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Innovation in Libraries

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We believe that strong libraries create better educated citizens and communities with stronger social ties.

Unfortunately, libraries’ current funding structures and the limited professional development options available to librarians make it difficult to introduce innovation at scale. So a group of leaders within library and information science (LIS) created an initiative, Library Pipeline, dedicated to supporting structural changes by providing opportunities, funding, and services that improve the library as an institution and librarianship as a profession.

The Awesome Innovation in Libraries Chapter was created by a small working group of passionate librarians within Library Pipeline who wanted to provide a catalyst for prototyping both technical and non-technical library innovations that embody the principles of diversity, inclusivity, creativity, and risk-taking. Naturally, we embedded these principles into the grant selection guidelines:


Does the proposal directly address programs, technologies, or services that support individuals or communities that are not of the dominant culture in the United States (persons of color, women, the differently abled, LGBTQ)? Are the grant applicants themselves from a historically underrepresented population?


Does the proposal describe how efforts will be made to address the needs of a diverse community, or does it assume that the population it serves is monolithic and homogeneous?


Does the proposal suggest unusual approaches to solving a problem?


Is the proposal describing an approach that presents a new way of thinking about and executing library programs or services? Whether successful or not, could the project strengthen our understanding of affecting innovation in its domain? Does the proposal describe an approach and/or intended outcomes that would be difficult to fund via other means because of its perceived likelihood to fail?

If you have an awesome library project that fits within these principles, we want your application! Apply Now,

Proposals are due on the 1st of each month, decisions are rendered by the end of the month. All unsuccessful proposals will receive feedback from our trustees and are encouraged to reapply.

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