Tuesday, March 31, 2015

ILEAD USA-Wisconsin Update

(ILEAD USA logo courtesy of the Illinois State Library)

During 2015, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Division for Libraries and Technology is fortunate to be partnering with state library agencies from Illinois, Delaware, Maine, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Utah to implement ILEAD USA, a nationwide leadership immersion program utilizing web technologies.  All ten states are holding three in-person sessions on the same dates during March, June, and October. During these sessions, keynote presentations are being broadcast from Illinois using live video streaming.

Six teams of library staff were selected to be part of ILEAD USA-Wisconsin.  Over the next seven months each team will be working together to identify a community need and develop, manage, and evaluate a project to meet that need.  In addition to the in-person sessions, our Wisconsin teams will hold virtual meetings and use collaborative, digital-based technologies to work on their projects.

This past week the first in-person session for the 2015 ILEAD USA-Wisconsin program was held at Heidel House in Green Lake.  Despite some early spring snowstorms, it was an exhilarating, educational, and intense three and a half days. In addition to the live streaming sessions, in-person training was conducted on a variety of topics: social media marketing, video production, building consensus in a community, project management, and Real Colors.

Many thanks to our presenters who generously shared their knowledge during this session:  Jon Mark Bolthouse (Fond du Lac Public Library), Shawn Brommer (South Central Library System), Benson Gardner (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction), Jackie Francois Gehin & Joe Muellenberg (UW Extension - Dane County), Stef Morrill (WiLS), and Kara Ripley (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction).

The 2015 ILEAD USA-Wisconsin program is made possible by a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and funds from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.  Information and ongoing ILEAD USA-Wisconsin updates are available at: http://pld.dpi.wi.gov/pld_ileadusawi

2015 ILEAD USA-WI Team Members, Mentors & Staff - March Session
(2015 ILEAD USA-WI Team Members, Mentors & Staff - March Session)

Post written by:Denise Anton Wright, Public Library Development Team