The final session of ILEAD USA was held last month. I want to thank each and every one of the participants for a great experience! Congratulations to the teams for completing this year-long journey with the New York State Library. Your final presentations were fantastic, and I think we all left inspired.
Wishing you all the best in your future endeavors!
As part of ILEAD USA, teams were asked to answer specific questions about their projects while being videotaped (called Seed & Grow Videos). It’s a great way to learn more about the projects coming out of ILEAD here in NY, and a good follow up to the pecha kuchas that were created earlier this year.
These were taped (do we still say taped?) by each team either over the summer or in the fall.
The Red Hook Collaboratorium’s video is particularly creative!
The first ILEAD USA in-person session was held at the end of March at the Mid York Library System in Utica, NY. It was three days of training, networking, and INSPIRATION!
I want to thank the eight teams for participating and Mid York for hosting. The NY State Library has more in-person sessions planned for June and October, and I’m excited to see the team projects progress. Each team is developing an innovative project that uses technology to meet a community need.
We did a bunch of brainstorming in March using outcome-based evaluation (OBE), and the projects are really taking shape. If you need help with project planning and evaluation, please feel free to visit the State Library’s site for the OBE worksheets we used.
Now back to the inspiration! As ILEAD is a national program with multiple states participating, keynote speakers were streamed from Illinois for all states to view. One really stood out for me in terms of its creative and thought-provoking look at libraries and their future. Check out Eli Neiburger’s presentation:
I’m prepping for a mini-session that I’m conducting on WebJunction next month, and I came across something pretty great and worth sharing!
WebJunction and the Wyoming State Library have been compiling a list of free, library-related trainings each month. The list is organized by categories (everything from academic libraries to fundraising to technology) and then by date. Abstracts and links for more info are given. These are not just WebJunction sessions but trainings from a variety of sources.