The Lilead Project is pleased to welcome Ann Martin and Judi Moreillon as Mentors for the 2017-2018 Lilead Fellows Program. Ann and Judi will join incumbent Mentors Kafi Kusami, Pam Berger, and Barbara Stripling to support Lilead Fellows throughout all aspects of the Fellows Program.
The Lilead Team would also like to thank Sandra Hughes-Hassell and Ann Ewbank for their invaluable service to the 2015-2016 Fellows Program and cohort. Due to prior commitments, Hughes-Hassell and Ewbank were unable to continue as Mentors. We look forward to following their continued successes in the future.
Ann Martin most recently worked as the Educational Specialist for the Library Services Department for Henrico County Public Schools in Henrico, Virginia (Retired 2013). In addition to being a district supervisor, her career as a school librarian includes elementary, middle, and high school levels. Ann is a Past President of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and has received many awards including the 2011 AASL National School Library Program of the Year for the district, 2008 Longwood University’s Professionals Who Made a Difference, and Virginia Tech’s Excellence in Education Award. AASL released Ann’s newest book, Empowering Leadership. She is also author of many articles as well as the book Seven Steps to an Award-Winning School Library Program by Libraries Unlimited.
Judi Moreillon is a literacies and libraries consultant and a staunch advocate for the instructional partner role of school librarians. She served for thirteen years as a coteaching school librarian at all three instructional levels and taught graduate students in library science for twenty-one years, most recently as an associate professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman’s University. Judi earned both an MLS in library science and a Ph.D. in education at the University of Arizona. She has published three books focused on classroom-library coteaching reading comprehension strategies. In 2017, her book Building a Culture of Collaboration: School Librarian Leadership and Advocacy will be published by ALA Editions.
Incumbent Mentor Pam Berger is the Director of Information for the SW BOCES School Library System. She has been a school librarian, administrator, national/international consultant and presenter for over 30 years. Her latest books are Teaching Inquiry: Engaging the Learner Within. (Neal Schuman Publishers, 2012) and Choosing Web 2.0 Tools for Learning and Teaching in a Digital World. (Libraries Unlimited, 2010).
Kafi Kumasi is an assistant professor of library and information science (LIS) at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, where she teaches in the areas of school library media, urban librarianship, multicultural services and resources and research methods. A Laura Bush 21st century scholar, she holds a PhD in Curriculum Studies from Indiana University, Bloomington and a master’s degree in LIS from Wayne State. Her research interests revolve around issues of literacy, equity and diversity, particularly in urban educational environments spanning K12 and graduate school contexts. Her publications include book chapters, and journal articles in (among others) Library and Information Science Research, Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults, School Libraries Worldwide, School Library Media Research, and Urban Library Journal.
Barbara Stripling is Senior Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Practice in the School of Information Studies, Syracuse University. She was the 2013-2014 President of the American Library Association. Previously, in her 35-year library career, Stripling has been Director of Library Services for the New York City schools, a school library media specialist and school district director of libraries in Arkansas, a library grant program director in Tennessee, and director of library programs at a local education fund in New York City. She received her Doctorate in Information Management from Syracuse University in May 2011 and has written or edited numerous books and articles. Stripling is a former president of the American Association of School Librarians.