primary goal of this ten-state IMLS funded program is to implement a program
that develops the knowledge, skills and abilities of library staff to
understand and respond to user needs through the application of participatory
from public, school and academic libraries are eligible to participate! Pennsylvania’s
applications are available in the fall and five teams of five individuals each
are selected to participate in the following year.
team is charged with solving a community problem using participatory
technology! Technology skills are not required; the main requirements are a
willingness to learn and participate. Classes and national keynote speakers are
provided during the in-person sessions.
I-leaders continue learning and working on their projects during
2016 ILEAD USA schedule will include three in-person sessions in Harrisburg:
- March 14-17, 2016
- July 11-14, 2016
- October 3-6, 2016
in-person sessions provide national keynote speakers, classes targeted to
technology needs that may be required by your community problem, and an
opportunity to network and build a sense of technology competence. You must
be able to attend all three sessions.
Three intersession activities are also required between in-person sessions.
Intersessions may include online meetings or webinar or conference calls etc.
in a webinar on December 10 from 1:00pm -3:00pm
to learn about ILEAD USA and the application process. Register here.
- Any staff member from any type of library may apply; an MLS is not required.
Directors–encourage your staff to apply!
- Teams may form by themselves or individuals may request to be matched up with a team
Don’t have a team? Let us know by December 17 and we will try to match you with a team.
- Teams consist of five participants from different types of libraries – public, school, academic, or special. Teams are discouraged from having more than one member from any one library.
- Teams will need to decide on a community need after the team has formed.
Projects that have already begun are not eligible. Part of the process is for the team to decide on a community problem together. This is an individual grant, not a grant to any library or system.
- Applications will be due from each team member as well as the team itself. The individual applications accompany the team applications.
- Each participant will identify a Community User Representative, a “user/patron,” within their community/constituent group, who will serve as a sounding board to the participant during the ILEAD USA program.
- Participants also need to obtain a Letter of Commitment from their governing/corporate authority since they will be using work time while participating in the in-person sessions, the Intersessions and for work on the final project.
- Applications are due January 30
- Those selected will be notified on February 15.
- Hotel and meals, as well as a small travel allowance, will be provided to those selected to attend.
the individual and team applications for 2016
Applications will be due by January 30.
You are encouraged to participate in the December 10 webinar to learn about the
Interested in learning more? Participate in the webinar to be held on December