ILEAD USA -- New York State Libraries

ilead usa logoDuring 2015, the New York State Library, in partnership with the New York Library Association and the Mid-York Library System, is collaborating with state library agencies from Illinois, Delaware, Maine, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah and Wisconsin to implement ILEAD USA – a nationwide leadership immersion program utilizing web technologies, expanding library staff’s leadership skills and their ability to use participatory technology. Participants work in teams to address an identified community need and will be assisted by Mentors/Instructors in developing a successful project.


Team participants will participate in three mandatory in person sessions over the period of nine months:

During these meetings, team participants will acquire and improve the skills needed to develop, implement, manage and evaluate a team-identified community-based project.

During the intersession periods (April to May 2015 and July to September 2015) team participants are responsible for participating in a minimum total (for both intersessions) of five training opportunities they identify as beneficial to their team project.


All three mandatory meetings will take place at the Mid-York Library Systemexternal link icon, 1600 Lincoln Ave, Utica, NY 13502.


All lodging and meals for team participants and mentors/instructors will be paid for through ILEAD USA grant funds.  Travel to the Mid-York Library System and any personal and incidental expenses are the responsibility of each team member and mentor/instructor.

ILEAD participantsAbove: ILEAD participants. (Click on the image to view a larger version.)

March 2, 2015

State Library Announces 8 NY ILEAD USA Teams

State Librarian Bernard A. Margolis announced today that eight teams will be participating in the New York State component of the multi-state ILEAD USA program during 2015. ILEAD is designed to increase the leadership, collaboration and technology skills of library and library system staff from all types of institutions.

”The New York State Library is so pleased to partner with the Illinois State Library, the New York Library Association and the Mid-York Library System, in the multi-state nationwide ILEAD USA (Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover) program,” said Margolis.

ILEAD participants work in teams to address an identified statewide, regional or local community need and develop a product, which is shared via the web.  Each team can be up to five members and can consist of either a single library type or a variety of library types from either a local, regional or statewide area.

“Our eight New York ILEAD teams are a diverse group and will include staff from public library systems, school library systems, school libraries, public libraries, academic libraries and special libraries,” said ILEAD Project Director Mary Linda Todd.

New York State’s eight teams will focus on the following library-related issues:

  • Addressing the need for standardized, collaborative public library trustee training;
  • Developing a digital platform for the Empire State Information Fluency Curriculum;
  • Developing a plan for delivering library services to Tech High Schools;
  • Expanding access to  State Library special collections through the use of social media;
  • Expanding awareness of the State’s Talking Book and Braille Library services;
  • Increasing participation of smaller cultural institutions in statewide digitization efforts;
  • Making library websites accessible on mobile devices;
  • Planning and developing a mobile makerspaces lab.

Detailed team project descriptions are available here.


Mary Linda Todd, Project Director, 518.486.4858.

Information on this page is also available in .PDF format pdf icon [141k]

This project is made possible by a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

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