Library teams to develop community-based projects through ILEAD USA program

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Thursday, February 5, 2015
Contact: Tom McCarthy, DPI Communications Officer, (608) 266-3559

Library teams to develop community-based projects through ILEAD USA program

MADISON — Library staff members throughout the state have been chosen for six teams that will develop community-based projects to serve library patron needs as part of a multi-state ILEAD USA program.

 Wisconsin team members come from public, school, and academic libraries as well as regional public library systems. Selection was through an application process.

“This is an exciting initiative,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers. “Library staff will be collaborating
on community-based projects to improve services as well as honing their leadership and technology skills.”

A national program, ILEAD USA will have teams of library staff work together to identify a community
need and develop, manage, and evaluate a project to meet that need. The Wisconsin teams will attend three
in-person sessions, the first March 23-26 in Green Lake. In addition to the Green Lake sessions, teams will hold
virtual meetings and use collaborative, digital-based technologies to work on their projects.

Other sessions will be held June 22-25 and October 26-29 and will be simultaneous in each of the 10 states,
with plenary sessions on streaming video. States in addition to Wisconsin are: Delaware, Illinois, Maine, New York,
North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Utah.

“By fostering collaboration and creativity, the ILEAD USA program strengthens libraries to better serve
patrons in the continuously changing digital environment,” Evers added.

The 2015 ILEAD USA-Wisconsin project is made possible through a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian
Program grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) with additional funding provided by the
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.


NOTES: More information about ILEAD USA-Wisconsin is available at A list of
ILEAD USA-Wisconsin participants follows. This news release is available electronically at

2015 ILEAD USA-Wisconsin Teams

Team: Digital Humanities
Rachel Arndt Milwaukee Public Library
Maria Cunningham-Benn Milwaukee Public Library
Elisabeth Kaune Milwaukee Public Library
Mary Lou Klecha Milwaukee Public Library
Kirsten Thompson Milwaukee Public Library

Team: Early Literacy Innovators
Katharine Clark Madison Public Library
Angela Meyers Waukesha County Federated Library System
Kerry Pinkner Waukesha Public Library
Christi Sommerfeldt Muskego Public Library
Christine Weichart New Berlin Public Library

Team: Enrich the Future – Tap Into the Past
Inese Christman Wisconsin Valley Library Services (Wausau)
Sue Engel Horace Mann Middle School (Wausau)
Don Litzer T.B. Scott Free Library (Merrill)
Todd Mountjoy Richard J. Brown Library
Nicolet Area Technical College (Rhinelander)
Emily Pfotenhauer WiLS (Madison)

Team: Minerva
Amanda Burns Suring Area Public Library
Kinga Jacobson Gibraltar School District Library (Fish Creek)
Nancy Larson West Bend Community Memorial Library
Debbie Olguin Matheson Memorial Library (Elkhorn)
Kimberly Young Brown County Library (Green Bay)

Team: Public/School Library Technology Study
Beth Henika North Shore Library (Glendale)
Krista Hutley Whitefish Bay Public Library
Jennifer Loeffel Franklin Public Library
Emily Passey Shorewood Public Library
Sandra Speare Greendale Middle School

Team: WisCode Literati
Kim Boldt Miriam B. & James J. Mulva Library
St. Norbert College (DePere)
Sara Bryce Kozla La Crosse Public Library
Melody Clark Arrowhead Library System (Milton)
Joshua Cowles Fond du Lac Public Library
Holly Storck-Post Monroe Public Library

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