Barbara Alvarez, Adult Services Librarian, and Dominique Roman, Youth Services Librarian at the West Chicago Public Library District have been selected to take part in ILEAD USA (Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover), a prestigious year-long program designed to help library staff understand and respond to user needs through the application of participatory technology tools and the creation of an easy-to-replicate model program.
Alvarez and Roman, along with other participants from across the state, will take part in three four-day sessions over the course of nine months, beginning in March. Teams identify a single group project of their own design that will address at least one identified library patron need. They then use the skills and training acquired throughout the sessions to develop, implement, manage and evaluate the project. They are assisted by instructors and mentors who provide instruction and guidance during the course of the sessions.
“We are thrilled to have not one but two of our librarians selected to participate in this prestigious program,” said Melody E. Coleman, Administrative Librarian. “The skills they acquire during the ILEAD process will definitely be beneficial to our long-range strategic plan initiatives in the development of participatory technology,” she added.
The Illinois State Library received a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to implement ILEAD USA and has already hosted two extremely successful ILEAD continuing education initiatives. Other ILEAD USA sessions will be held simultaneously in each of five states – Illinois, Colorado, Utah, Ohio and Iowa), with plenary sessions on streaming video. In-person sessions, virtual meetings and activities will allow participants to hone their skills, experiment with participatory technology tools and continue communications with other ILEAD USA participants.
- Shelley Campbell, Public Relations Specialist
- West Chicago Public Library District
- Phone: (630) 231-1552, x128
- FAX: (630) 231-1709
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