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21st Century Skills

The global economy calls for new skills like critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation.

Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century SkillsNational Initiative: Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century Skills
The Institute's Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century Skills initiative underscores the critical role our nation’s museums and libraries play in helping citizens build such 21st century skills as information, communications and technology literacy, critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, civic literacy, and global awareness.

Stem Video Game Challenge logoPartnership: STEM Video Game Challenge
IMLS is a National Community Sponsor of the National STEM Video Game Challenge. The Challenge, now in its third year, was inspired by President Obama’s "Educate to Innovate" Campaign, promoting science, technology, engineering and math education.

Search the Awarded Grants database for grants to programs that strengthen 21st century skills (issue areas have only been assigned to grants awarded since FY 2009)

21st century skills content on the IMLS Web site:
Notice of Funding Opportunity: FY2015 National Leadership Grants for Libraries

August 13, 2014 03:35 PM
IMLS seeks proposals that address new strategic priorities identified in nationally-webcast IMLS Focus meetings. Learn more at our webinars on August 20, at 3:00 PM ET, and (repeated) on September 16, at 3:00 PM ET. Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: IMLS Provides $241,500 in Grants for the Pacific Territories and Freely Associated States

August 6, 2014 08:44 AM
IMLS announced grants that will help expand digital services and connectivity, digital literacy, professional development, and support summer reading, bookmobiles, collections, and more. Read More

 
Webinar for Libraries and Museums on Integrating Early Learning Activities with State Systems

July 28, 2014 01:55 PM
The August 4th webinar will provide an overview of the state systems of early learning and describe how museums and libraries can align their early learning activities with these systems. Read More

 
Call for Applications: FY 2015 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

July 15, 2014 09:01 AM
IMLS is accepting applications for the Laura Bush 21st Century Library Program through September 15, 2014. Read More

 
IMLS Announces New Awards to Strengthen Early Learning Activities at Libraries and Museums

July 11, 2014 11:15 AM
Three awards, totaling $771,854, will help involve libraries and museums in state-level and systems-level early learning strategies. Read More

 
IMLS Announces Grants of $2 Million for U.S. Museums

July 10, 2014 08:58 AM
IMLS announces 37 museum grants awarded through three programs: African American History and Culture, Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums, and Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services. Read More

 
Financial Education Webinar for Librarians

July 7, 2014 03:02 PM
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau presents a webinar July 10 about resources to help library customers make more informed decisions about money. Read More

 
Museums and Libraries in the Middle of the Maker Movement

June 18, 2014 10:46 AM
As part of the first White House Maker Faire, IMLS announces support for making across the nation’s community centers of learning. Read More

 
IMLS at the American Library Association Conference in Las Vegas

June 11, 2014 09:57 AM
Visit IMLS at Booth #1534 to meet with IMLS staff and learn more about our funded projects Read More

 
Third Library Stakeholder Meeting Set for June 5 at Chicago Public Library

May 22, 2014 02:07 PM
Participate in the discussion on STEM learning in libraries through Twitter using the hashtag #imlsfocus. Read More

 
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ACM, IMLS Announce Children’s Museum Access Program for Low-Income Families

May 15, 2014 11:19 AM
The Museums for All initiative aims to make the high-quality learning experiences of children’s museums more accessible to low-income families. Read More

 
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IMLS and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh to Partner on Makerspaces Project

May 8, 2014 01:51 PM
With IMLS support, the museum and its partners will develop a suite of maker tools and resources for libraries and museums. Read More

 
IMLS Hosts Library Stakeholder Meeting May 15 at San Francisco Public Library

May 6, 2014 03:13 PM
Watch the webcast of the library learning spaces discussion and join in on Twitter: #imlsfocus. Read More

 
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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

 
IMLS to Host Meetings with Library Stakeholders to Inform Future Grant Directions

March 19, 2014 12:37 PM
IMLS will host the first in a series of meetings about future funding strategies at the New York Public Library on April 29. Read More

 
IMLS Announces Library Grants for Continuing Education, the Future of Libraries, and Digital Youth

March 13, 2014 09:51 AM
IMLS announced today grants totaling $328,659 for projects of the American Library Association (ALA), the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, Inc. (COSLA), and the University of Washington. Read More

 
IMLS Grant to Support Development of Library Digital Badging System

March 12, 2014 10:19 AM
IMLS is awarding a $250,000 grant to the Brooklyn Public Library and its partner BiblioCommons for the creation and piloting of an online badging system for libraries. Read More

 
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Institute of Museum and Library Services Announces 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service Finalists

March 3, 2014 09:00 AM
Thirty institutions from across the country are finalists for the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Read More

 
Workshop Invitation for American Indian Libraries

February 20, 2014 12:33 PM
IMLS, Department of the Interior, and the Federal Library Information Network (FEDLINK) present a day of Making Connections. Read More

 
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Institute of Museum and Library Services Announces 20th Anniversary of National Medal Program

February 19, 2014 09:37 AM
IMLS celebrates 20 years of the award that has recognized 132 outstanding museums and libraries. Read More

 
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Dartmouth College’s Mary Flanagan and Collections Trust’s Nick Poole To Keynote WebWise 2014

November 27, 2013 10:37 AM
Registration is now open for the Institute of Museum and Library Services’s 2014 WebWise conference, which will take place February 10-12 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace in Baltimore, MD Read More

 
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IMLS Provides $4.3 Million for Early Learning Projects

October 29, 2013 11:03 AM
Museums and Libraries will address school readiness and summer reading loss with grants from IMLS. Read More

 
IMLS Provides $487,158 in Grants for Pacific Territories, Freely Associated States, and Hawaii

September 26, 2013 02:14 PM
IMLS provides support for Pacific Territories, Freely Associated States, and U.S. Virgin Islands through a competitive process. Grants to the region include funding for a project in Honolulu, Hawaii. Read More

 
More than $14.6 Million in Federal Grants Awarded to U.S. Libraries

September 26, 2013 08:13 AM
IMLS announced grants for 63 library projects across the nation through three grant programs, Native American Library Services Enhancement program, the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, and the National Leadership Grants for Libraries . Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: 2013 Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

August 27, 2013 08:20 AM
IMLS grants of $899,616 will be awarded for 21 projects that help protect and preserve the cultural heritage of Native Americans and Native Hawaiian through a variety of museum activities. Read More