Brookens Taking part in I LEAD U

Springfield Area Librarians to Take Part in New Library Technology Institute

Springfield— Representatives from local public and academic libraries have been selected to participate as a team in ILEAD U (Illinois Libraries Explore, Apply and Discover), the 21st Century Technology Tools Institute for Illinois Library Staff. The institute will help library staff understand and respond to patron needs through the application of participatory technology tools. ILEAD U is made possible by a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant awarded to the Illinois State Library by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The participants will implement web technologies that foster community participation and develop leadership, innovation and positive change. ILEAD U will encourage both the experimentation with and building of participatory Web services and programs. Examples of participatory technology tools will include digital audio/podcasting, digital photography, digital video, photo sharing sites (e.g., Flikr), RSS, social networking (e.g., Facebook), virtual worlds (e.g., Second Life), and wikis.
“The Illinois State Library is proud of its strong commitment to continuing education, and providing librarians with the tools and resources necessary to address the ever changing needs of their patrons,” said Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White. “Nowhere is the need for continuing education more important than in the area of technology. Librarians need to constantly enhance their skills to keep up to date with the latest technology, and ILEAD U represents an exciting, innovative new program to build technology and leadership skills among Illinois librarians.”
Julie Wullner, Electronic Resources Librarian at Lincoln Library, the Public Library of Springfield, will be joined by the following team members to help promote the 2011 Big Read in Central Illinois program:
• Amanda Binder, Visiting Instructional Services Librarian at the University of Illinois at Springfield.
• Janelle Gurnsey, Multimedia Communications Specialist for the Brookens Library at the University of Illinois at Springfield.
• Nancy Weichert, Library Director of Benedictine University at Springfield.
• Amy Ihnen, Director of the Chatham Public Library in Chatham.
The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts that was designed to promote literary reading in America. Wullner says, “This is an exciting opportunity to work with local librarians and library staff to address a need in our community using innovative technology.”
The ILEAD U schedule includes three in-person sessions to be held February 23-25, June 15-17 and October 26-28 at the University of Illinois Springfield.

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