The Office of Library and Information Services is one of six state library agencies piloting the IMLS grant funded initiative Building Equity-Based Summers Through Libraries & Communities (BEBS). Led by the California Library Association (CLA), this project will build on the work of CLA and the California State Library (CSL) in developing a shared equity language and a set of tools and resources for library staff to use to build community-centered equitable summer services for youth, families, and communities.
As part of this work, OLIS and participating state library agencies are:
The application for the second BEBS cohort will open August 28, 2023 and a virtual information session will be held September 6 at 1pm.
Those selected to participate in the BEBS working group will take part in a series of eight, 1.5 hour virtual sessions on the following dates (times to be determined):
Sessions will cover topics such as:
Following the learning sessions, participants will be able to begin the design of equity-based summer services. They will also be able to articulate the impact these services have on the community, specifically community members who are a part of systematically marginalized communities.
For any questions related to the BEBS initiative or this application please contact Danielle Margarida@olis.ri.gov. Applications must be submitted no later than September 22.