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EXCITE Transformation for Libraries: All-Star Teams

All-Star Team Dates

Application Deadline:
February 1, 2020

Half-Day Video Kick-off:
Requires full team participation.
March 3, 2020, either 10:00-1:00 EST or 2:00-5:00 EST

Finish development of program, secure support from Community Partners and Stakeholders,develop budget and implementation plan, final Feedback Session with Feedback Partners, refine pitch
March 4 - April 14, 2020

Extra Help Day:
March 18, 2020, by appointment with Jeanine

Team Coaching
One three-hour session per team, scheduled April 15-17, 2020, either 10:00-1:00 EST or 2:00-5:00 EST

Final Coaching
May 8, 2020, either 10:00-1:00 EST or 2:00-5:00 EST

Pitch Session in Middletown, CT: 
In person at Middletown Library Service Center, 786 South Main Street, Middletown, CT 06457
May 19-21, 2020

Project implementation at home libraries:
June - November 2020

Final reports due February 28, 2021.

Fees and Scholarships

Fees: There are NO TUITION FEES for All-Star Teams. Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and costs. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Scholarships: If accepted as an All-Star, a library team will receive up to $2,000 to be used towards travel, lodging, and staff coverage.

Thank you, IMLS!

Institute of Museum and Library Services

This project was made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, grant # RE-95-17-0068-17, in the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.

All-Star Teams!

We will invite all libraries that participated in the EXCITE project, including the pilot, Cohorts 1 and 2, and any of the Bootcamps, to nominate their teams for an additional opportunity to compete for project funding in Connecticut. Six All-Star Teams will be chosen, based on the teams' demonstrated motivation and collaboration. Instructor Jeanine Esposito will conduct coaching sessions with the entire group leading up to the final pitch event.

To help All-Star Teams participate in the pitch session, CSL will offer non-competitive grants of up to $2,000 per team to offset costs for travel, lodging, and staff coverage while participants are away.

Pitch Session

The All-Star Teams will come together for three days from May 19-21, 2020, in Middletown, CT, to finalize their program details and implementation plans through feedback from Innovation Builders and other participants. The teams will pitch their projects to a funding panel featuring entrepreneurs, marketing experts, and librarians. The panel will award seed grants of up to $5,000 to be spent on program supplies, contractors, staff, and other project expenses.

Project Implementation:

After receiving their seed funding, each All-Star Team will have six months from June to November 2020 to enact their new program/service and three months to report on it, with final reports due on February 28, 2021. During this period, Innovation Builders will provide coaching calls as teams carry out the programs they developed, ensuring greater chances of success.

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