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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.

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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:
IMLS Announces Grants of $2.4 Million for U.S. Museums

July 17, 2015 10:04 AM
Forty-four grants to 21 states will strengthen museum operations and support the stewardship of our nation’s cultural heritage. Read More

 
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National STEM Video Game Challenge Announces Winners of Fourth Annual Competition

July 2, 2015 09:24 AM
The winners of the 2014 STEM Video Game Challenge were recognized at a gaming celebration on June 27 in Pittsburgh at WQED. Read More

 
USCIS Webinar on Enhancing Services for Adult Immigrant Learners

May 21, 2015 02:35 PM
We invite you to learn more about resources available to immigrant-serving organizations and adult education programs. Read More

 
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First Lady Michelle Obama Presents National Medal to Exceptional Museums and Libraries at White House Ceremony

May 18, 2015 03:18 PM
The First Lady presented the awards to the museum and library directors and to community members from each institution, who shared how the library or museum has impacted their lives. Read More

 
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IMLS Hosts the First Capitol Hill Maker Faire June 11

May 12, 2015 04:06 PM
The Capitol Hill Maker Faire kicks off a city-wide celebration of Making. Read More

 
Help Your Community Reap the Advantages of Broadband Adoption and Digital Literacy

May 7, 2015 12:35 PM
IMLS encourages libraries, archives, and museums to share their thoughts on how the federal government can expand and promote broadband adoption and digital inclusion. Read More

 
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President Obama Announces Open eBooks and ConnectED Library Challenge

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. Read More

 
IMLS Hosts Learning in Libraries Convening May 14 in Kansas City, MO

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. Read More

 
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Recipients of Nation’s Highest Museum and Library Honor Announced

April 21, 2015 10:27 AM
IMLS congratulates the 2015 winners of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Read More

 
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Thirty Museums and Libraries Tapped as Finalists for National Medal

February 24, 2015 09:28 AM
For 21 years, the National Medal for Museum and Library Service has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service to make a difference for individuals, families, and communities. Read More

 
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STEM-Rich Afterschool Making Project of IMLS and Exploratorium is Part of Interagency Learning Collaboration for Underserved Students

February 3, 2015 12:01 PM
The project will use STEM-focused content, instructional strategies, and training approaches developed by science museums to help 21st Century Community Learning Centers offer making activities. Read More

 
Grant Will Connect Early Learning Services of Museums and Libraries with Medical Community

January 8, 2015 01:43 PM
Reach Out and Read’s New Project is a "Prescription for Success." Read More

 
Application Period Opens for 2015 National Digital Stewardship Residency Program

December 18, 2014 09:53 AM
IMLS and the Library of Congress call for applicants and announce the 2015 host institutions and projects. The application deadline is January 30. Read More

 
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Libraries and Museums Kick Off STEM Video Game Challenge Workshops

December 11, 2014 01:31 PM
Museum and libraries across the country are stepping up to the Challenge by hosting workshops for youth and staff on game design. Check out the list of workshops and other resources your institution can use to get involved. Read More

 
IMLS and Department of Education’s OCTAE Present Digital Strategy Webinar for Librarians

December 9, 2014 09:08 AM
The December 18 webinar will cover national initiatives, resources, and tools that public and school librarians can use to enhance their digital literacy programming and services. Read More

 
Notice of Funding Opportunity: FY 2015 Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries

December 2, 2014 02:51 PM
IMLS is accepting applications for Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries until the February 2 deadline. Read More

 
Notice of Funding Opportunity: Second Round of Funding for FY 2015 National Leadership Grants for Libraries

December 2, 2014 02:47 PM
Participate in a webinar to learn more, and submit your preliminary proposal by the February 2 deadline. Read More

 
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Learning Lab Publication Describes Transformative Spaces for Teens

November 20, 2014 10:19 AM
Learning Labs are creative spaces in libraries and museums that engage teens and tweens 21st century learning. Read More

 
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

 
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