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.

The winner will walk out of the pitch event with $1,000. The goal is to support a great idea that just needs a little funding to get started. This is a chance for librarians to share ideas, move a project along, or do something Inspiring Innovation – An Awesome Ideas Pitch for Libraries wacky, fun, experimental, or artistic with no strings attached. Attendees will hear a

range of ideas including enhancing STEM education by bringing AR technology to underprivileged schools, documenting the Sacramento punk scene, improving the discoverability and usability of ebooks, creating a series of wellness-related activties to support students and practitioners of health professions, funding a storytelling festival for kids, empowering college students in the design of accessible and inclusive library maker programming, and creating a community of rabid book fans.