ILEAD USA -- New York State Libraries

Documents for March 24-26 Session

ilead usa logoState Library Offers FREE Statewide Access to Five Nationally Known ILEAD Keynoters March 24-26

The New York State Library, New York Library Association and the Mid-York Library System are pleased to invite library staff across the State to view the following five ILEAD USA keynote addresses, which will be delivered March 24-26. The keynote addresses will be live streamed by the University of Illinois Springfield. All New York State library staff are invited to participate.

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Tuesday March 24, 11:30AM: Everything You Learned in Library School is Wrong

David Lankes, Syracuse University, School of Information Studies, Syracuse, New York.  Professor and Dean’s Scholar on New Librarianship

This keynote will focus on how librarians are radical positive change agents that make communities better.

Tuesday March 24, 3:30PM: Inspired Outreach Inspired

John Emerson, an activist, graphic designer, writer, and programmer based in New York City creator of

How do you engage the hearts and minds of your audience? Connect and empower with outreach that makes people say "Aha!" and "Let's do it!"

Wednesday, March 25, 11:00AM: FLATLAND:  A Statistical Romance of Many Dimensions.

Eli Neiburger, Associate Director, IT and Production, Ann Arbor District

In which our Hero, A. Librarian, must search for scalars amidst an increasingly flat landscape, with which to earn the favor of capricious higher-dimensional beings, before her entire world collapses to a single ultradense font of information, only to find that the only dimension that truly matters is LOVE.

Wednesday, March 25, 3:30PM: “Perspectives and Advice on Accessibility and Universal Design”

Sina Bahram, an accessibility consultant, researcher, and entrepreneur

Join Sina Bahram as he walks through the concepts of accessibility and universal design, core principles fundamental to understanding how to be relevant in the 21st century. Through exploring a narrative about technology, access to information and the physical world, Sina will both motivate and show how to augment content, interactions and thinking to become more inclusive.

Thursday, March 26, 11:00AM: Great People Make Great Libraries: Know Yourself. Grow Yourself. And Take Your Library With You!

David Bendekovic, President, The B. A. David Company, Syracuse, New York 

Your ability to reach your goals has as much to do with how you choose to see the world as it does with your level of education and intelligence.  This keynote will give you the keys to thinking in a more powerful way about yourself, the people around you, and the work you want to get done. What You Do Makes A Difference. You Just Have To Figure Out What Kind Of Difference You Want To Make.

The New York State Library, in partnership with the Illinois State Library, the New York Library Association and the Mid-York Library System, is participating in the multi-state nationwide 2015 ILEAD USA (Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover) program designed to increase the leadership, collaboration and technology skills of library and library system staff from all types of institutions. 

ILEAD USA participants work in teams during three sets of onsite multi-day collaboration / learning sessions, supported by mentors and instructors, to address an identified statewide or local community need and develop a product, which is shared via the web. 

During the onsite multi-day sessions, ILEAD USA participants will experience, through web streaming, keynote addresses delivered by national leaders both in and related to the library field.


Mary Linda Todd, Project Director, 518.486.4858

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

Last Updated: March 27, 2015 --asm; for questions or comments, contact us