Library Innovation Lab

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"Library Innovation Lab: Exploring New Ways of Engaging California’s Immigrant Communities”

America’s public libraries have played an important role in welcoming newcomers throughout our history. This program will build on that legacy by building capacity within California libraries to develop creative and innovative programs that will respond to the needs and circumstances of today’s immigrants and immigrant communities and foster more inclusive communities within our state.

During 2017, the lab will provide encouragement, guidance, and resources to a cohort of library programmers as they each design and implement (field test) a new public humanities program to engage immigrants in their communities. This 12-month process of individual and group learning and discovery will be enriched by library and humanities field experts, and supported with material resources, including a $5,000 grant to each participating library that will provide “venture capital” to experiment with new programming that may provide models for the future. 

Awards will be announced in December, 2016.

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For more information, contact Project & Evaluation Director, Felicia Kelley.

The planning phase of this project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. 

The Library Innovation Lab is supported in part through a generous in-kind donation from: