Lizabeth Lee Deskins

 2647 Trottersway Drive
Columbus, OH 43235

Phone: 614-571-7144



Master of Arts in Education, 1999, with a focus on Literature for Children and Young Adults
    Ohio State University

Additional graduate level coursework, 1999-present, resulting in K-12 Reading Endorsement, Language Arts and Social Studies licensure, grades 5-9.
    Ashland University, Kent State University, Ohio State University

Bachelor of Arts in Library Science, 1991
    Ohio Dominican College


Library Media Specialist, 2012 – 2018
Hilliard Bradley High School, Hilliard City Schools, Ohio

Library Media Specialist, 2001 – 2012
J.W. Reason Elementary, Hilliard City Schools, Hilliard, Ohio

Library Media Specialist, 1991-2001
Evening Street Elementary, Worthington Schools, Worthington, Ohio

Adjunct Professor, Kent State University, 2017 to present
Various courses in iSchool


Adjunct Professor, Ohio Dominican University, 1999 to 2007

  • Children’s Literature to pre-service teachers.
  • Technology courses to education/library science students.
  • Library Methods to students (course before student teaching).
  • Library science student teacher Supervisor.


  • Frequent speaker at Ohio Library Educational Media Association & Dublin Literacy Conferences; subjects include: literacy, inquiry, technology and collaboration strategies.
  • Workshop presenter for Kent State University.
  • Presenter, Mazza Institute, 2013, 2016.
  • Presenter at Virginia Hamilton Multicultural Conference. 2013, 2015, 2016.
  • Contributor to Book Links, School Media Monthly, and LMC (Library Media Connection). 
  • Curriculum editor and columnist for Library Media Connection. 2015-2020.
  • Editorial Review Board Member of Language Arts Journal, 2008-2018.
  • Advisory Board member for Lerner Publishing Group, 2008-2010.
  • Buckeye Children’s Book Award Past Council member, Past President.
  • Created Librarians Who Read book club, where librarians from different districts meet regularly to discuss children’s literature.
  • Member of OELMA (Ohio Educational Library Media Association), have held several positions; Past President.
  • Member of ALA (American Library Association), worked on the following committees:

         – AASL (American Association of School Librarians), Best List Task Force. (Became AASL Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning.)
         Chair of committee to create Past President’s Planning Grant Committee.
        -ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children), School-Age Programs and Service Committee.
        Past chair of Carnegie Notable Videos Committee.

  • Member of NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English).
  • Member of OCTELA.
  • Ohio Master Teacher, Chair of Hilliard City Schools Master Teacher committee, 2015-2018.
  • Teacher Liaison of Columbus National Writing Project.
  • Co-chair of Local Arrangements, 2015 AASL National Conference
  • Presented with Dr. Meghan Harper at IASL, “Helping Students Who Hurt: Care-Based Practices in School Libraries”, 2017
  • Presented at NCTE National Conference, We’re Still Here, Using and Sharing LGBTQAI Literature, 2018
  • GLBTRT Stonewall Committee Book Awards, Children and Young Adults Subcommittee, July 2018-June 2019.
  • Pre-Conference Presenter, AASL Conference, November 2019


  • Created a Family Book Club, which provided books for families to read together, then come together and discuss in a book club fashion, 2007- 2011. (J.W. Reason)
  • Author of several successful HEF grants. (The 2017 Grant award allowed us to have award winning author Jason Reynolds)
  • Member of BIT (Building Improvement Team) 2001-2011.
  • Brought in 2 authors (Chris Crutcher & Jay Asher) to underpin school wide anti-bullying project.
  • Advisor to National Honor Society and Jaguar Ambassadors, service and honor organizations at Bradley.


Deskins, L., and Dorr, C. (2016) Linking Picture Book Biographies to National Content Standards: 200+ Lives to Explore.  Libraries Unlimited.

Dorr, C., and Deskins, L., (2018) LGBTQAI+ Books for Children and Teens: Providing a Window for All.  ALA Publications.

Deskins, L. (2019) Content Collaboration for Secondary Grades. ALA Publications.

Journal Articles:

  • Harper, M., and Deskins, L.Using Action Research to Assess and Advocate for Innovative School Library Design.” Knowledquest, Nov./Dec., 2015.
  • Deskins, L., and Dorr, C. (2014) “Let’s Choose Picture Book Biographies to Enrich Science Studies”. School Library Monthly, November 2014.
  • Deskins, L., and Warren-Gross, L. “Preview/Review Go Digital.” School    Library Monthly, May 2012.
  • Deskins, L. (2012). “Inquiry Studies: Needed Skills”. School Library Monthly, February 2012.
  • Deskins, L. (2011). Parents, Reading Partners, Library Advocates. Library Media Connection, Nov./Dec., 2011.
  •   Deskins, L. & Dorr, C. “The Magic Behind the Magic School Bus.” BookLinks, June, 2011.
  • Deskins, L. & Dorr, C.  “What Makes Me a Good Global Citizen?: Using Inquiry to Explore Our Rights & Responsibilities.” BookLinks, January, 2011.
  • Deskins, L. & Dorr, C. “New Spins on Old Heroes:  Engaging Today’s Readers with Historical Figures.”  Booklinks, October, 2009.
  • Deskins, L. & Dorr, C.  “Web 2.0 and Global Awareness.”  BookLinks Online, October 2009.
  • Deskins, L. & Dorr, C.  “Can We Talk?” Booklinks, November, 2008.
  • Deskins, L. & Dorr, C. “Got Art? Infusing Art Into Social Studies Content Areas.”  Booklinks, September, 2007.

Online Courses for AASL:

  • Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Infusing Literacy Skills into the Inquiry Process
  • Making a Place, Making a Case for Read-Alouds: A Powerful Teaching Tool for Literacy
  • BYOL: Bring your own lessons into the 21st century!

Webinars for Infohio:

  • Award-Winning Web 2.0 Sites for Collaboration, Creativity, and Innovation, February 2014
  • Letting Go of Lesson Planning Stress with AASL’s Lesson Plan Database, August 2013
  • Support inquiry learning: Using critical thinking and 21st Century Resources, December 2011
  • Are You Encouraging Student Success through Inquiry and Research? Inquiry is Happening in Elementary Schools, November 2010

Webinar for ALSC:

  • LGBTQAI+ Books to Share, Conversations to Have, March 23, 2018.

Webinar for BookList:

  • Commemorating Stonewall: The Latest in LGBTQ+ Lit, June, 2019.

References supplied upon request.