OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Today, Governor Ricketts and the Nebraska Library Commission name nine libraries as Library Innovation Studios.
Libraries selected will feature rotating technology installations and join a number of previously established Library Innovation Studios.
The project hopes to give people in rural areas access to technology that they might not have access to otherwise
According to the project's webpage, it intends to accomplish the following:
- Establish local Community Action Teams in thirty rural and small communities (communities with a population less than 25,000);
- Purchase equipment and related materials for four rotating Innovation Studios that will be hosted by libraries for approximately 20 weeks each;
- Develop instructional materials and user equipment certification processes;
- Employ sustainability strategies for permanent studios;
- Provide training on the use of the equipment, focusing on Train-the-Trainer strategies;
- Assist with local marketing efforts and programming/events, including open houses and maker showcases; and
- Host annual inventors’ showcases in Lincoln.