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"Part of resilience is finding joy, finding beauty, finding love."

— George Takei, Actor, Author, Director, Activist

"Part of resilience is finding joy, finding beauty, finding love."

— George Takei, Actor, Author, Director, Activist

Announcing Ten New Library Innovation Lab Cohort Members

Congratulations to ten new library staff who have been selected to participate in the 2020 cohort of the Library Innovation Lab. This hybrid professional development and grant program provides support, training, and resources to libraries across the state to research, develop, and implement new programs that focus on serving new Californians. Now entering its fourth year, this cohort is one of the most geographically diverse, representing the San Francisco Bay Area, the Central Valley, the Sierras, Los Angeles, Orange County, the Inland Empire, and San Diego metropolitan area. The staff in the cohort represent a range of experience in the library field, with some relatively new to library work, and others with many years of experience. With a focus on serving immigrant communities through programming, many of the current cohort members are immigrants themselves.

Click here to see the list of Library Innovation Lab participants and projects to date. Learn more about the Library Innovation Lab.

Congratulations to the cohort:

Tony Lam, Librarian
Anaheim Public Library—Euclid Branch Library

Susan Martinez, Senior Librarian
Oakland Public Library—Eastmont Branch

Annemarie Russo, Literacy Coordinator
Marin County Free Library—Point Reyes Branch Library

Isariya Locke, Community Librarian
Fresno County Public Library

Erin Nakasone, Librarian II, Youth Services
Oceanside Public Library

Rachael (Morgan) Lazo, Adult Services Librarian
City of Santa Clarita Public Library—Old Town Newhall Library

Bobbi Luster, Branch Manager
Nevada County Community Library—Truckee Branch Library

Emily Aaronson, Adult Librarian
LAPL—Friends of the Studio City Branch Library

Nancy Reiter, Branch Manager 2
Riverside County Library System—Home Gardens Library

Lisa Carter, Adult Services Librarian
Alameda County Library System—Newark Branch Library

Library Innovation Lab is supported in part by Wells Fargo Foundation and the generosity of individual donors throughout California.


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