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Advancing Leadership and Innovation in Public Libraries - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

WASHINGTON D.C. -- ICMA recently awarded nine Public Library Innovation Grants totaling $500,000. The grants, made possible by ICMA’s partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, support projects developed by local governments that utilize their public libraries in addressing local needs and providing new services with lasting benefits to their communities.

The ICMA Public Library Innovation Grant program leverages the potential of public libraries to deliver services in such nontraditional areas as technology, public safety, economic development, health, immigration, civic engagement, and sustainability. Recognizing the importance of the manager-librarian relationship to create and sustain change, the grants are anchored by a partnership between the office of the chief administrative officer (city, town, and county managers) and the public library.

To read the full press release, visit the ICMA web site.

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