2017 Innovations Initiative Categories

The Innovations Initiative divides library members’ innovations into 10 categories that demonstrate the value and impact of public library service in the 21st century. Read the descriptions below:

The Innovations Submission site is closed. 

  • 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.

  • 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; organizing and contributing to discussions and programs that address topics such as civil society, inclusion and tolerance and tenets of democracy.

  • Positioning the Library
    Innovations in sharing the library’s value including communications and marketing strategies; social media campaigns, partnerships that enhance awareness of the library’s role in the community’s strategic priorities, and public affairs campaigns.

  • 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 and community partnerships.

  • 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.

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

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

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