The Project Team

Ann WeeksProject Director

Dr. Ann Carlson Weeks has been a member of the Lilead Project Team since its creation in 2011. Prior to her appointment at the University, she was Director of Library and Information Services for the Chicago Public Schools, Executive Director of the youth divisions at the American Library Association, and Coordinator for the National Library Power Program.  In 2016, Ann received Provost’s Award for Outstanding Professional Track Faculty at the University of Maryland.


Jeffrey DiScala

Director of Research and Planning

Dr. Jeffrey DiScala is an Assistant Professor in the Darden College of Education at Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA). He received his PhD and MLS in school librarianship from the University of Maryland. Prior to obtaining his doctorate, he was a middle school librarian in Prince George’s County, Maryland. His research interests include school librarianship; professional teacher development; and the intersection of information, technology, and education policies.

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. Christie Kodama earned her doctorate at the University of Maryland, where she also received her MLS, concentrating in school library media and information and diverse populations. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, Christie was an elementary school librarian in Montgomery County (MD) Public Schools and has taught in public schools at the elementary level. Her research interests include school librarianship, leadership and change management, and professional development in education.

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Jennifer Burris is a doctoral student at the University of Maryland, studying Minority and Urban Education in the Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership program. Jennifer is a former high school math teacher, and has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and Teaching from the University of Central Oklahoma and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Southern Nazarene University. Jennifer assists with administrative duties, preliminary research, and manages social media for the Lilead Project.