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Deb Raftus: Education & Background

Librarian for French & Italian Studies, Spanish & Portuguese Studies, Latin American & Caribbean Studies, and German Studies

Education & Professional Activities


  • Master of Library & Information Science
    Information School, University of Washington, Seattle, WA   
  • Master of Arts in French
    Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT and Paris, France   
    Integrated program with the Sorbonne (University of Paris I and III)
  • Bachelor of Arts in French
    University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
    Junior year abroad at the Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier, France  

Prior Experience

  • Psychology Librarian/Reference & Instruction Librarian
    University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, GA  
  • Student Graduate Assistant
    Odegaard Undergraduate Library, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Reference Assistant
    Olin/Uris Libraries, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • TEFL certified English Teacher (ESL & EFL), Boston, MA and Paris, France

Professional memberships

  • American Library Association (ALA)
  • Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)
    • European Studies Section (ESS)
    • Instruction Section (IS)
  • Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM)
  • Collaborative Initiative for French Language Collections (CIFNAL), Center for Research Libraries
  • German-North American Resources Partnership (GNARP), Center for Research Libraries

Current Leadership Positions

  • Co-chair, Librarian Personnel Committee
  • Web Administrator, ACRL ESS
  • GNARP Secretary


  • CIFNAL Travel Stipend for the 2020 CRL conference: New Shape of Sharing: Networks, Expertise, Information
  • The ACRL-Washington Excellence Award, 2016
  • CIFNAL Travel Stipend for the 2014 AIFBD  (Association internationale francophone des bibliothécaires et documentalistes) conference
  • UW Libraries’ Peer-to-Peer Recognition (11 recognitions)
  • Faculty Newcomer of the Year, University of Georgia Libraries ASSET Awards, 2007
  • Best Committee/Group Collaboration, University of Georgia Libraries ASSET Awards,  2007
  • ALA Emerging Leader, 2007
  • ACRL 12th National Conference Library School Student Scholarship, 2005


  • French (Fluent)
  • Spanish (Intermediate)
  • Italian (Reading Knowledge)
  • Portuguese (Reading Knowledge)

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