iSchool Wins IMLS Grant for Lilead Fellows Project

iSchool Wins IMLS Grant for Lilead Fellows Project

The University of Maryland's College of Information Studies, Maryland's iSchool received a grant in the amount of $284, 176 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The grant, awarded as part of the 2014 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant program, will support the Lilead Fellows Project.

The Lilead Fellows Project will provide intensive professional development to school district library supervisors. This professional development will allow participants to develop leadership skills in integrating information literacy instruction with content area standards, technology use and integration and advocacy for library programs and services.  An initial group of 25 Lilead Fellows from school districts across the country will engage in an 18-month program of learning and sharing through the Lilead Network, an online community for library supervisors. In addition, fellows will take part in a summer institute to be held on the College Park campus in July 2015, and in meetings at American Library Association (ALA) and American Association of School Librarians (AASL) national conferences.

The need for professional development provided by the Lilead Fellows Project was identified through the IMLS-funded 2012 Lilead Survey, which was the first national survey of school district library supervisors conducted in more than 40 years.  Ann Carlson Weeks, associate dean for academic programs at the University of Maryland and director of the Lilead Project commented, “One of the most striking findings from the survey was that supervisors had little preparation for their leadership roles at the district level and few opportunities for professional development. While many of the supervisors surveyed had previous experience as school librarians or classroom teachers, very few had any previous administrative experience or training for the supervisory position. Supervisors indicated that professional development for effective leadership was their most essential need. The Lilead Fellows Program is designed to address this need.”

The application process for the Lilead Fellows program will be announced at the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Conference in June and the initial class of fellows will be announced at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. For more information about the Lilead Project, visit http://lileadproject.org