Lehman Librarian Jennifer Poggiali Wins IMLS Sparks! Ignition Grant

July 18, 2013 | News

Kenneth Schlesinger, Chief Librarian at Lehman College, announced today that Jennifer Poggiali, the college’s instructional technologies librarian, and Michael Ferraro, associate professor of art at Lehman College, have been awarded a $25,000 IMLS Sparks! Ignition Grant for Libraries for their animated information literacy advocate project.

They will collaboratively design an animated character, Jasmyn, who will provide information literacy instruction with her characteristically appealing Bronx attitude.

Jennifer and Michael collaborated previously on creating the web comic, The Researchers, drawn by Lehman art student Melissa Puma, which facilitated Jasmyn’s artistic and literary debut:

Lehman College pledges to share the results of their work with other CUNY Libraries.
Congratulations, Jennifer and Michael!

The Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries are a special funding opportunity within the IMLS National Leadership Grants for Libraries program. These small grants encourage libraries and archives to test and evaluate specific innovations in the ways they operate and the services they provide. Sparks Grants support the deployment, testing, and evaluation of promising and groundbreaking new tools, products, services, or organizational practices. You may propose activities or approaches that involve risk, as long as the risk is balanced by significant potential for improvement in the ways libraries and museums serve their communities.