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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.

Click here to see a list of participating libraries and proposed projects, and check out online calendar for detailed information about events in Fall 2018. 

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. A full list of participants and their projects can be viewed here.

Library Innovation Lab Participant Projects

 

For Grant Applicants

The next application deadline for Library Innovation Lab for 2019 will be posted shortly. Updated guidelines will be posted approximately two months ahead of the deadline. The online application portal will be accessible one month before the deadline. For more information, contact Project & Evaluation Director, Felicia Kelley.

Watch the 2018 Grant Application Webinar

 Download 2018 Guidelines

For Library Innovation Lab Grantees

LIL Grantee Toolkit

Grantee Portal

Library Innovation Lab 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.

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.