Laughter mingled with serious research as 22 librarians from around the state gathered in Ames March 26-28 to begin a year-long ILEAD USA project. (See photos.)
The librarians, working in teams, each identified a single project that will address and meet the need of their communities. Teams used the skills and training acquired throughout the session to develop, implement, manage and evaluate their projects. They were assisted by Iowa instructors and mentors who provided guidance during the first of three in-person sessions to be held throughout the year.
Iowa Library Services is partnering with the state libraries of Illinois, Colorado, Ohio and Utah to implement ILEAD USA through a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Illinois State Library has hosted two extremely successful continuing education initiatives entitled ILEAD U (Illinois Libraries Explore, Apply and Discover), and ILEAD USA is an expansion of the program.
Each team created a video of what their project will accomplish. Click here to see the Iowa videos and those of other states involved in the project.
"I am very excited that the Storm Lake community will benefit from the project created through participation in this program," said Misty Gray, Storm Lake Public Library Director. Gray is working with librarians in Fredricksburg, Marshalltown, Perry and West Branch on a project that will create a consolidated community calendar for each city that will be accessible online.
Below are the names of teams, instructors and mentors.
1. DALINC: Create a database of Dubuque/Northeast Iowa area history that will enable the community to access and learn about the region's rich heritage.
Dawn Schrandt, James Kennedy Public Library, Dyersville
Jonathan Helmke, Charles C Myers Library, University of Dubuque
Heidi Pettit, Loras College
Debra Grant, Northeast Iowa Community College-Calmar Campus
Michael May, Carnegie-Stout Public Library, Dubuque
2. G-Team: Provide easier access to existing digital collections about Poweshiek County history, digitally preserve resources, and provide infrastructure to digitize primary source materials across the county.
Catherine Rod, Grinnell College Libraries
Christopher Jones, Grinnell College Libraries
Julia Bauder, Grinnell College Libraries
Sharon Johnson, Drake Community Library, Grinnell
Monique Shore, Drake Community Library, Grinnell
3. Community Calendar: Create a website calendar forum with community events. Project will include a mobile application with the ability to translate in different languages.
Mary Murphy, Perry Public Library
Katherine Rich, Upham Memorial Library, Fredericksburg
Nicholas Shimmin, West Branch Public Library
Misty Gray, Storm Lake Public Library
Sarah Rosenblum, Marshalltown Public Library
4. Team Tech Teen - Offer an online summer reading program using an app and online-based experience.
Sarah Carlin, Scott County Library System
Christine Barth, Scott County Library System
Frankie Hannan, Missouri Valley Public Library
5. Dallas County Librarians Online Book Discussion: Create a variety of online book discussions using multiple Web 2.0 tools to reach busy library users and communities that may not have access to traditional book discussions.
Jolena Welker, Van Meter Public Library
Laura Hanson, Adel Public Library
Leah White, Minburn Public Library
Brianna Glenn, DeSoto Public Library
Louise Alcorn, West Des Moines Public Library
Bart Schmidt, Cowles Library, Drake University
Aimee Clark, Milford Memorial Library
Mandie Roberts, Spencer Public Library
Nancy Medema, Iowa Library Services
Karen Burns, Iowa Library Services
Kim Van Deest, Waterloo Public Library
Eunice Riesberg, Iowa Library Services
Marie Harms, Iowa Library Services
Alysia Peich, Iowa Library Services
Michael Dargan, Waterloo Public Library
Jennie Garner, North Liberty Community Library
Becky Heil, Iowa Library Services
Brandie Ledford, Sac City Public Library
Andrew Hoppmann, Lied Public Library, Clarinda