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Cultivating Global Library Leadership

February 2015

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation decided to exit the field of global library leadership, but wanted to leave the sector strong. It hired Arabella to research library leadership training programs around the world to provide the training providers, participants, supporters, and other stakeholders with a comprehensive assessment of the field. Cultivating Global Library Leadership highlights 30 leadership programs, describes key trends and resources in the field, and provides recommendations for improving the library leadership training field.

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Beyond Grant Making: Amplifying Philanthropy’s Impact in 2015 and Beyond

February 2015

Philanthropy is in a period of profound transition and innovation, with funders increasingly going beyond grant making to drive change. This shift has the potential to transform the field and every issue it touches. Recently, Arabella produced the following series of articles examining the move beyond grant making.

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Building Global Library Leaders: An Evaluation of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs

November 2014

The Mortenson Center for International Library Programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign runs training programs to strengthen the leadership and librarianship of librarians from around the world and to enable them to improve their libraries and communities. Arabella Advisors assessed the impact of the Center’s annual Associates programs and of its country- or region-specific programs. Its programs help librarians build their communications, leadership, and librarianship through trainings and library site tours.

Link to the Mortensen Center for International Library Programs’¬†website

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Measuring the Global Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement

September 2014

The global movement to divest from fossil fuels has mobilized billions of dollars in capital and engaged a broad segment of society to accelerate the just transition to a clean-energy economy. This report details the scope and scale of fossil fuel divestment commitments made to date.

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Lessons for Media Innovators

August 2014

The Knight News Challenge is an open contest designed to accelerate innovation in the ways that we create, consume, and share news and information. Recently, Arabella Advisors prepared a report on behalf of the Knight Foundation that tracks the progress of the 2010-2011 Knight News Challenge winners and offers insight into what makes media innovations successful. The report outlines eight key lessons for funders and innovators alike about how to develop successful news and information projects, and it provides guidance for any funder who seeks to nurture innovation.

Link to the Knight News Challenge website

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