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Gail Dickinson, Assistant Professor

Dr. Gail Dickinson is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Curriculum and Instruction. She received her undergraduate degree in education from Millersville State University in Pennsylvania, her master of library science (MLS) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and received her doctorate in educational administration (PhD) from the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on the program administration role of the school library media specialist, including measures to evaluate the effectiveness of the school library media program. She is interested in program evaluation at the building level, and also in school library and teacher preparation. Dr. Dickinson is a program reviewer and serves on the Board of Examiners for the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). She has also published extensively on National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification for school library media. She is active in the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and currently serves as chair of the National School Library Media Program of the Year (NSLMPY) committee and member of the NCATE coordinating and bylaws committees. Previously she was assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Selected Publications


  • Dickinson, G. K. (2005). Achieving National Board certification for school library media specialists: A study guide. Chicago, IL: ALA Publishing.
  • Dickinson, G. K. (2003). Empty pockets and full plates: Effective budget administration for school library media specialists. Worthington, OH: Linworth Publishing.
  • Dickinson, G. K. (2004). Portfolios in the school library media program. Chicago, IL: American Association of School Librarians.

Selected Refereed and Prestigious Practitioner Journals

  • Dickinson, G.K. (2005). How one child learns: The teacher-librarian as evidence-based practitioner. Teacher-Librarian,33 (1), 16-20.
  • Hinton-Johnson, K., & Dickinson, G. K. (2005). Narrowing the gap between readers and writers. Voices in the Middle, 13(1), 15-20.
  • Hinton-Johnson, K., & Dickinson, G. K. (2005). Guiding young readers to multicultural literature. LMC Connection, 23(7), 42-46.
  • Dickinson, G. K. (2005). National Board effects on school library media education (reprint). In B. Woolls & D. Loertsher (Eds.), The whole school library handbook (pp. 171-176). Chicago, IL: ALA Publishing.
  • Dickinson, G. K. (2005). Crying over spilled milk. LMC Connection, 23(7), 24-26.
  • Reinhart, J., Barron, P., Dickinson, G. K., & Hersberger, J. (2004). Challenges, content, collaboration, and creativity with distance education resources: A case study. College and University Media Review, 10(2), 43-62. *
  • Dickinson, G. K., Cogdell, E., & Gavigan, K. (2004). Transitioning from curriculum materials center to school library media center in pre-service teacher education. Education Libraries, 27(1), 11-15. *
  • Greenblatt, M., Dickinson, G. K., & Simpson, C. M. (2004). Tickling the ivory (towers): Implementing the research question. Knowledge Quest, 33(2), 75-76. *

Papers Presented at Professional Meetings

  • Dickinson, G. K. (2006). Performance appraisal as social construction of identity. Association of Library and Information Science Educators (ALISE). San Antonio, TX. January 17, 2006.
  • Dickinson, G. K. (2005). The impact of National Board certification for school library media specialists. Paper presented at the Sixth World Conference on Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning; pre-conference to the International Federation of Library Associations, Oslo, Norway. *
  • Marcoux, E. and Dickinson, G.K. Brand Name: The Confusion of the Nomenclature in the School Library Media Profession. Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) San Diego. Jan. 7, 2004.
  • Dickinson, G. and Kester, D. Turf, Teaming, and Technology. North Carolina Association of Educational Communications and Technology. March 18-19, 2004. Charlotte, NC.
  • Dickinson, G. School of Education Research Forum. Poster Session: Media Coordinator Performance Appraisal: A Validation Study. April 4, 2004.

Selected Professional Service

  • NCATE Board of Examiner member, 2002 - 2005, reappointed 2006 - 2009.
  • Project LEAD Advisory Committee. Florida State University. 7/1/2006 - 6/30/2006. Advisory board member for a grant-funded development project to develop a 12-credit post-master's certificate program to aid candidates for National Board certification in school library media.
  • Embracing Excellence: School Librarians for the 21st Century. Oneida-Herkimer-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). Outside evaluator for 3-year grant to develop an online master's program in cooperation with the State University of New York at Buffalo.
  • 103 Outstanding School Library Media Specialists. Whole School Library Handbook, Chicago: ALA, 2005.
  • American Association of School Librarians (AASL).
  • Candidate for President, Spring, 2005. Board of Directors, 1994-1997.
  • Chair: National School Library Media Program of the Year committee, 2005 - 2006
  • NCATE Coordinating committee, 2002-2004
  • Leadership Forum Planning committee, 2001-2002
  • Membership Task Force Chair, 1996-98
  • Affiliate Assembly, 1994-1995
  • Membership committee, 19911-1993
  • Co-Chair: NCATE Standards Revision Task Force, 2001-2002
  • Member: Bylaws, 2004-2006
  • Vision Expansion Committee, 2002-2003
  • Research Committee 2000-2002