EXCITE Transforming Public Libraries cohort 2 team Announcement

Hartford, CT– The Connecticut State Library in partnership with Innovation Builders, is very EXCITED to announce the library teams selected to participate in Cohort 2 of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant project “EXCITE Transformation for Libraries”. The EXCITE Project Team received many creative application videos.  While it was a challenge to whittle the submissions down to six teams, we are pleased with the diverse representation of libraries that will be embarking on the EXCITE experience in September, 2018 at the Cranston Public Library in Cranston, Rhode Island.

Cohort 2 Teams:

Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD

Bryant University Library, Smithfield, RI

Cranston Public Library, Cranston, RI

East Hartford Public Library, East Hartford, CT

UMASS Medical School Library, Worcester, MA

Westerly Public Library, Westerly, RI

Congratulations to all of our teams, we look forward to working with them over the next year.


Dawn La Valle, Director, Division of Library Development, Connecticut State Library said, “EXCITE Transformation for Libraries is a unique, intensive team-based experiential learning program that teaches collaboration and innovation skills, resulting in programs and services that respond to community input and demonstrated needs, lead to cultural change at libraries, and sustain project impact through extended training. This IMLS grant funded project was developed in response to ALA’s Libraries Transform campaign, recognizing that librarians require non-traditional skills sets to lead innovation at their libraries. For more information: https://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/.”

The EXCITE project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.