Our twelve Library Innovation Lab (LIL) 2018 cohort members reconvened in Oakland July 19 and 20 to share what they have learned through two months of intensive research into their communities’ needs and aspirations.
Presentations of each library’s tentative plan (including goals, activities, outreach, and assessment strategies) generated lively discussion. Comments and suggestions from the group will be incorporated into the final design of the public humanities programs each library will offer this fall.
Among the concepts proposed are a community-sourced exhibit of photos and stories about the meaning and significant of immigrant foodways in the Florence-Firestone neighborhood of south Los Angeles, a short documentary about the vibrant living dance traditions of Yuba City’s immigrant populations, and a collaborative mural-making project that will celebrate the contributions of many immigrant groups to Watsonville over the past 150 years.
Now in its second year, the Library Innovation Lab program supports responsive and relevant public humanities programming in California’s public libraries by providing a practice-based, capacity-building, professional development experience for library programming specialists. Cash awards to the participating libraries support innovative programming that engages immigrant populations and offers welcoming and inclusive experiences for all community members. Click here for more information.