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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    September 2019 Grant: KRIA - The Icelandic Constitution Archive

    In 2011, Iceland rewrote its constitution using a uniquely and historically open process. It reshaped the dialogue on how a population can use available technology, consensus building, and civic engagement when reinventing the governmental processes in supporting the needs of their constituents. What resulted was a proposed constitution, that was affirmed by a public referendum. However, the Parliament has yet to ratify the proposal. Eight years later the effort is still alive and well, gaining traction and interest globally. Yet there’s a threat that this historically relevant process will disappear without documentation.




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    Awesome Libraries Partners with Awesome DC for ALA Live Pitch

    On June 22nd, during the American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington DC, Awesome Libraries teamed up with Awesome DC to throw a collaborative live pitch event at OpenGov Hub. Over 100 folks registered to attend and sponsors included: OpenGovHub, EveryLibrary Institute, and B.Lin Catering.

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    EveryLibrary Institute Partners with Awesome Libraries to Support Library Projects

    The EveryLibrary Institute today announces a new partnership with the Awesome Foundation - Libraries Chapter to support their fundraising and philanthropic activities with the launch of The EveryLibrary Institute is providing fiscal sponsorship and digital infrastructure support to help Awesome Libraries further its philanthropic mission of support. Awesome Libraries is a voluntary organization of library professionals who contribute on a monthly or yearly basis to a common donor pool and select “truly awesome” library projects from around the world to fund. Since 2017, Awesome Libraries trustees have donated $11,000 to eleven library and literacy projects in the United States and abroad.

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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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