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  What Are 21st Century Skills?
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Why are 21st century skills important to libraries and museums?

Combining strengths in traditional and digital learning, libraries and museums are well-positioned to build the skills Americans need in the 21st century. Find out how your institution can get started.

How can libraries and museums help create a network of community organizations that together address the 21st century learning needs of their citizens?

Libraries and museums are strong community anchors that, together with formal education and other community organizations, create a network of learning within a community. Find out how you can host a community workshop to raise awareness about 21st century skills.

Want to see 21st century skills in action?

At IMLS we have gathered success stories that demonstrate how libraries and museums are transforming their institutions and making a difference in their communities. Hear firsthand stories of success.

What's New with IMLS and 21st Century Skills:
New IMLS Funding to Support the Digital Public Library of America

September 30, 2014 11:26 AM
An IMLS grant will help the Digital Public Library of America expand its infrastructure to make more digital collections available to all. Read More

 
Federal Grants of $30 Million Awarded to Support Museums across the U.S.

September 18, 2014 08:28 AM
Today IMLS announces recipients of the Museums for America and National Leadership Grants for Museums programs. Grants awarded in 2014 inspire museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Read More

 
IMLS Awards $3.9 Million for Library Service to Native Americans and Native Hawaiians

September 11, 2014 10:32 AM
IMLS grants support basic library services, 21st century skills training and cultural projects and initiatives. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Interview: Kansas State Library

October 23, 2014 02:43 PM
Kansas State Library is focusing on digital literacy and workforce development to reduce poverty and help their residents succeed as lifelong learners. Read More

 
Blog Post: Apply for a Free 3D Printer From 3D Systems!

October 3, 2014 03:05 PM
Museums and libraries that join the MakerLab Club and offer 3D printing and design programs may apply. Read More

 
Blog Post: The POWRR of Digital Preservation

October 3, 2014 10:37 AM
A new IMLS project will identify digital preservation solutions for institutions with fewer resources. Read More

 
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Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century Skills Report


This report outlines a vision for the role of libraries and museums in the national dialogue around learning and 21st century skills and includes case studies of innovative audience engagement and 21st century skills practices from across the country. Read More

 
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Talking Points: From Third Place to Makerspace: Public Libraries and Teens


A snapshot of how public libraries reach out to teens with programs and services. Read More

 
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Talking Points: Adults Gain Skills at the Library


Short overview of the impact of library services for adult literacy. Read More

 
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Talking Points: Museums, Libraries, and Makerspaces


Quick summary of makerspaces -- hands-on, mentor-led learning environments to make and remake the physical and digital worlds -- in museums and libraries. Read More

 
21st Century Skills podcast

August 11, 2010 03:54 PM
In this podcast, Acting Director Marsha L. Semmel explains: 1) What are 21st century skills? 2) Where did the 21st century skills movement come from? 3) Where do museums and libraries fit in the 21st century skills movement? Semmel also describes Making the Learning Connection, IMLS’s national campaign to better understand the opportunities, challenges, and key issues facing today’s museums and libraries in their efforts to meet their communities’ 21st century learning needs. The campaign includes an eight-city workshop tour, a national contest, new online tools and resources, and a series of interactive webinars. Read More