About BKLYN Incubator

In 2015, Brooklyn Public Library launched BKLYN Incubator as a multifaceted innovation program that supports new programs by providing professional development, mentorship, and resources. The purpose of BKLYN Incubator is to build our public programs and services from the ground up and support ideas that are responsive to our branches' unique community needs and interests.

This toolkit offers resources for other libraries or service-based, civic organizations interested in building an innovation program by empowering their front-line staff.

Program Overview

BKLYN Incubator is an ongoing initiative at Brooklyn Public Library. As we continue to explore its potential, acquire or build new resources, and recognize new opportunities for professional development, we intend to share that information here. Below are links to various iterations of our process that we hope will inspire others to take on similar endeavors and benefit from the lessons we've learned. For more information, reach out to Brynna Tucker, BKLYN Incubator Manager at btucker@bklynlibrary.org.

BKLYN Incubator White Paper

  • This White Paper outlines defines the problem, offers a high level solution, and gives and in depth look at the BKLYN Incubator Process.  It also offers a look at the lessons learned to help others build from what we discovered along the way. 

BKLYN Incubator Guidelines

  • This one-sheet explains the guidelines we used to introduce our staff to the basic requirements of BKLYN Incubator.

ALA Conference Presentation from Round One

  • This presentation, From the Ground Up: Community-Based Project Competition for Staff at All Levels, was delivered at the American Library Association (ALA) in June 2016.



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