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ILEAD U is a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant program, which began in 2010 with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the Secretary of State/Illinois State Library. ILEAD U has two primary goals:

  • To help library staff understand and respond to user needs through the application of participatory technology tools, and
  • To create a replicable model program that can be utilized across the nation.

ILEAD U is an immersion program; as such, participation is time-intensive for its entire nine-month period. The level of immersion is intended to maintain momentum, and ultimately, to systemically change the way the participants’ organizations meet their users’ needs, by incorporating participatory technology tools targeted to these needs.

The 2014 ILEAD U schedule includes three in-person sessions on March 24-27, 2014; June 23-26, 2014; and October 27-30, 2014 at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS). Additional virtual meetings are also required.