Wednesday, February 11, 2015

2015 ALA Leadership Institute and Knight Prototype Grant

Here are two grant opportunities for libraries and librarians:

Knight Foundation logo
Official Knight Foundation logo.
Knight Prototype Fund
The Knight Foundation is offering grants of $35,000 to help media makers, technologists, and tinkerers take ideas from concept to demo. From the Knight Foundation's web page:
Innovators are given six months to research, test assumptions, and iterate before building out an entire project. The program recognizes that with the cost of experimentation dropping, innovators should have the opportunity to test their greatest ideas and explore many options before choosing a final path. 
 The Knight Foundation are interested in any new models or technology to inform communities. Applications are accepted on a quarterly basis.

The deadline for applications is February 16, 2015.

Those that want to apply should fill out the application form.

Here is the Knight Prototype FAQ.

2015 ALA Leadership Institute
The American Library Association (ALA) opened applications for the 2015 "Leading to the Future" ALA Leadership Institute. As stated on the press releases:
The institute helps future library leaders develop and practice their leadership skills in areas critical to the future of the libraries they lead. Through reflective and active learning, it offers participants an opportunity to delve into leadership practices, concepts, and frameworks and to shape their own sustainable leadership vision and ethos, at the same time building a learning community and network. With content based on real-world cases and nuanced situations, participants explore topics related to the greatest challenges and possibilities of leading into a future marked by turbulence and ambiguity.
The Institute is held at the Eaglewood Resort, Itasca, Illinois on August 9-13, 2015. Applications are now open and accepted through April 8, 2015.

More information on the 2015 ALA Leadership Institute is available in their press release.

Written by:
Ryan Claringbole, Public Library Development Team