Photo of 2019 ILEAD Ohio participants and steering committee

ILEAD Ohio

ILEAD Ohio logoILEAD Ohio helps develop present and future Ohio library leaders, no matter their position or title through a team-based, problem-solving project. The goal of ILEAD Ohio is to support participants in addressing professional and/or community needs through the exploration and application of modern communication, technology, and collaborative tools and skills.

Teams of participants made up of Ohio library staff members will implement collaborative and/or interactive tools that foster community engagement as well as develop leadership, creativity, and solution-focused change. ILEAD Ohio will expand library staff members’ leadership skills and their abilities to use modern communication, web, and collaborative tools to address an identified community need. Through the 9-month program, participants engage in a conversation to identify a community need; identify user representatives to provide critical feedback during the development of the project; and grow as a leader and gain valuable experience in project management.

2019 ILEAD  Ohio participants and steering committee members are pictured above. Photo by Catherine Murray / Photo Kitchen.

Are you interested in an initiative that encourages Ohio library staff to collaborate and develop innovative ideas that address current library needs and challenges? Do you want to be involved in a program that would develop your leadership, team building, and project management skills?

The ILEAD Ohio 2023 Steering Committee is looking for teams of participants made up of Ohio library staff members to implement collaborative and/or interactive tools that foster community engagement as well as develop leadership, creativity, and solution-focused change. ILEAD Ohio will expand library staff members’ leadership skills and their abilities to use modern communication, web, and collaborative tools to address an identified community need.

ILEAD Ohio 2023 applications are now open. See below for details on how to apply.

Team Members:

In ILEAD Ohio, participants will form a team of four to five and apply as a group. We strongly encourage diversity by selecting applicants from a variety of library types – public, school, academic and special whenever possible. Applicants are not required to have a master’s degree in library science. Successful applicants will be Ohio library staff members who are innovative and interested in growing their leadership skills and working with their peers to address a need in the library profession and/or their communities.

This means that you will need all four or five of your team members and a project idea before submitting your application. If you need assistance creating a team or developing your idea, please contact Erin Kelsey at ekelsey@library.ohio.gov or 614-688-6839.

The participants will be expected to:

  • Participate actively in all sessions- both in-person and virtual meetings
  • Create a deliverable product that addresses a community need and usher it through planning, development and implementation;
    participate actively in ILEAD Ohio evaluation;
  • Communicate with the mentors, facilitators, instructors, each other and the Project Director;
  • Develop a presentation on the team project and the ILEAD Ohio experience during the final in-person session.

FAQ’s

WHEN AND WHERE?

ILEAD Ohio will be held April 25-27, July 11-13 and October 17-19 in 2023 at Cherry Valley Hotel in Newark, OH. Team members must commit to attending all three sessions of ILEAD Ohio. Your commitment also involves time devoted between the three sessions to working on your project with your team.

IS THERE A COST? 

The only costs associated with 2023 ILEAD Ohio are the costs of your travel to/from Cherry Valley Hotel. The remainder of the costs of this program (lodging, meals and materials) is paid for by the State Library of Ohio and OhioNet, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

DO I HAVE TO ATTEND ALL THE SESSIONS?

Yes, it is required to attend all 3 sessions in person at Cherry Valley Hotel in Newark, OH.

DO I HAVE TO LET MY WORKPLACE KNOW I’M APPLYING?

Each team member must get a letter of commitment form signed by their governing authority/workplace. The signed form shows organizational support to attend all 3 sessions and work on the development of the project.

CAN I BE ON A TEAM WITH MY COWORKERS? 

In ILEAD Ohio, participants will form a team of four to five and apply as a group. Applicants are not required to have a master’s degree in library science. Preference will be given to teams who have a makeup of people from different libraries and disparate library types (public, academic, school, and/or special).

APPLY

Completed applications must be sent to Erin Kelsey at ekelsey@library.ohio.gov by February 24 at 11:59 p.m. Download, complete, and submit the following PDF Forms.

For the best experience completing the form, use Adobe Acrobat Reader (free to download and use) on a desktop computer. Using a mobile device to complete the forms is not recommended. If you need help filling out and signing the PDF’s, here is a helpful article from Adobe.

ILEAD Ohio Project Team Application
Includes submission checklist and joint statement of need where  teams will expound on their project idea.

ILEAD Ohio Individual Application
Each team member applicant must fill out and submit with the team application.

ILEAD Ohio Personal Information Form
Each team member must fill out and submit with the team application.

