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.