Digital resources relating to storytimes, oral histories, code literacy, digitization, and librarian professional development have been created this year by 36 professionals representing school, public, and academic libraries as well as library organizations around Wisconsin.
Wisconsin was one of ten states to offer ILEAD USA – a library leadership development program.
Working in multi-community teams, the ILEAD USA participants produced projects that address community needs through participatory technology:
Team Digital Humanities is creating a digital exhibit highlighting some of the StoryCorps interviews conducted at Milwaukee Public Library in 2007; this exhibit will soon be available on the library's website (members represented Milwaukee and Lester public libraries).
Team Early Literacy Innovators commissioned a professional video promoting the use of apps and other digital media in storytimes for children (Madison, Muskego, New Berlin, and Waukesha public libraries; Indianhead Federated and Waukesha County library systems).
Team Enrich the Future - Tap Into the Past is creating a portable “digitization-in-a-box” toolkit (equipment, guidelines, and training tools) that will assist librarians and educators in digitizing their collections of still images (Horace Mann Middle School; T.B. Scott Free Library in Merrill; WiLS; the South Central and Wisconsin Valley library systems; Nicolet Area Technical College).
Team Minerva created a web portal ("Librarians Outside the Box") that allows public and school librarians to share, discuss, and collaborate (Gilbraltar School District; Brown County, Milwaukee, Suring Area, and West Bend Community public libraries; Southwest Wisconsin Library System).
Team MKE Mixers created a mobile makerspace ("mix box") of tools, instructions, and programming suggestions that can be shared among the libraries in Milwaukee County. Their team's website will be going live in 2016 (Greendale Middle School; Franklin, North Shore, Shorewood, and Whitefish Bay public libraries; Winnefox Library System).
Team WisCode Literati created a website as part of their mission to help change the world through code literacy; teaching communities to code is essential for their future (Appleton, Fond du Lac, La Crosse, Milwaukee, and Monroe public libraries; Arrowhead Library System)
A list of team members is available in a Wisconsin Libraries for Everyone blog post.
Detailed information about Wisconsin's ILEAD program can be found on the DPI website. Other states participating in the ILEAD USA program were Delaware, Illinois, Maine, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Utah.
Discussions are taking place among states to run a similar program in 2017.