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Library Innovation Studios

Public Library Application Deadline: July 10, 2017

Additional Info

Project Summary

Logic Model

Library Participation Benefits and Expectations with Answers to Questions

Application of Interest & Commitment  (pdf)  (Word)

Recorded Webinar

Equipment / Components

Space Needs Chart

About the Project
The Nebraska Library Commission along with partners University of Nebraska—Lincoln, Nebraska Innovation Studio, Nebraska Extension, and Regional Library Systems, are excited about the Library Innovation Studios: Transforming Rural Communities project, which was recently awarded a National Leadership Grant of $530,732 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The project will begin July 1, 2017 and conclude June 30, 2020.
The project uses Library Innovation Studios (makerspaces) hosted by public libraries to support community engagement and participatory learning experiences by providing access to technological and innovative learning tools not readily accessible locally. This strengthening of the maker culture in Nebraska communities is expected to stimulate creativity, innovation, and the exchange of ideas to facilitate entrepreneurship, skills development, and local economic development.
The multi-faceted project will:
  • Establish local Community Action Teams in thirty rural and small communities (communities with a populations less than 25,000);
  • Purchase equipment and related materials for four rotating Innovation Studios that will be hosted by libraries for approximately 20 weeks each;
  • Develop instructional materials and user equipment certification processes;
  • Employ sustainability strategies for permanent studios;
  • Provide training on the use of the equipment, focusing on Train-the-Trainer strategies;
  • Assist with local marketing efforts and programming/events, including open houses and maker showcases; and
  • Host annual inventors’ showcases in Lincoln.

These three goals guide the project:

  • Rural community residents will be empowered with the tools and guidance to explore, collaborate, create, learn, and invent;
  • Libraries will transform their rural communities through participatory learning spaces, while establishing themselves as strong community catalysts for community change; and
  • Libraries (and communities) nationwide will have access to a replicable model.

Contact Information

JoAnn McManus, Library Innovation Studios Project Manager, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023, 402-471-4870, 800-307-2665, joann.mcmanus@nebraska.gov

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [grant #LG-95-17-0046-17].
Program Partners include: Nebraska Library Commission, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Nebraska 4-H Extention