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ILLINOIS STATE LIBRARY


Continuing Education for Librarians

ILEAD U: Illinois Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover

ILEAD U: Illinois Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover is a continuing education library immersion program that cultivates both participatory technology skills building and leadership training, in order to increase exposure of services, engage libraries’ constituents, and provide opportunities for collaborating on innovative projects. Beginning in 2010, with grant funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the ILEAD U continuing education model fosters the development of team projects over a nine month period that combines intermittent face-to-face meetings with online technology training sessions. At the end of nine months, the ILEAD U program culminates with formal presentations of team projects, which either extend beyond ILEAD U to become ongoing library programs or the knowledge gained from ILEAD U informs subsequent collaborative projects.

On the Front Lines Statewide Library Practitioners Conference

The purpose of this three day conference is to equip and enlighten frontline staff persons with training, exposure, the latest technology tools, and techniques that will enable them to effectively and efficiently meet the needs of their community. Keynote and concurrent sessions will address topics to help frontline staff serve and engage their communities within the framework of our multitype library system.

Small Public Library Management Institute

The Small Public Library Management Institute (SPLMI) is held annually, as a weeklong Institute, whose mission is twofold: 1) to provide public library administrators with a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities; and 2) to provide public library administrators with the skills they need to better serve their constituents. Topics range from legal and budgeting issues to policy development, innovative programs, building safety, leadership, customer service, and personnel. Opportunities for networking, teambuilding, and informal discussions provide the platform for intensive work and professional growth.