editions in 2019
*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 Liz Deskins’ recent work. For more information, view her CV (found below).
School Library Media K-12
Library & Information Science
LIS 60607 School Library Management
LIS 60629 Engaging School-Age Children
LIS 60630 Reference Sources and Services for Youth
Deskins, L. (2019). Content collaboration for secondary grades. ALA Editions. ISBN: 978-0838919446
Dorr, C., & Deskins, L. (2018). LGBTQAI+ books for children and teens: Providing a window for all. ALA Editions. ISBN: 978-0838916490
Deskins, L. & Dorr, C. (2016). Linking picture book biographies to national content standards: 200+ lives to explore. Libraries Unlimited. ISBN: 978-1440835230
Harper, M., & Deskins, L. (2015). Using action research to assess and advocate for innovative school library design. Knowledge Quest, 25-32.
Deskins, L., & Dorr, C. (2014). Let’s choose picture book biographies to enrich Science Studies. School Library Monthly.
Online Curriculum Editor for School Library Connection & ReViews (2015 - 2020)
Editorial Review Board Member of Language Arts Journal (2008 - 2018)
Review materials for Library Media Connection (2010 - 2016)
Stonewall Book Awards - Children’s and Young Adult subcommittee (2018-2019)
Served on the American Association of School Librarians’ Best List Task Force (became AASL Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning) (2007-2009)
Co-chair AASL National Conference, Local Arrangements (2015)
Recipient (with Dr. Christina Dorr) of the prestigious National School Library Media Program of the Year Award (NSLMPY), award for Hilliard City School libraries, awarded by the American Association of School Libraries (2006)
Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA), Member (1987-Present), President (2016)
American Library Association, Member (2005- Present)
Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), Member (2005 - Present)
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Member (2013- Present)
Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts, Member (2008 – 2018)
M.A in Education - Literature for Children and Young Adults from The Ohio State University, B.A in Library Science from Ohio Dominican College