ILEAD Program from Utah State Library

Dear Utah Librarians,
Utah librarians have a unique and exciting opportunity to participate in a leadership, technology, and collaboration initiative during 2013,  the inaugural year of ILEAD USA. Utah is fortunate to be working with five states that received a $470,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for this project. We are working with the Illinois State Library, where the project began in 2010, Colorado, Iowa, and Ohio to create a program that will inspire you, challenge you, and encourage you to create innovative library services to meet the changing needs of your community.
We now have applications and more information is available at You can apply for the ILEAD USA workshops in one of the following areas:
Participants (8 teams of 5 people)
Mentors (1 mentor for each of the 8 teams)
Instructors (Instructors for each in-person session, plus additional webinar sessions between workshops)
Any library employee in Utah is welcome to apply. You will need your library's support because this will be a fairly intensive program. An advanced degree in Library Science is not required.
Applicants will form a team with four other librarians (a total of five) from schools, academic, public, and special libraries where you will apply to create a resource that will meet the needs of your collective communities. The catch? If your team is selected, you will create a plan, design the resource, and implement your ideas together as a team. You get to decide what and how, and ILEAD USA will provide tools, training, and an opportunity to make it happen. Through the grant, each team will also receive $1000 for equipment to help build and implement the resource.
If you are interested in forming a team, the State Library can facilitate that. Visit the ILEAD USA Utah Discussions Page to add your own information or look for others to be on your team!
During the 9-month workshop, keynote speakers include David Lankes, a Library Futurist from Syracuse University; Sari Feldman, Director of the Cuyahoga County Library in Ohio; George Needham, Longtime Library Strategist and Consultant; Eli Neiburger, Associate Director of Information Technology for the Ann Arbor District Library in Michigan; and other fantastic speakers to be named soon!
The workshops will take place in 2013, with in-person sessions at the Utah State Library on March 25-28; June 17-20; and October 21-24, 2013. During these sessions, you will have the opportunity to work with each other and with librarians across the state, have the chance to use new technologies, and be energized by the keynote speakers, local instructors, and by the ideas of librarians in four other states.
Please read the following description, or visit the ILEAD USA page on WebJunction Illinois for more information!
ILEAD USA is a competitive, application-only program, with applicants applying in teams of five members in Utah. One application packet is submitted for each team. A statewide Steering Committee will review the applicant pool and select teams for participation in the cohort cycle. Each team will be comprised of library staff members from Utah who are committed to fully participate in the nine-month program. Each project team consists of staff members from at least three different organizations. ILEAD USA participants remain with the five-member team throughout the program and are assigned a mentor who keeps participants motivated; offers expertise; and provides guidance and advice throughout the entire cohort cycle.
As part of the application process, ILEAD USA program cohort teams identify a single group project of the team’s design that will address at least one identified need within their communities of users. For example, a project could address and meet the needs of a community related to economic development. Teams use the skills and training acquired throughout the sessions to develop, implement, manage and evaluate the projects. In addition, within the application, each team member identifies a user or patron within the team member’s community who will serve as an advisor and a conduit for feedback about programs and services.

ILEAD USA does not take a “sink or swim” approach to continuing education; rather, it is learning by immersion--buoyed by instructors, by mentors and by the participating library staff who work collaboratively to match the assessed needs of their users with the appropriate technology tools.


We are grateful to be working with Utah's library associations and consortia. ILEAD USA has been endorsed by the Utah Library Association, the Utah Academic Library Consortium, and the Utah Educational Library Media Association.

The project will officially kick off on November 1 with a "National Day of Application," featuring a live webinar from 9-11 a.m. During the webinar, ILEAD USA project directors will answer any questions about how to complete the ILEAD USA application. Registration is encouraged but not required to take part in the "National Day of Application" webinar.  Register at

The live webinar will take place at  Log in as a guest with your name and state.  No password is needed.  If you wish to test the system prior to November 1, please contact Debra Aggertt at or 217-558-1945. If you do not have an audio connection via your computer for November 1, you may participate via conference call. Please call this conference call number:  888-494-4032, Access Code: 3886075450.

ILEAD USA is made possible by a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant awarded to the State Library by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

We are looking forward to getting your application!

Matt McLain


Donna Jones Morris, State Librarian
Director, Utah State Library Division
250 N 1950 W, Suite A
Salt Lake City Ut  84116-7901
801-715-6770 (phone) 801-715-6767 (fax)
1-800-662-9150 (in-Utah-WATS)