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SLIS Professor Kafi Kumasi Selected as Mentor for Lilead Fellows Program

September 24, 2014

Lilead Fellows Program Selects Mentors

As a part of the Lilead Project, five mentors have been chosen and confirmed to lead and support the participants of the Lilead Fellows Program. The mentors come from the library educators’ community and are themselves leaders in school library education and research.

Pam Berger is the director of the Southern Westchester BOCES School Library System in New York State. Dr. Ann Ewbank is an Assistant Professor at Montana State University as well as director of their school library media program. Dr. Sandra Hughes-Hassell is a professor in the School of Information and Library Services at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Kafi Kumasi is an Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Barbara Stripling is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University in New York.

Mentors will assist the Lilead Project team in preparing materials (readings, assignments, and activities) for the Lilead Fellows Program. Each mentor will also work with a small group of up to five Fellows to support and help them strategize and formulate potential solutions to their district’s most pressing problems. They will provide knowledge, resources, and continued support for their small group of Fellows throughout the duration of the Program and provide valuable and timely feedback on the Fellows’ progress towards completion of their proposed solution.

The application period for the Lilead Fellows Program is open until October 13, 2014. The initial class of Fellows will be announced November 14, 2014. For more information about the Lilead Project, visit

About the Lilead Fellows Program
The Lilead Fellows Program, supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), will provide an intensive 18-month long professional development program for up to 25 school district library supervisors from across the country. This professional development opportunity 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. Learn more by following us on Twitter.

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