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Want to develop your leadership and project management skills? Apply for ILEAD USA–Ohio 2019 today!

We’re pleased to announce that OhioNET is directly partnering with the State Library of Ohio to bring you ILEAD USA–Ohio 2019! If you are interested in a program to encourage Ohio library staff at all levels and from all library types to meet 21st-Century needs with interactive participatory tools in a fun and casual environment, then apply to this year’s ILEAD today.

ILEAD USA – Ohio is a team-based library leadership program that teaches librarians to work with each other, develop their leadership skills, and use participatory and emerging technologies to solve a clear problem in their community.

Team Members:  We are looking for up to 5 teams of 4 to 5 individuals to make up the participants for the ILEAD USA – Ohio 2019 program.  Teams are made up of individuals who have identified a community problem and are interested in learning how to use technology to solve that community need. Preference will be given to teams that are made up of individuals representing at least two different library types and at least three different libraries.  Teams must apply as a single entity.  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 Evan T. Struble at [email protected] or 614-752-9178. If you’re still not sure about the program, consider attending an upcoming webinar: ILEAD USA—Ohio: What’s It All About? (Webinar details coming soon.)


ILEAD USA – Ohio will be held March 19-21, June 11-13 and October 22-24 in 2019. Team members must commit to attending all three sessions of ILEAD USA – Ohio.  Your commitment also involves time devoted between the three sessions to working on your project with your team. 


Mohican State Park & Lodge, in Perrysville, Ohio


The only costs associated with ILEAD USA – Ohio are the costs of your travel to/from Mohican State Park & Lodge.  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.


Librarians have needs in their communities that can be solved by working with other librarians and by utilizing technological advances.  ILEAD USA – Ohio is a program that helps librarians learn:

  • To identify those needs;
  • To work with other librarians to solve community problems; and
  • To use the participatory technology necessary to improve their communities.

Team application available:

Contact Evan T. Struble ([email protected]) at the State Library of Ohio with any questions regarding ILEAD USA – Ohio.  Applications are due no later than January 31, 2019 at 5:00 pm.   Team members will be notified of acceptance in early February 2019.

This event is made possible through funding from The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

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