Thursday, June 18, 2015

ILEAD USA-Wisconsin Updates

During 2015 the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Division for Libraries and Technology is 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.

Our first in-person ILEAD USA-Wisconsin session took place in March and in just a few more days our state's ILEADers will once again gather at the Heidel House in Green Lake, Wisconsin for our second in-person session.  Over a four-day time period, the members of our six ILEAD teams will receive training on a variety of subjects, including copyright, virtual instruction, community engagement, marketing, school-public library collaboration, and community partnerships. There will also be three keynote presentations by library luminaries broadcast via streaming Internet from Illinois.

In addition to the training and keynotes during the June session, members of each ILEAD USA-Wisconsin team will be working on their team projects.  These projects address a community need that the teams identified when they applied to be part of the ILEAD USA-Wisconsin program.   During our March session, each team created a short video about their community need.  These videos are truly amazing and can be found on our ILEAD Team Videos YouTube page.

One of the components to the June ILEAD session is each team presenting a poster session based upon their community need and their proposed team project.  These poster sessions will take place on Wednesday, June 24th from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Daycholah Room on the lower level of the Heidel House's main building (643 Illinois Avenue, Green Lake, Wisconsin).  Members of our Wisconsin library community are encouraged to stop by to see the poster sessions and to chat with members of our ILEAD USA-Wisconsin teams.  A list of team members can be found on our ILEAD website.

Between each of the in-person ILEAD sessions, team members have been hard at work defining their projects, doing research, and acquiring necessary skills and training.  Our ILEADers will be gathering together for their last in-person session in late October.  Again, there will be a variety of session topics, keynote presentations, and time for team work.  At the October session the teams will present their final projects and officially "graduate" from ILEAD USA-Wisconsin.

This ILEAD USA-Wisconsin project is made possible through a grant received by the Illinois State Library from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and funds from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Written by:
Denise Anton Wright, Public Library Development