Top 5 Take-aways from ILEAD-USA
This year I’m jumping out of my comfort zone of YA fiction and crafty programs and have joined a team that was accepted to the ILEAD USA program in Illinois. Over the course of the year, our team will design and implement a program using technology to improve service to our patrons and more deeply connect with our communities. My team, the Techno-Whats, will be exploring simple robotics for children and teens, and structuring staff training so that more people in service to kids and teens will feel comfortable and supported in trying these new STEM programs.
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But what I learned at our first in person session is that ILEAD is so much more than technology! Here are my top 5 take-aways from what several have aptly termed “library sleepaway camp” that I think everyone can benefit from.
1. The process is more important than the product.
2. Where imaginations play, learning happens.
3. Accessible design helps everyone.
4. It’s not about technology, it’s about people.
5. We may be in sharky water, but we are the sharks.
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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