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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    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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    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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