ILEAD Ohio Letter of Commitment
Each team member must have this completed and signed by their governing authority/workplace.

LEARN MORE

Webinar

An informational webinar was held on January 12, 2023 with information on the ILEAD Ohio program, application process, and creating a team. The webinar was recorded and can be accessed on the State Library of Ohio’s YouTube page.

Virtual Sip and Mix

If you are interested in applying to ILEAD Ohio but aren’t sure how to build a team, there will be a virtual Sip and Mix on Monday, January 23. There are two sessions to provide different scheduling options to participate. During the virtual Sip and Mix, participants can brainstorm ideas and connect with other people who are looking for teammates. ILEAD Ohio 2023 planning committee members will be present to answer questions and provide guidance about teambuilding.

Sip & Mix 1, January 23 at 9 a.m. – https://ohionet-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAsd–trzkiHdPHrUNrP-eKOJCY3jMxqd80

Sip & Mix 2, January 23 at 6 p.m. – https://ohionet-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0qfuGvqDIpEtKzj8SP4oRJ3-meIGsLeoMK 

External links on this website do not constitute an endorsement by the State Library of Ohio.


ILEAD Ohio is made possible by the State Library of Ohio and OhioNET with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Through grant making, policy development, and research, we help communities and individuals thrive through broad public access to knowledge, cultural heritage and lifelong learning. To learn more about IMLS, please visit www.imls.gov.

Teams

The Bildungsroman Four:

Jessica Curtis, Westerville Public Library
Kellen Freeman, Delaware County District Library
Gillian Nance, Southwest Public Libraries
Rose Shaddy, Ohio Central School System

NEO Library Commuter’s Community:

Holly Kabat, Medina County District Library
Kalyn Kappelman, Reed Memorial Library
Forrest Kilb, Cleveland Public Library
Margaret Killman, Shaker Heights Public Library
Alison Leininger, Hudson City School District

Cultural Connections:

Danielle Bernert, Columbus College of Art and Design
Hilary Harlan, Bexley Public Library
Leann Schneider Webb, Bexley Public Library
Penelope Shumaker, State Library of Ohio

Tech To Go:

Natalie Amato, Cleveland Institute of Art
Katy Hite, Upper Arlington Public Library
Brandon Thomas, Columbus Metropolitan Library

Mentors

Chad Boeninger, Ohio University Libraries
Karl Colon, Greene County Public Library
Karen Miller, Bradbury Miller Associates
Christine Morris, OhioNet


ILEAD USA – Ohio is made possible by the State Library of Ohio and OhioNet with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Photo of ILEAD USA - Ohio 2017 Participants

ILEAD USA – Ohio 2017 Participants. Photo by Catherine Murray / Photo Kitchen

Teams

Captivating Librarians

Brooke Cox, Toledo Lucas County Public Library
Shawn Farrell, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Shelly Guerrero, Toledo Lucas County Public Library
Jeff Laser, Bexley Public Library
Phil Willke, State Library of Ohio

Team Vittles

Gregg Gassman, State Library of Ohio
Shane Hoffman, Plain City Public Library
Gina Maida, University of Mount Union Library
Kate McCartney, Marysville Public Library
Sarah Schaff, Denison University Libraries

Educate & Connect Zanesville

Lori Lee, Zanesville City Schools
Jennifer Myers, John McIntire Elementary School
Cory Roush, Muskingum County Library System
Blair Tom, Muskingum County Library System

Team United

Dana Bjorklund, Cleveland Institute of Art
Ashley Gahm, Marysville Public Library
Erin Kelsey, Westerville Public Library
Cindy Lindsay, Bexley Public Library

Mentors

Chad Boeninger, Ohio University Libraries
Karl Colón, Greene County Public Library
Karen Miller, Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates
Christine Morris, OhioNET

Ohio Steering Committee

Cindy Boyden, State Library of Ohio
Beverly Cain, State Librarian of Ohio
Jen Johnson, State Library of Ohio
Missy Lodge, State Library of Ohio
Miriam Matteson, KSU-SLIS
Shelly Miller, OhioNET
Rachel Rubin, Bexley Public Library
Evan T. Struble, State Library of Ohio


ILEAD USA – Ohio 2017 was supported in-part by the State Library of Ohio with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Additional support was provided by the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science. ILEAD USA is a multi-state program designed to help library staff understand and respond to user needs through the application of participatory technology tools, all while developing their own library leadership skills.  Wisconsin and Pennsylvania are also participating in this national initiative.

