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Cupertino Branch/Santa Clara County Library, Eastside Branch/Santa Barbara Public Library, Irvine-University Branch/Orange County Public Libraries

Library Innovation Lab 2018: Exploring New Ways of Engaging Immigrant Communities through Public Humanities Programming

Now in its second year, our Library Innovation Lab (LIL) program supports responsive and relevant public humanities programming in California’s public libraries through a practice-based professional development experience for a cohort of library programming specialists and cash grants.

This year’s cohort of 12 library “innovators” will research, design, implement and assess a small scale, short-term public humanities project at their library between April and December 2018. Working in a collaborative learning environment that  incorporates face-to-face and virtual group meetings as well as individualized advising, participants will acquire new skills and knowledge in programming and project management, build confidence and develop capacity in working with immigrants and other target audiences, and exercise creativity and imagination through experimenting with new programming approaches.

Ten programming librarians from all parts of the state participated in the initial year of the program (2017); each designed, implemented, and assessed an innovative project to engage immigrants in their community. Projects included a live participatory storytelling “jam session”, a series of photography workshops resulting in a book and exhibition, and the use of virtual reality technology to make it possible to  “walk a mile” in an immigrant’s shoes. (For a list of participants and project descriptions, click here).

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The current grant application period is closed, 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 by a grant from Wells Fargo Foundation, in-kind support from Southwest Airlines, and the generosity of individual donors throughout California.