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Project Personnel

Our experienced team of school library researchers will work closely with advisors and other practicing school librarians to identify challenges and opportunities in online program development that have been exposed by the pandemic, with a focus on making those programs culturally responsive. 

Lucy Santos Green, Ph.D.

Lucy Santos Green, Ph.D. (Co-Principal Investigator) 

Professor of Information Science at the University of South Carolina, Dr. Lucy Santos Green has over twenty years of experience as a classroom teacher, school librarian, school library educator, and internationally recognized researcher in mixed methodology with publications in technology-integration for K-12 settings, instructional design, online pedagogy in higher education and K-12, online learning communities, and culturally competent school librarianship.

Dr. Green is the current co-editor of School Libraries Worldwide, the official research journal for the International Association of School Librarianship, the past chair of the Educators of School Librarians Section for the American Association of School Librarians, and a research mentor for the National Science Foundation Sponsored Early Career Symposium, through the Association for Educational Communications & Technology.

Her latest book, “LGBTQIA+ Inclusive Children's Librarianship: Policies, Programs, and Practices,” will be released by Libraries Unlimited in Spring of 2022.

Kristin Fontichiaro, Ph.D.

Kristin Fontichiaro, Ph.D. (Co-Principal Investigator) 

Kristin Fontichiaro is a clinical professor at the University of Michigan School of Information. An award-winning educator, she has taught students across K-12 and at the graduate level. A former elementary school librarian, her previous IMLS-funded work includes work on community-responsive makerspaces and the integration of data literacy skills and strategies into libraries' information literacy work.

Beyond school libraries, she coordinates the world's largest certificate program in public library management on the platform, coordinates multiple public library leadership initiatives, and has worked with academic librarians and data scientists on developing data communication skills and tools.

Additionally, she is a prolific and multiple award-winning author for children and librarians. Her most recent books include Creating Data Literate Students; Data Literacy in the Real World: Conversations and Case Studies; and Making in School and Public Libraries. 

Melissa Johnston, Ph.D.

Melissa Johnston, Ph.D. (Co-Principal Investigator)

Melissa P. Johnston is a Professor at the University of West Georgia, where she teaches graduate courses in the school library media program.

She worked as a school librarian for 13 years in Georgia before obtaining her PhD at Florida State University. Johnston’s research and publications focus on the school librarian’s leadership role in integrating technology.

She is the author of numerous articles in journals such as School Library Research, School Libraries Worldwide, and School Library Connection.

Johnston is the PI for the REALISD Project, an IMLS funded grant, to provide professional development for rural school librarians to support STEM education efforts in their schools. 

Enilda Romero-Hall, Ph.D.

Enilda Romero-Hall, Ph.D.  (Instructional Specialist) 

Dr. Enilda Romero-Hall is an award-winning Associate Professor in the Department of Education at The University of Tampa.

Dr. Romero-Hall serves as the Graduate Coordinator of the Instructional Design and Technology program and recently joined the curation team of the  Feminist Pedagogy for Teaching Onlineguide.  

Liz Hartnett, Ph.D.

Liz Hartnett, Ph.D. (Project Manager) 

As Program Coordinator at the South Carolina Center for Community Literacy (SCCCL), Hartnett develops and manages an array of continuing education opportunities for the iSchool at UofSC, serving public and school library practitioners and educators. 

In addition to her duties at SCCCL, Hartnett teaches in the MLIS program for UofSC, primarily in the areas of school librarianship and children’s literature. 


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