Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover (ILEAD): The 21st Century Technology and Leadership Skills Institute for the States
The primary goal of ILEAD USA Utah is to implement national programs that develop the knowledge, skills and abilities of library staff members who will apply participatory technology tools to understand and respond to users needs. ILEAD was 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.
Examples of participatory technology tools include:
The primary role of each ILEAD Team is to create an innovative program directly addressing an identified user need. Individual participants will join together in diverse teams, including public, school, and academic librarians, as well as specialized library staff members. Each team will be assigned a qualified mentor who will work with participants throughout their program development process.
ILEAD USA has a direct impact on end users by engaging communities in conversations to identify needs, involving community user representatives to provide critical feedback during product development, and using team products to meet identified needs and to improve quality of life in Utah communities.
Each team member will select a community user (or “user/patron”) representative who will provide feedback during the project, bringing the total number of community user representatives per team to five. These representatives will give direct feedback about plans and the team products, and will help assess whether the team products are reaching a community or addressing a constituent need. Team members will regularly consult their user representatives, asking for opinions and assessments, as well as allowing experimentation with prototypes of team products.
Curricula will focus on strategic leadership; effective survey techniques; community needs assessment skills; working with reluctant administrations; privacy and security issues with participatory technology; and meaningful applications of technological solutions. The curricula will endeavor to inspire, and to encourage play and experimentation.