We believe that strong libraries create better-educated citizens and build communities with stronger social ties.
The Awesome Libraries Chapter was created in 2017 by a small working group of passionate librarians within Library Pipeline who wanted to provide a catalyst for prototyping both technical and non-technical library innovations that embody the principles of diversity, inclusivity, creativity, and risk-taking.
Since January 2017, the Awesome Libraries Chapter has funded over a dozen projects, from around the globe, primarily focused on building community through reading projects, diversifying book collections, and increasing access to libraries. Each represents a specific, community-based project that would normally fall outside the scope of a grant-funding agency.
In the smallest way possible, the collective intention of the Awesome Libraries Chapter is to recognize the transformative power of libraries, librarians, and the communities that they impact. Our dedicated team of trustees, who lead our application review and award process, reflect our commitment to a participatory culture of support and the diversity of the library community.
In 2019 we took another step towards making Awesome Libraries sustainable and scalable by partnering with the EveryLibrary Institute to manage donations and support our technology needs. With fiscal sponsorship from the EveryLibrary Institute, donations made to the Awesome Libraries chapter are tax deductible If you’d like to help fund awesome library projects around the world, please donate or consider becoming an Awesome Libraries trustee.
Current Deans and Trustees:
Robin Champieux, Research Engagement and Open Science Librarian at Oregon Health Sciences University
Joshua Finnell, Head of Research and Instruction, Colgate University
Bonnie Tijerina, Fellow, Data & Society
Sally Brazil, Chief, Archives and Records Management, The Frick Collection,
Priya Charry, Adult Services Librarian, Bremerton Branch of the Kitsap Regional Library
Dada Kayode John, Librarian, Ahmadu Bello University
Michael DeNotto, Humanities Librarian, Hope College
Miguel A. Figueroa, Director, American Library Association Center for the Future of Libraries
Michael Gutierrez, Head of Public Services, South Dakota State University
Lareese Hall, Director of Libraries, Colby College
Stephanie Kays, Fine Arts Librarian, Denison University
Morning Wilder, Librarian, City Colleges of Chicago
Former Deans and Trustees:
Stacy Konkiel, Director of Research Relations, Altmetric
Sophie Bussman-Kemdjo, Director of the African Law Library, a core program of the African Innovation Foundation
Kate Byrne, Repository Platform Product Manager, Symplectic
Ellah Diba-Khani, Librarian, University of Botswana
Lenore England, Assistant Director, Electronic Resource Management, University of Maryland University College
Sheila Garcia, MLIS student, Wayne State University
Purity Kavuri-Mutuku, Senior Librarian at Nakuru Public Library
Jerry Mathema, College Librarian, Masiyephambili College
Andrew Nagy, SaaS Product Leader, EBSCO
Anna Naruta-Moya, Project Director of the Indigenous Digital Archive, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
Amber Painter, Southwest Regional Coordinator, Indiana State Library
Mark Robison, Research Services Librarian, Valparaiso University
Roy Tennant, Senior Program Manager, OCLC Programs and Research
Laura Zeigen, Assistant Professor and Liaison Librarian, Oregon Health & Science University
Madeleine Charney, Research Services Librarian, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amanda Campbell, Assistant Branch Manager, Huntsville-Madison County Public Library
The Awesome Libraries is a chapter of the Awesome Foundation. The Awesome Foundation was founded by Tim Hwang in Boston in 2009 as an international network of autonomous chapters of philanthropists that provide small grants for projects to "people devoted to forwarding the interest of awesomeness in the universe." Awesome chapters assume no ownership of the projects they fund and provide the funds with no strings attached. There are 72 active chapters of the organization in operation. Chapters are based in cities around the world with four chapters dedicated to specific causes worldwide. Chapters are autonomous, though the original Boston chapter spearheaded an organizational model of consensus-based decision-making.
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