The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has received an extension of its partnership with the Nebraska Library Commission to help communities across the state reimagine their libraries.
Nebraska Extension recently received a $282,568 grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, passed through the library commission, to continue a program providing portable makerspaces to rural public libraries.
Nebraska Innovation Studios provides support to the program, which offers high-tech electronic and computerized tools and equipment to libraries for up to five months for use by patrons.
Principal investigator Michelle Krehbiel said the grant would allow the makerspace program to continue until June 30 and enable about 10 additional libraries to participate. So far, more than 30 communities — including Hastings, Nebraska City, Grant and…