Library Innovation Lab

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Now entering its fourth year, California Humanities' 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 to library staff members (and cash grants of up to $5,000 to each participating library). 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.

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. Guidelines and application materials are available on the Library Innovation Lab page.

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