2015 ILEAD USA in North Dakota


Are you working in a North Dakota library and interested in meeting 21st century needs through par­ticipatory technology? Do you want to be involved in a project that will develop your leadership and project management skills?


The primary goal of ILEAD USA is to implement a national program that develops the knowledge, skills, and abilities of library staff to understand and respond to user needs through the applica­tion of participatory technology tools. The ILEAD USA program will ex­pand the leadership skills of library staff members and increase their ability to address an identified community need.

Who Can Participate?

ILEAD USA is a leadership immersion program for library staff. Anyone who is working in a ND library, whether it’s public, school, special, tribal, or academic, can apply to participate. Applicants are not required to have a master’s degree in library science, do not need to be well-versed in technological tools, or need to be facile using the latest Web-based technology.

Other library stakeholders—such as school administrators, public library trustees, local government officials, academic staff, etc.—are able to be involved with the ILEAD USA process by serving as community user representatives.

Time Commitment

ILEAD USA – North Dakota participants will actively participate in three mandated in-person sessions over the course of nine months: March 23-26, 2015; June 23-25, 2015; and October 27-29, 2015.

During the Intersession periods between the three in-person sessions (April to May 2015 and July to September 2015), each team member will be responsible for participating in online training opportunities that will assist them in the completion of their ILEAD USA – North Dakota team project.


The location for the three in-person 2015 ILEAD USA – North Dakota sessions is the Bismarck Public Library.


All lodging and meals for the team members during the course of the three in-person sessions will be paid for through the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant. Travel expenses will be reimbursed by NDSL. Participants from smaller libraries may be eligible for money to hire someone to cover the library.

Assemble a Team

Each participant will apply with two to four other ND librarians to form a team of three to five ILEADers. We are eager to see teams that are comprised of library staff from a variety of library types—public, school, academic, special, and tribal.

Application Process

An online application is available for teams to submit at http://ileadusanorthdakota.wordpress.com/. The deadline for applications is January 15, 2015.

2015 ILEAD USA – North Dakota Timeline

Deadline for ILEAD USA – ND Applications January 15, 2015
Notification of Accepted
February 1, 2015
First Mandatory In-Person Session March 23-26, 2015
Intersession Activities April–June 2015
Second Mandatory In-Person Session June 23-25, 2015
Intersession Activities July–October 2015
Third Mandatory In-Person Session October 27-29, 2015


Contact either:

Eric Stroshane
Project Coordinator
estroshane@nd.gov(701) 328-4661
BreAnne Meier
Assistant Project Coordinator
(701) 328-4680

 During 2015, the North Dakota State Library is partnering with state library agencies from Illinois, Delaware, Maine, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah and Wisconsin to implement ILEAD USA. Major funding for this 2015 ILEAD USA project is made possible through a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Institute of Museum and Library Services logoThis project is made possible by a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and funds from the North Dakota State Library.

Thanks to the ILEAD team at the Wisconsin State Library for providing a working template for this post!


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