The Lilead Fellows Program

The Lilead Fellows Program is an advanced and intensive professional development program designed to empower, enable, and equip school district library supervisors to think differently and creatively about their library programs and to be effective and inspirational leaders for change in their districts. Conducted in part with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Lilead Fellows Program rounded up its first cohort in June 2016. A 2016 grant from IMLS enabled the continuation and expansion of the Fellows Program.

In the first cohort, 25 Fellows from districts across the country engaged in an 18-month program of virtual and face-to-face learning and sharing through online communication applications and at four in-person meetings, concluding at the ALA Annual Meeting in Orlando in June, 2016. 

The Lilead Project received a grant from IMLS to support a second cohort of Lilead Fellows and create the Lilead Leaders program. Awarded as part of the 2016 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program, the iSchool is partnering with the Darden College of Education at Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA) to carry out the expanded program. Like their predecessors, the second cohort of library supervisors will receive professional development (PD) to help them tackle challenging and pressing issues in their districts and work toward transformational change to support student success. 

The Fellows Program will enable library supervisors to:

  • Look toward the future: Reflect on why school libraries exist and how they can make a difference in learning communities.
  • Explore new ways to solve challenging problems: Work collaboratively with others and try new approaches.
  • Strengthen the profession: Document strategies, both successful and unsuccessful, in changing mindsets about the role school libraries can play in changing lives.

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