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Library Innovation Studios

About the Project

Additional Info

Project Summary

Logic Model

Library Participation Benefits and Expectations with Answers to Questions

Application of Interest & Commitment  (pdf)  (Word)

Recorded Webinars

Training Videos

Equipment / Components

Equipment Instructions

Space Needs Chart


Community Engagement

Partners & Donors

Upcoming Webinar:

Join us for NCompass Live on May 30, 2018 entitled: Library Innovation Studios – A Project Update and Review of the Application Process.  Sign up at:


Welcome Webinar - Library Innovation Studios—First Cycle of Communities

On October 18th, 2017 the Library Innovation Studios project team led a discussion between the project team and the first cycle of communities/libraries participating in the project to include the library staff, area extension educators, and key community engagement team members in the communities of Plattsmouth, Ainsworth, Ashland, Loup City and Crete.

The agenda included items associated with: preparing for the upcoming train the trainer training, the library’s hosting period, and elements of the community engagement process and activities.

Future cycles of libraries should view this recorded webinar to help them get ready for their Community Engagement process and their hosting period.

NCompass Live: Library Innovation Studios - Project Introduction and Application Process

Recorded on June 7, 2017 NCompass Live -

Project staff and partners for Library Innovation Studios: Transforming Rural Communities project provided an introduction to the project and discussed the impending application/selection process. Eligible Nebraska public libraries are those with a legal service area of less than 25,000 and are accredited. (The deadline for the first application cycle was July 10, 2017. The final deadline is scheduled for July 20, 2018.)

The Nebraska Library Commission (NLC) along with partners University of Nebraska—Lincoln, Nebraska Innovation Studio, Nebraska Extension, and Regional Library Systems, are excited about the project that was awarded a National Leadership Grant of $530,732 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The project began July 1, 2017 and will conclude June 30, 2020.

The project uses Library Innovation Studios (makerspaces) hosted by 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 is expected to stimulate creativity, innovation and the exchange of ideas to facilitate entrepreneurship, skills development, and local economic development.

Presenters: JoAnn McManus, Rod Wagner, Mary Jo Ryan, Holly Woldt, and Connie Hancock

For more information, contact JoAnn McManus.