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Library Innovation Lab Grants

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

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

Now entering its fourth year, our Library Innovation Lab (LIL) program supports the design and delivery of responsive and relevant public humanities programming in California’s public libraries by providing a nine-month practice-based professional development experience (and cash grants of up to $5,000) to participating library programmers. To date, 42 California libraries from across the state have participated in the program which aims to provide welcoming experiences for immigrants and foster more inclusive communities. Get a list of descriptions of their exciting projects and read a recap blog post about the incredible public humanities programming by the 2018 cohort.

The 2020 cohort of library “innovators” will research, design, implement and assess a small scale, short-term public humanities project at their library between April 1 and December 31, 2020. Working in a collaborative learning environment that will incorporate 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.

Applications for participation in the next cohort will be accepted between December 2020 and March 2021. Guidelines and application will be published on December 1, 2020. See below to access program guidelines and the informational webinar from the 2020 application. For more information, contact Project & Evaluation Director, Felicia Kelley, 415.391.1474 ext. 316.

Past Library Innovation Lab Participant Projects

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