Illinois Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover
The Illinois State Library has developed ILEAD U (Illinois Libraries Explore, Apply and Discover). The institute consists of team- and project-based learning combined with intermittent face-to-face meetings and online sessions over nine months. Participants will explore new forms of participatory Web 2.0 technology, hone their skills, and use the newly acquired skills to address the needs of their users. ILEAD U started in 2010 and followed that with a successful 2011 Co-Hort. In 2013, the program included four other states and thus ILEAD USA was created.
The program consists of teams that form to address a perceived need in their community. Through three in-person sessions and intersession activities that teams present a project at the final session.
When ILEAD U was introduced Secretary of State, Jesse White stated: "The Illinois State Library is proud of its strong commitment to continuing education, and providing librarians with the tools and resources necessary to address the ever changing needs of their patrons. Librarians need to constantly enhance their skills to keep up to date with the latest technology, and ILEAD U represents an exciting, innovative new program to build technology and leadership skills among Illinois librarians.”
The grant was awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and is named after former First Lady Laura Bush, who holds a Masters degree in Library and Information Science and was employed as a librarian.