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The primary goal of this multi-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 technology tools. 
The in-person sessions provide speakers and classes targeted to technology needs that may be required by the various community problems.  The classes also offer an opportunity to network and build a sense of technology competence.
Learn about current and past ILEAD USA teams on the ILEAD USA page of POWER Library.
The 2016 ILEAD USA schedule will include three in-person sessions in Harrisburg:
  • March 14-17, 2016
  • July 11-14, 2016
  • October 3-6, 2016
These 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.
Participate in a webinar on December 10 from 1:00pm -3:00pm to learn about ILEAD USA and the application process. Register here.
In the meantime, look over the individual and  team applications.
Check out this
past year’s teams .
What to know
  • 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.
Access the individual and  team applications for 2016 ILEAD USA!
Applications will be due by January 30.
You are encouraged to participate in the
December 10 webinar to learn about the application process.
Interested in learning more?  Participate in the webinar to be held on December 10.