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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:
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National Student Poets Amplify the Teen Voice for National Poetry Month

April 1, 2014 09:27 AM
Selected by a White House committee, student poetry ambassadors connect youth across the country to the dynamic art of literary self-expression Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: FY 14 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

March 31, 2014 08:39 AM
Grants will prepare librarians to serve tribal communities, immigrants, underserved youth and preschoolers, rare book researchers, and many others. Read More

 
Institute of Museum and Library Services to Hold Public Hearing

March 19, 2014 02:42 PM
The public hearing will be April 17, 2014, at the Martin Luther King Memorial Library in Washington, DC. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Children Who Visit Museums Have Higher Achievement in Reading, Math, and Science

April 21, 2014 03:59 PM
IMLS Senior Statistician Deanne W. Swan highlights findings that show the educational benefits of museum visits for kindergarten children. Read More

 
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Blog Post: NTIA Releases 3 Case Studies Examining Impact of Broadband Grants Program on Connecting Libraries

April 21, 2014 12:17 PM
Grants from the National Telecommunications & Information Administration to establish public computer centers with broadband in libraries are helping communities turn the corner on economic recovery. Read More

 
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Blog Post: A National Partnership Supporting Financial Literacy at the Library

April 16, 2014 10:19 AM
IMLS and other federal agencies and library organizations are partnering with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to help libraries connect their customers to financial information, resources, and community experts. 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: 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