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ILEAD USA - Ohio 2015 Participants Selected  - click here to read the announcement

After a successful 2013 pilot year, ILEAD USA - Ohio is back, and we want YOU!

Are you interested in a program to encourage Ohio library staff at all levels and from all library types to meet 21st century needs with interactive participatory tools in a fun and casual environment? Do you want to be involved in a project that will develop your leadership and project management skills? Are you up to the task of problem-solving using marshmallows, cardboard boxes, and other random items? Then ILEAD USA – Ohio is for you.

During 2015, the State Library of Ohio is partnering with state library agencies from Illinois, Delaware, Maine, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, and Wisconsin to implement ILEAD USA, a nationwide leadership immersion program utilizing web technologies. ILEAD USA - Ohio will expand library staff members' leadership skills and their ability to use participatory technology to address an identified community need, all the while having fun while doing so.

Up to five teams can participate in ILEAD USA - Ohio. Each team will consist of five members. We hope to see teams that are comprised of library staff from a variety of library types: public, school, academic, and special. Successful applicants will be Ohio library staff members who are innovative, flexible, interested in technology, and have a positive outlook on the library profession.


ILEAD USA - Ohio participants will participate in three (3) mandatory three-day in-person sessions over the course of nine months:

March 23-26, 2015

June 22-25, 2015

October 26-29, 2015

NOTE: Each session begins on a Tuesday morning, but due to travel you may wish to arrange to arrive on Monday evening, hence each session being listed above as potentially four days long.


The location for these in-person sessions will be Mohican State Park & Lodge in Perrysville, Ohio, a beautiful and remote environment extremely conducive to collaboration, creativity, and teamwork. During these in-person sessions, team members acquire the skills and training that will be needed to develop, implement, manage and evaluate the community-based project they have identified. They are assisted by instructors and mentors who provide instruction and guidance during the course of the sessions. Sessions will be held simultaneously in each of the nine participating states, with keynote sessions from Illinois presented via streaming video. Dress is casual; learning and making connections in a safe and supportive environment is the focus.


All lodging and meals for the team members associated with the three in-person sessions will be paid for by the ILEAD USA - Ohio 2015 program.  Travel to and from Mohican State Park & Lodge and any personal or incidental expenses are the responsibility of each team member.

Each ILEAD USA - Ohio participant will be expected to:

  • Form strong ties with at least one community user representative who will provide feedback
  • Participate actively in all in-person sessions and in-person virtual meetings in concert with the program
  • Select a team product and usher it through planning, development, and implementation
  • Participate actively in ILEAD USA evaluations
  • During the intersession periods between the three in-person sessions (April to May 2015 and July to September 2015), each team member will participate in online training opportunities that will assist them in the completion of their ILEAD USA - Ohio team project
  • Communicate with the mentors, facilitators, instructors, each other, the Project Director, and members of the Steering Committee
  • Present a marketing plan for the team project during the final in-person session

To Apply

Teams should apply here: ILEAD USA - Ohio application

Applications are due by January 30, 2015. Notification of acceptance will take place in early February 2015.

Note: Applications delivered electronically are preferred, but can be printed and mailed or faxed if necessary. Teams will apply, with each member of the team required to fill out a portion of the application.


Evan T. Struble, Project Administrator, at or 614-752-9178, or Matthew Dyer, Coordinator of the Instructor Corps, at or 614-644-7066.

The ILEAD USA - Ohio 2015 program is made possible by a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant to the State Library of Illinois from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  Additional support is provided by the State Library of Ohio and the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science.

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2013 ILEAD USA - Ohio participants

Above image: 2013 ILEAD USA - Ohio participants; photo courtesy of Photo Kitchen



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