2016 Innovations Initiative Categories

The Innovations Initiative divides library members' innovations into ten categories that demonstrate the value and impact of public library service in the 21st century. Read the descriptions below:

Learning: Birth thru Teens
Innovations in child/parent/family learning; sensory and early childhood literacies; STEM/STEAM; summer learning; learning labs; maker spaces; partnerships for children’s education.

Learning: Adults
Innovations in reading and all literacies; GED/high school diploma; ESL, cultural enrichment; partnerships for adult education.

Innovations in the curation and/or creation of print and digital content; approaches for measuring use of collections.

Customer Experience
Innovations in reaching new users; enhancing the customer experience. New approaches to organizing the library’s staff and/or space to better meet user needs.

Positioning the Library
Innovations in sharing the library’s value including communications and marketing strategies; partnerships that enhance awareness of the library’s role in the community’s strategic priorities.

Workforce and Economic Development
Innovations that increase individual work/job skills; digital training. Innovations that support entrepreneur and small business development through resources, programs, services co-working space.

Race and Social Equity
Innovations in promoting social and racial equity within the community; ensuring equal access, equitable opportunities, treatment, impacts and outcomes for all.

Civic and Community Engagement
Innovations that support civic engagement and a strong democracy.

Health, Safety, and Sustainability
Innovations for advancing community health priorities; addressing access to health care and promoting critical health outcomes, participating in community public safety and local sustainability goals.

Organizational Change and Strategic Management
Innovations in the library organization and staff; qualitative and quantitative approaches to measure impact and outcomes.

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