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ABOUT LIBRARY INNOVATIONS: This season, inspired by the Urban Library Council's Annual Forum theme, Innovations, focuses on the 2019 Top Innovator and Honorable Mention award winners that were selected based on inventiveness of their library program or service, outcomes achieved and the accessibility for other libraries to adopt and adapt the innovation in their library. Tune in to hear firsthand how libraries are expanding the boundaries of what is possible for 21st-century library and their communities.

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    • Society & Culture

ABOUT LIBRARY INNOVATIONS: This season, inspired by the Urban Library Council's Annual Forum theme, Innovations, focuses on the 2019 Top Innovator and Honorable Mention award winners that were selected based on inventiveness of their library program or service, outcomes achieved and the accessibility for other libraries to adopt and adapt the innovation in their library. Tune in to hear firsthand how libraries are expanding the boundaries of what is possible for 21st-century library and their communities.

    20. AI & Economic Development: A Library Initiative

    20. AI & Economic Development: A Library Initiative

    Roanoke County Public Library responded to a cultural shift ushered in by the tech revolution and its implications. After recruiting Pepper®, a humanoid robot, the library has leveraged its deep roots in innovation, privacy, equity, and access. With this, they are able to become a leader in AI and workforce development, particularly for tech skills. The success of the program has attracted 350 people with 60 class offerings, which include topics like Photoshop, stop-action video, Python, Scratch, and Linux. Urban Libraries Council Innovation Winner | 2019 | Workforce and Economic Development | Top Innovator

    • 14 min
    19. Expand Library Capacity, Mobile Staffing Model: A Library Initiative

    19. Expand Library Capacity, Mobile Staffing Model: A Library Initiative

    Toledo Lucas County Public Library (TLCPL) seized the opportunity of the main library’s temporary closing to launch a new mobile team charged with expanding the library’s capacity to help customers advance their entrepreneurial skills. TLCPL created the Economic Success Team to go beyond the library doors and work throughout the community to offer more one-to-one assistance in less-reached populations. This mobile staffing model broke the mold of how the library served their community, provided colleagues with new skills untethered from their traditional service desk, and produced remarkable results – a 265% increase in one-to-one research and technical assistance and a 188% jump in contacts with aspiring and active entrepreneurs.
    Urban Libraries Council 2019 Innovation Winner • Workforce and Economic Development, Honorable Mention

    • 12 min
    18. Lending Virtual Meditation Classes: A Library Initiative

    18. Lending Virtual Meditation Classes: A Library Initiative

    Mindfulness is an important part of Santa Clara County Library District’s wellness initiative to help patrons reduce stress and live healthy lives. Making meditation simple and accessible to all is the goal of their partnership with Headspace, a service offering more than 1,000 hours of virtual meditation classes for all ages to help reduce stress, cope with pain and cravings and better manage anxiety. All 580 of the library’s Headspace seats are in use with a patron average of 3.6 uses per week.

    Urban Libraries Council 2019 Innovation Winners • Wellness, Safety and Sustainability, Top Innovator

    • 9 min
    17. Create Employment Opportunities: A Library Program

    17. Create Employment Opportunities: A Library Program

    The Cedar Rapids Public Library’s Downtown Ambassador Program grew out of public safety concerns in central gathering places following several violent confrontations. This collaborative community program worked together to find a way to ensure safe, friendly public spaces and create a more positive environment in the central downtown area. The ambassadors, who are currently or formerly homeless, work to encourage good behavior, provide information about local resources, and deescalate arguments.

    Urban Libraries Council 2019 Innovation Winners • Wellness, Safety and Sustainability, Honorable Mention

    • 15 min
    16. Challenge Women Innovators to Address #Tech Gaps: A Library Program

    16. Challenge Women Innovators to Address #Tech Gaps: A Library Program

    The Do Space Women Innovators Fellowship challenges fellows to develop new resources to promote the advancement of women in technology entrepreneurship in Omaha and, in the process, address the underrepresentation of women in tech jobs and business leadership. This six-month experience provides fellows with an expert female mentor, $10,000 stipend, and valuable community connections and resources to bring her big idea to life. Urban Libraries Council 2019 Innovation Winners • Race and Social Equity, Top Innovator

    • 9 min
    15. Cultivate Community Empathy: A Library Program

    15. Cultivate Community Empathy: A Library Program

    Richland Library’s My Life Experience Mobile Empathy Lab uses virtual reality technology to cultivate empathy in the community. The first-of-its-kind lab helps users “try on” someone’s life to create deeper community connections on challenging issues such as immigration, homelessness, living with impairments, and racism. More than 300 people have participated, and 80% of those surveyed believe they will feel or act differently as a result of the experience.
    Urban Libraries Council 2019 Innovation Winners • Race and Social Equity, Honorable Mention

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

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Interesting and informative

It’s refreshing to hear about programs that get communities out of the house and in to our libraries. Great questions by the hosts and very, very informative. Highly recommended!!

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