iLead: Preparing Tomorrow’s Library Leaders with an EDI Lens

In collaboration with national, state, and local partners, iLead will help inform future Library and Information Science leaders by defining a leadership program with an equity, diversity, and inclusion focus that identifies required core competencies for workforce development. 

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iLead Initiatives

1. Cultivate an accessible, flexible, cost effective, and impactful library leadership program that is informed by LIS-practitioner and educator experience
2. Strengthen equity, diversity, and inclusion in both the LIS workforce and within the communities that workforce supports
3. Establish a better-prepared internal pipeline for tomorrow’s library leaders

Read a complete description of the planning grant project here: iLead Grant Narrative

Project Team


Anthony Chow, PhD, will serve as co-director of iLead. Anthony is a full professor and the Director of San José State University (SJSU)’s School of Information whose doctorate is in instructional design and technology.

Sanda Erdelez, PhD, will serve as co-director of iLead. Dr. Erdelez is an interim dean at the College of Organizational, Computational and Information Sciences at Simmons University.


José Aguiñaga, EdD, will serve as co-investigator of iLead. In 2022, Dr. Aguiñaga joined the School of Information at San José State University (SJSU) as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Aguiñaga’s bilingual upbringing is the foundation for his development as an academic librarian and current scholar.

Rebecca Stallworth, PhD, will serve as co-investigator for iLead. Rebecca is an Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons University. Her research areas include marginalized groups and their use of academic library services and resources, diversity in academic libraries, and first-generation graduate students and their information-seeking behaviors.

Project Managers

Sue Alman, PhD, will serve as co-project manager of iLead. For Sue, leadership and communication are among the top areas of expertise that have been present in each of her professional endeavors, which have spanned a four-decade career in libraries and education.

Martín J. Gómez, MLIS, will serve as co-project manager of iLead and has held high profile leadership roles in both academic and public libraries both on the West and East coasts. Martín is President/CEO of MJ Gómez Associates LLC, an independent consulting firm that was created to support the work of libraries and non-profit organizations.