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Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century Skills Report

cover of Museums, Libraries and 21st Century SkillsThis 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

Self-Assessment Tool

image of Self-Assessment ToolThe Self-Assessment Tool allows museums and libraries to determine where they fit on the continuum of 21st century skills operations and programming. Download tool (PDF, 363KB)


screenshot of 21st Century Skills presentationDownload a presentation about Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century skills (updated June 2012). 

Formats: PDF (1.1MB)PPTX (2.2MB)


On September 29, 2010, IMLS held a webinar to introduce museum professionals to its Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century Skills report and the accompanying self assessment tool.

Watch the Webinar on the IMLS YouTube Channel
Read Transcript (PDF, 73 KB)

Speakers included:

  • Mary Chute, IMLS Deputy Director for Libraries
  • Mary Boone, North Carolina State Librarian
  • Jeffrey Patchen, President and CEO of the Indianapolis Children’s Museum
  • Luis Herrera, San Francisco City Librarian

Webinar participants received:

  • Guidance for how to use the IMLS Museums, Libraries and 21st Century Skills Report and Self-Assessment Tool
  • Best practices and approaches to enhancing 21st century skills of audiences and stakeholders
  • Details for specific grant opportunities