Awesome Libraries is dedicated to helping individuals and communities bring about and grow imaginative library projects around the world. We want to help make the world a more awesome place by providing a catalyst for implementing library innovations that embody the principles of diversity, inclusivity, creativity, and risk-taking to meet a community’s needs.

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    Inspiring Innovation – An Awesome Ideas Pitch for Libraries

    The Awesome Foundation’s Libraries Chapter is hosting its first ever “Awesome Ideas Pitch for Libraries” during the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver. Chapter organizers reached out to the profession looking for great ideas for small projects that could impact our communities, demonstrate a new idea, or improve a tool or service. Eight individuals will share their proposed projects with the ALA community today and the audience and judges will choose their favorite.

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    Awesome Libraries Chapter provides seed funds for library innovations

    Originally published by the University of Illinois School of Information Sciences blog:

    A commitment to library innovations led a small group of librarians, including iSchool alumnus Joshua Finnell (MS '07), to create the Awesome Libraries Chapter. The chapter originated from a working group of the Library Pipeline, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting structural changes by providing opportunities, funding, and services that improve the library as an institution and librarianship as a profession. Finnell, head of research and instruction and associate professor in the University Libraries at Colgate University, started the chapter with group members Bonnie Tijerina, researcher at the Data & Society Research Institute in New York, and Robin Champieux, scholarly communication librarian at Oregon Health & Science University.

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    NCompass Live: The Innovation in Libraries Awesome Foundation Chapter

    Transformative innovation is often driven by small scale projects and experiments. The Innovation in Libraries Awesome Foundation Chapter was created to support the prototyping of library innovations that embody the principles of diversity, inclusivity, creativity, and risk-taking. Since its founding, the chapter has supported projects from around the world that reflect the potential of citizen and library-driven collaborations to address community issues and innovations. This session will discuss how the chapter was formed, the projects that have been funded, and the future direction of the Innovation in Libraries Chapter.

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    The Innovation In Libraries Awesome Foundation Chapter

    Originally Published at In the Library With a Lead Pipe, May 2017.

    On May 1st, The Innovation in Libraries Awesome Foundation Chapter will distribute its monthly call for grant applications across a global network.

    On May 15th, The Innovation in Libraries Awesome Foundation Chapter will close its call for grant applications.

    Between May 16th and May 30th, The Innovation in Libraries Awesome Foundation Chapter trustees will read, debate, build consensus, and ultimately vote on a winning project.

    On May 31st, the Innovation in Libraries Awesome Foundation Chapter will announce the winning project.

    This cycle will repeat every month through September.

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