 

Ohio ILEAD USA - Class of 2015
Photo courtesy of Photo Kitchen

Program Manager
Evan T. Struble, State Library of Ohio

Teams

Team Hub
Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library
Emily Glenn, Association of College & University Housing Officers
Beth Hatch, CLEVNET/Cleveland Public Library
Astrid Olfenbuttel Huber, Worthington Libraries
Tamara Murray, Westerville Public Library

Preserve Digital Ohio

Elizabeth Allen, Bexley Public Library
Jillian Carney, Ohio History Connection
Shannon Kupfer, State Library of Ohio
Nathan Tallman, University of Cincinnati Libraries

Librarians for Equal Opportunity Marketing

Cindy Boyden, State Library of Ohio
Terra Rogerson, Wagnalls Memorial Library
Mandy Simon, Bexley Public Library
Gabriel Venditti, Lorain County Community College—Bass Library

Mentors

Chad Boeninger, Ohio University Libraries
Karen Miller, Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates
Christine Morris, OHIONET

Ohio Steering Committee

Matthew Dyer, State Library of Ohio (Head of Instruction)
Beverly Cain, State Librarian of Ohio
Mandy Knapp, State Library of Ohio
Missy Lodge, State Library of Ohio
Shelly Miller, OHIONET
George Needham
Rachel Rubin, Bexley Public Library
Evan Struble, State Library of Ohio
Ann Watson, State Library of Ohio

Keynote Speakers

Sina Bahram, Prime Access Consulting
David Bendekovic, B.A. David Company
John Emerson, backspace.com
David Lankes, Syracuse University School of Information Studies
Eli Neiburger, Ann Arbor District Library
and many more to be announced…

For additional information, please contact Program Manager, Evan T. Struble, State Library of Ohio at estruble@library.ohio.gov or 614-752-9178.


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.

2013 ILEAD-USA Ohio participants
2013 ILEAD-USA Ohio participants. Photo by Catherine Murray / Photo Kitchen

February 2013 – The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce participants in Ohio’s first ILEAD USA. Teams, mentors, and instructors from Ohio and national keynote speakers have been selected for the year-long program. ILEAD USA is a multi-state program designed to help library staff understand and respond to user needs through the application of participatory technology tools. Ohio participants will join others from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, and Utah in this national initiative.

Teams

Intellectual Property Information Hub for Makers

Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz, Cleveland Public Library
Buffy Hamilton, Cleveland Public Library
Terrence Metter, Cleveland Public Library
Susan Paul, Lorain County Community College
Laura Ponikvar, Cleveland Institute of Art Library

Lost in Translation

David Green, OHIONET
Kirstin Krumsee, State Library of Ohio
Jessica Crossfield McIntosh, Courtright Memorial Library, Otterbein University
Julie Zaveloff, Columbus State Community College Library
Derek Zoladz, Columbus State Community College Library

Digitization

Whitney Carr, Bexley Public Library
Gillian Izor, Germantown Public Library
Jennifer Johnson, Ohioana Library Association

Mentor Corps

Karen Miller, Stark County District Library (Head of Mentor Corps)
Chad Boeninger, Ohio University Libraries
Karl Colón, Greene County Public Library
Christine Morris, OHIONET

Instructor Corps

Matthew Dyer, State Library of Ohio (Head of Instructor Corps)
Beverly Cain, State Librarian of Ohio
Catherine Hakala-Ausperk, Northeast Ohio Regional Library System (NEO-RLS)
Mandy Knapp, State Library of Ohio
Missy Lodge, State Library of Ohio
Shelly Miller, OHIONET
David Namiotka, State Library of Ohio
George Needham, OCLC
Rachel Rubin, Bexley Public Library
Evan Struble, State Library of Ohio
Ashlee Tominey, State Library of Ohio

Keynote Speakers

Emily Dowdall, Philadelphia Research Initiative, Pew Charitable Trusts
Marshall Breeding, Independent Consultant
John Emerson, backspace.com
Sari Feldman, Cuyahoga County Public Library
Susan Hildreth, Institute of Museum and Library Services
David Lankes, Syracuse University School of Information Studies
Jamie LaRue, Douglas County Libraries
Susan Madsen, Utah Valley University-Woodbury School of Business
George Needham, OCLC
Eli Neiburger, Ann Arbor District Library


ILEAD USA was a multi-state program designed to help library staff understand and respond to user needs through the application of participatory technology tools. Ohio participants joined others from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, and Utah in this national initiative. ILEAD USA 2013 was 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.