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The Cultural Marketplace, a 2018 Library Innovation Lab program at the Anaheim Public Library, brought together cultural traditions from the area's many communities, including this Taiko drumming performance. Photo: Our Indian Culture.

Library Innovation Lab Application Window Opens January 1

Attention California Library Public Programmers!

Are you looking for a challenge?  Do you want to develop your programming skills?  Experiment with new programming approaches?  Help immigrants feel more at home in your community?  Meet like-minded colleagues across the state? If so, our Library Innovation Lab (LIL) program, Exploring New Ways of Engaging Immigrant Communities Through Public Humanities Programming, may be right for you!

Now entering its third year, LIL will provide a “learn by doing” professional development experience to a new cohort of programming librarians or library staffers over a nine-month period from March to December 2019. With support from peers, mentors and consultants, participants will research, plan, implement and assess a new public humanities program to engage a target immigrant population in their community. A $5,000 cash grant to each participating library provides “risk capital” for experimenting with innovating programming. Hands-on practice and reflection will develop participants’ skills and build their confidence and advance the mission of California libraries to serve their communities.

Applications from California public library or library-serving organizations will be accepted January 1 through March 1, 2019. Participation in the LIL program and cohort is limited to library public programmers.

An interactive webinar will be conducted Thursday, January 17, 2019, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm to provide more information and answer your questions.

Register for LIL Webinar

Visit the LIL webpage for more information, including descriptions of the exciting projects implemented by our 2017 and 2018 cohort participants, and the application toolkit.

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