Library Innovation Lab 2020: 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, 32 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 2020 cohort will be accepted between January 2 and March 2, 2020. An informational webinar is set for Wednesday, January 15, from 10 to 11 am. A recording will be archived and made available on this page if you are unable to attend the live event. See below to access program guidelines and application materials and register for the informational webinar. For more information, contact Project & Evaluation Director, Felicia Kelley, 213.346.3239.
For Library Innovation Lab Grantees