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Deadline to Host a Library Innovation Studio Makerspace - Recorded Online Session 

This is not so much an event as a reminder that the deadline to apply to be a host public accredited library is March 29, 2019. Would your Nebraska Accredited Public Library like to host a makerspace for twenty weeks in 2020? The Nebraska Library Commission’s Library Innovation Studios Transforming Rural Communities project that features a dynamic rotating makerspace that your accredited public library can host for up to twenty weeks. Your library can join the other 26 libraries that have been selected to host a Library Innovation Studio. We still have room to select another five accredited public libraries—four to host full studios between March and August 2020, and one to host as a mini studio between November 2019 to March, 2020. Everything you need to know to apply is located on the Library Innovation Studios Website at:, including: • Information about the equipment available in the four identical Library Innovation Studios that are rotating around the state – click on Equipment/Components. • The "Application of Interest & Commitment" due March 29, 2019. This document also lists the time periods available for the final five libraries to host the Makerspaces. • The "Library Participation Benefits and Expectations, with Answers to Questions" link is likely to answer questions you may have about what is all involved in hosting a Library Innovation Studio. • All other links and sections offer information about the project that will help you visualize the project, as well as provide a glimpse of the local commitment, benefits, and expectations. The Nebraska Library Commission will consider any rural or small accredited public library to host the Library Innovation Studios. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) considers libraries with a legal service area of less than 25,000 as a small library. Using July 1, 2015 U.S. Census estimates, all but six communities in Nebraska would qualify based on size. Those excluded from participation because of their size are the public libraries in Bellevue, Fremont, Grand Island, Kearney, Lincoln, and Omaha. The Nebraska Library Innovation Studios Transforming Rural Communities project is supported in part by the Nebraska Library Commission, partnering with the University of Nebraska Lincoln Nebraska Innovation Studio, Nebraska Extension, and Regional Library Systems. The project is funded through a National Leadership Grant awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS grant #LG-95-17-0046-17). Please feel free to contact me with questions. Libraries can learn more about the project and the application/selection process by watching the following recorded May 30, 2018 webinar: NCompass Live, Library Innovation Studios: A Makerspace Project Update and Review of the Final Application Process Note: The recorded session refers to the July 20, 2018 deadline as the final deadline. However, the March 29, 2019 deadline is the now the final deadline.  
Class Format
Recorded Online Session
Date Recorded Length
3/29/2019 1 hr
No Charge
Library Innovation Studios Project Manager JoAnn McManus
CE Hours
For Further Information Sponsor
JoAnn McManus
Nebraska Library Commission
Registration is not required