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Team Project Descriptions

The following is a project description for each of the eight New York ILEAD teams.

Mobile Tech/Makerspace

  • Team Name: Red Hook Collaboratorium
  • Project Description: The Red Hook Public Library, Red Hook Central School District and Bard College have formed a partnership to reach the underserved in their community, including area teens, seniors and seasonal workers. This project will provide library services via a mobile tech hub/makerspace, with special emphasis on building users’ technology skills and providing access to workforce development resources.
  • Team Members: Five librarians representing public libraries, school libraries and a college library in the Red Hook area

The Innovative Librarian

  • Team Name: The Relevant and Innovative Librarian (RAIL)
  • Project Description: Onondaga-Cortland-Madison (OCM) BOCES opened an Innovation Tech High School in 2014 and is in the process of opening another in Fall of 2015. There are currently no librarians or library support services planned for these schools. This project will develop a strategic plan that would bring a certified Library Media Specialist into these schools so students can benefit from quality library services. The team plans to develop and propose an implementation plan to BOCES administration and it is hoped this plan will serve as a model statewide.
  • Team members: Staff representing four high schools in the OCM BOCES service area

Standardized Trustee Education Framework

  • Team Name: Helping All Trustees Succeed in new York (HATS)
  • Project Description: To address the educational needs of public library boards and trustees in New York State, this project will develop a standardized educational framework. Library system staff will first be trained and then these staff members will train library trustees, using a train-the-trainer approach. Project goals include increasing trustee confidence and knowledge sharing.
  • Team Members: Staff representing 6 public library systems

Choose Your Own Inquiry Path -- the Empire State Information Fluency Continuum (ESIFC)

  • Team Name: Premier Learning
  • Project Description: Social studies teachers will soon be required to implement the new Common Core Social Studies Framework, which focuses on teaching content understanding through the inquiry process. This project will build technology tools to enable use of the ESIFC for integration of inquiry skill instruction and formative assessment into social studies content learning. The project includes training for social studies teachers and librarians in using the tools and the ESIFC.
  • Team Members: Five school library system directors from different areas of the state

New York State Library Digitization Center

  • Team Name: Docless Cult
  • Project Description: Many smaller historical institutions and sites in New York State lack the facilities and equipment to digitally preserve their collections. This project will create a digitization center, where these institutions can bring their materials to be preserved and made available to the greater community. The items will be added to the New York Heritage statewide digital collection.
  • Team Members: State Library Staff

Sharing the Empire State’s History

  • Team Name: History’s Minions
  • Project Description: Educators need access to primary source material to be better equipped to meet Common Core Standards. The New York State Library’s Special Collections include this material, but transcriptions are needed to increase the usability and discovery of these historical documents. This project will use podcasting and other technologies to make these materials more available to teachers, students and all New Yorker’s.
  • Team Members: State Library Staff

Hear All About It

  • Team Name: Accessibilitators:
  • Project Description: There is a large gap between potential users and actual registered users of the New York State Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL). This project will develop a plan for widely promoting TBBL services to libraries, library systems, local governments, community organizations and individuals through a variety of communication methods, such as webinars, conference calls and mailings.
  • Team Members: State Library Staff

Making a Library System Website More Accessible

  • Team Name: 50 Shades of Awesome
  • Project Description: Public library system websites need to be more accessible to all types of users. This project will redesign the Mid-York system website for both traditional and non-traditional library users. The site will be dynamic, user-friendly and mobile-responsive. Access to digital collections, the catalog and more will be presented in a more intuitive format.
  • Team Members: Staff representing the Mid-York Library System and two of its member public libraries

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

Last Updated: May 11, 2015 --asm; for questions or comments, contact us