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ALA Gets $2 Million for Library Entrepreneurship Initiatives

Google.org has given ALA a $2 million grant “to develop library entrepreneurship centers and enable libraries across the country to double down on their support for people looking to start a new business.” ALA will use the funds to support 10 libraries in increasing the number of low-income and underrepresented business creators they serve. “Participating libraries will work to establish new partnerships with community-based organizations and further develop innovative models to bring their library’s resources out in the community.”

The grant will also go toward the development of a playbook “accessible to all libraries on what makes a successful library entrepreneurship program. The playbook will contain a set of recommendations to better serve entrepreneurs from diverse communities and common metrics to evaluate success. ALA also plans to build a peer-learning network for librarians interested in developing entrepreneurship programs of their own.” 

For more information, read the press release.



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