The Project Team

Ann WeeksDr. Ann Carlson Weeks is Professor of the Practice and Director of Professional Education in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. She 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.

Diane Barlow

Dr. Diane L. Barlow is a Research Associate at the iSchool where she served as Associate Dean before retiring from fulltime employment. She has been a member of the Lilead Team since 2011 and is currently busy with writing and editing responsibilities for Lilead and other projects. In addition, she is Executive Director of Citizens for Maryland Libraries, a state-wide advocacy group for libraries of all types.


Rosemary Hall is a Graduate Assistant for the project. She is in her second year of the iSchool’s MLIS program, specializing in Archives and Digital Curation. Rosemary received her undergraduate degree in English at the University of St Andrews, and also currently works for Professional Education at the iSchool. She assists with social media, marketing, and administrative duties for Lilead.


Torra Hausmann is graduate student working for the project. She is in her second year of the iSchool’s MLIS program, focusing on Archives and Digital Curation. Torra completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she earned a BA in German History and a BA in German Language. In addition to her work for Lilead, she currently works for the IT Department at UMD. Torra assists with social media, marketing, and administrative duties.

Kristen Gregory Headshot.jpgKristen Gregory is a graduate student working for the project.  She is a doctoral student at Old Dominion University studying Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Literacy Leadership.  Kristen has held multiple roles in the field of education: elementary classroom teacher, reading specialist, community college faculty, and faculty professional development manager.  She currently works as an adjunct professor in the Darden College of Education at Old Dominion University.  Her research interests include disciplinary literacy, adult literacy, mobile learning, and professional development.