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:
April 30, 2015 09:41 AM
President Obama announced two new efforts to strengthen student learning by improving access to digital content and to public libraries.
April 29, 2015 09:27 AM
Join the conversation about learning in libraries, both for library users and the profession as a whole, on Twitter with #IMLSFocus.
April 21, 2015 10:27 AM
IMLS congratulates the 2015 winners of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.
April 24, 2015 11:47 AM
Grant materials from the first IMLS awards addressing the national digital platform are now available.
April 16, 2015 03:36 PM
Ford’s Theatre launched the Remembering Lincoln digital collection to engage present-day Americans with stories of people who lived through President Lincoln’s assassination.
April 14, 2015 02:00 PM
On April 20, IMLS will host a Twitter chat about the national digital platform, the theme of the April 28 IMLS Focus Convening.
Learn how 24 cities and counties applied new research about young people’s media practices to create physical and digital spaces for learning. This publication describes lessons learned, new models and practices and the impact of Learning Labs, supported by IMLS and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
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.
A snapshot of how public libraries reach out to teens with programs and services.
Short overview of the impact of library services for adult literacy.
Quick summary of makerspaces -- hands-on, mentor-led learning environments to make and
remake the physical and digital worlds -- in museums and libraries.
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.