Deborah Lang Froggatt

Director of the Boston Arts Academy/Fenway High School Library and the Boston Symphony Orchestra Education Resource Center

Deborah Lang Froggatt

Deborah Lang Froggatt is the director of the Boston Arts Academy/Fenway High School Library and the Boston Symphony Orchestra Education Resource Center. This educational facility serves the students and faculties of two, urban pilot schools and teachers across the Commonwealth.

Froggatt instructs LIS 407, Reference and Information Services. She brings to this course multi-type library experiences, serving as an administrator and practitioner in hospital, public, school and academic library settings.   Throughout her library career, she has facilitated numerous professional development workshops on information literacy integration, grants and resource-based learning for Boston Center for Collaborative Education's Annual Meeting and MA Teachers Association Summer Conference, the MA School Library Media Association and the five school districts for which she has been employed. She also advises Simmons SLIS school library intern practicum students and employs SLIS school library and archives student interns and volunteers. This authentic learning offers SLIS students practical experience as well as extends the Boston Arts Academy and Fenway High School library media and archives programs.

Froggatt earned a bachelor's in history from Miami University, a master's of Christian education from Princeton Theological Seminary and a master's in library science from Southern Connecticut State University. She is completing her doctoral coursework for the Simmons SLIS Ph.D. program with an anticipated graduation date of May 2013. Her work with urban high school students prompts her investigation of the impact of the lack of library access on academic success. Public school libraries and issues of equity are a professional and personal passion.  During her career, Froggatt has collaborated with academic educators and has procured grants totaling more than $40,000 in federal and foundation funding. Her investigation of application for an Institute for Museum and Library Services planning grant produced research on grant management theory. This work was presented at the Eastern Academy of Management's 2011 annual meeting. She has managed all levels of school libraries and has served as a trustee of her local public library, a technology committee member for her children's school districts, treasurer and vice president of the Northeast MA Regional Library System. Currently, she serves on the MA Library System executive board and is co-chairing the Association of Library and Information Science (ALISE) doctoral student poster session.