ILEAD USA Delaware

December 11th, 2014 by Sarena Fletcher
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Library staff from across the state of Delaware are invited to apply to participate in ILEAD USA Delaware 2015. The Division of Libraries has been promoting this continuing education library immersion program over the past several months, encouraging library staffers whose positions may range from part-time pages to full-time librarians to identify a community need that can be addressed through an innovative use of technology. That is the core of ILEAD – a program that teaches library staff to work with each other using participatory and emerging technologies to solve a community need.

ILEAD, a clever acronym for Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply, and Discover, was initiated by the Illinois State Library (ISL) and will be funded in 2015 by an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush grant through the ISL and by the Delaware Division of Libraries.

Last year my colleague and I traveled three times to Springfield, Illinois, to participate in the fourth cohort of ILEAD as Apprentices. Along with ten* other states, we observed 25 Illinois library staffers as they progressed on their team projects, during the time span of March 2014 through October 2014. We watched the teams develop their leadership and team building skills as they learned new technologies to fulfill their project goals and better serve their communities.

By the end of the final session in October, these exceptional staffers were roaring to return to their libraries, armed with their ILEAD experience, claiming “[ILEAD] will challenge you. It will reaffirm your belief in what you’re doing. It’ll make you happy … Just join.” A.Y. from the I GED U team, 2014

Past projects include:

Engaging Ones – developed a geo-location capable software application to connect teens with librarians and library programs near their current location. Resulted in IMLS Sparks! Ignition grant.

Grow Digital – a centralized site for people struggling with digital literacy where they can acquire the digital skills needed to function well in today’s society.

Robot Test Kitchen – reviews of robotic tools for use in a public library setting.

Sharing Useful Professional Electronic Resources – a collection of digital resources organized by school librarians to reflect the Common Core standards for language arts.

The Division of Libraries is bringing this extraordinary program to Delaware in 2015. We are in search of innovative library staff, mentors and instructors.

You can find additional information on ILEAD USA Delaware 2015 at guides.lib.de.us/ILEADDelaware2015

*Colorado, Illinois, Maine, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Wisconsin (Other states participated as Apprentices and will not be replicating the program in 2015)

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2015 Teen Video Challenge

November 7th, 2014 by patty.langley
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Delaware Teens are invited to create a 30 to 90 second video with their unique interpretation of the 2015 Summer Library Reading Program slogan “Unmask” combining reading and libraries. This is an opportunity for teens to showcase their creativity and have their videos seen before a national audience.

The Video Challenge, a national competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library’s summer reading program, is sponsored by the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP). CSLP is a consortium of public libraries and state library agencies throughout the United States, its territories, and the Cayman Islands.

Entries will be judged on: Creativity; Message clarity and relevance; Motivation and inspiration; Overall impact.

$150 will be awarded to the creators the winning state video and their associated public library will receive prizes from CSLP and Demco/Upstart. The deadline for Delaware entries is Friday, March 20.  Winners will be announced by CSLP in April 2015.

For full details including entry forms, please visit http://guides.lib.de.us/unmask

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Language Comes Alive at the Library

October 22nd, 2014 by Beth-Ann Ryan
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Libraries offer fun and engaging programs for all ages, and language programs are an important part of these offerings.  The Corbit-Calloway Memorial Library recently hosted “Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés!” – a high energy bilingual language program.

“The kids get a lot out of these kinds of programs. When they go home they’re speaking some of these words, they’re humming some of the tunes.  And I think the kids learn to love coming to the library.”

–Karen Quinn, Corbit Calloway Memorial Library Director

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Guide to the Ebola Virus

October 15th, 2014 by patty.langley
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Questions about Ebola? Am I in danger? Can I travel?

The Division of Libraries now has a LibGuide on the Ebola virus. This guide gives you news, research resources and authoritative information together in one finding aid.

EbolaLibGuide

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IMLS Interviews Delaware State Librarian

September 29th, 2014 by Beth-Ann Ryan
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The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently interviewed State Librarian, Dr. Annie Norman, about how the needs of library users are changing and evolving. It’s an interesting topic and a worthwhile read. Thanks for the support IMLS!

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