The Project Team

Ann WeeksDr. 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 DiScalaDr. Jeffrey DiScala is co-principal investigator on the project. He 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.

Ms. Christie Kodama is co-principal investigator on the project. She is a doctoral candidate 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.

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAb6AAAAJGU5NjI5YzA5LTk5NzMtNGUxMy1iYWRmLTllODE4MWUwZGJjNgChristian Hawkes is a graduate student working for the project.  He is in his first year at Old Dominion University’s Computer Science Master’s program.  Christian received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Virginia Tech.  His graduate assistantship is in the Darden College of Education under Dr. Jeffrey DiScala.  Christian assists with administrative duties, preliminary research, and manages social media for the Lilead Project.