L.E.A.Ding by Example: Bridging the gap between old wisdom and new worlds

Davila Greene
Water Resources Librarian
UCR Libraries
Tiffany Chow
IE LEADS Fellow/Library Assistant
UCR Libraries
Patricia Smith-Hunt
Director, Preservation Services
UCR Libraries


In 2010 the UCR Libraries and 17 partner and affiliate institutions were awarded a $974,259 Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant to implement the Inland Empire Librarians Educated to Advance Diversity and Service (IE LEADS) initiative. Primarily, the grant supports attainment of the Masters in Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree. However, preparing participants for leadership roles in a variety of library settings is critical to the success of our programme. To this end, librarians from partner and affiliate institutions engage with Fellows through mentoring, internships, and other leadership-building opportunities.


A library director supervises a student’s internship and encourages her to collaborate with a librarian/faculty team to plan & implement a First Year Seminar course… The law librarian who leads a library school student through the nuances of developing and managing collections for special audiences… A college librarian gives a newly minted professional the freedom to work with a needs assessment project. These examples illustrate the commitment of librarians in Southern California to the cultivation of the next generation of librarians. They have taken IE LEADS fellows under their wing and provided mentoring and project-based internships which are translating into marketable leadership experiences.

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Date and time: 
Fri, 04/04/2014 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm