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New Library Innovation Lab Program Launched!

January 23, 2017 by California Humanities

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The Library Innovation Lab pilot project will provide training, support, and resources to a cohort of programming librarians, enabling them to design and implement new public humanities projects that will reach and engage underserved immigrant groups in their communities during the program period.

Through an open call application, ten libraries were selected to receive $5,000 each to participate in our first round of the Library Innovation Lab grant program. This grants program will help build 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.

Library Innovation Lab:
2017-2018 Cohort Participants

Chula Vista Public Library
Joy Whatley, Senior Librarian

Contra Costa Library – Brentwood Library
Liz Fuller, Senior Community Library Manager

Cupertino Library (Santa Clara County Library District)
Roslyn Donald, Acting Community Librarian

Fresno County Public Library
Michelle Gordon, Community Librarian

Vernon-Leon H. Washington, Fr. Memorial Library (Los Angeles Public Library)
Yago Cura, Adult Librarian

Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library
Cindy Costales, Senior Librarian – Adult Services

Orange County Public Libraries (Irvine University Branch Library)
Tracy Li, Senior Branch Manager

Sacramento Public Library
Cathy Crosthwaite, Programing and Partnership Coordinator

San Diego Public Library/Weingart-City Heights Library
Jennifer Geran, Branch Manager

Santa Barbara Public Library
Jody Thomas, Librarian for Community Engagement/Adult Programming

For more information, please visit the Library Innovation Lab grants page.

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.

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