2023 Library Innovation Awards

One month!

That’s how long our member libraries (all of them, folks: school, special, academic, and public) have left to come up with an innovative idea and apply for funding. Think of it like Shark Tank® but with a library spin. You pitch your idea, in the form of, well, a Google Form®, send in some supporting documents (think budget or estimates), and then if “The Sharks” think you have one of the most innovative ideas proposed, you could be funded in October.

Here’s the overview of this NEKLS 2023 Competitive Grant opportunity: http://www.nekls.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/2023_NEKLS_Innovative_Library_Award_Overview.Final_.pdf

  • Maybe you’re a school librarian, and you have a great idea for changing up how you get kiddos to discover new interests.
  • You might be new to academia, fresh out of library school, and you have unique insights into how to engage with first year students.
  • Through your work in public libraries you have seen how you aren’t reaching a demographic in the building, so the next step is to bring the library to them at the ________.
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