The first of two reports on the findings from the 2012 Lilead Survey has been published in the September 2016 issue of School Library Research.
With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Lilead Project was founded at the University of Maryland in 2011 to “study, support, and build community among school district library supervisors” (Lilead Project n.d.). To gain a better understanding of supervisors—who they are, the duties they perform, and the challenges they face—and to establish baseline data upon which further research can be built, in 2012 the project team conducted a survey of supervisors nationwide: the Lilead Survey.
This paper presents findings related to the position and office of the supervisor; demographic information, qualifications, and career paths of the incumbents of the position; and changes in policies, curriculum, and resources that impact the supervisor’s responsibilities for library services. Survey findings related to responsibilities and tasks assigned to the position, professional development needs of supervisors and staff, and challenges and needs that supervisors face will be presented in the second report.
Cite the article: Weeks, Ann Carlson, Jeffrey DiScala, Diane L. Barlow, et al. “The Lilead Survey: A National Study of District-Level Library Supervisors: The Position, Office, and Characteristics of the Supervisor.” <http://www.ala.org/aasl/slr/volume19/weeks-discala-barlow-etal>