Technical Services Librarian at Loras College, Heidi Pettitt
, was selected to take part in ILEAD USA (Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover). ILEAD USA is a prestigious year-long program 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.
Heidi will serve as a team member along with fellow Iowa librarians and participants from Illinois, Colorado, Utah, and Ohio. Participants take part in three four-day sessions over the course of nine months, beginning March 25. Teams use the skills and training acquired throughout the sessions to develop, implement, manage and evaluate the project. They are assisted by instructors and mentors who provide guidance during the course of the sessions.
Pettitt will be part of the DALINC (Dubuque Area Library Information Consortium) Team. Historical events in Dubuque will provide a great framework to use innovative technologies for storytelling. “I’m looking forward to developing deeper relationships with other local librarians and increasing my skills in new modes of librarianship,” said Pettitt.
Iowa Library Services will be 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 successful continuing education initiatives entitled ILEAD U (Illinois Libraries Explore, Apply and Discover), and ILEAD USA is an expansion of the program.
Other ILEAD USA sessions will be held in June and October. Sessions will be held simultaneously in each of the five states, with plenary sessions on streaming video. In-person sessions, virtual meetings and activities will allow participants to hone their skills, experiment with participatory technology tools and continue communications with other ILEAD USA participants.