21st Century Skills
The global economy calls for new skills like critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation.
National 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.
Partnership: 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:
June 25, 2015 03:11 PM
Cecil County Public Library helped a U.S. Army Veteran who faced homeless, unemployment, and health challenges, gain computer literacy skills and apply for a job online.
June 22, 2015 01:47 PM
The amazing world of “making” took hold of the nation’s capital this month, and IMLS played an important role organizing key festivities.
June 19, 2015 08:41 AM
Michigan Makers, a service learning project of the University of Michigan School of Information, aims to focus on the participants’ development rather than the tools in the makerspace.
June 18, 2015 12:42 PM
The Tech Museum of Innovation strives to use technology to make their community a better place to live by getting patrons tinkering in their new makerspace and dancing in their Creative Collisions program.
June 17, 2015 09:07 AM
The Digital Librarian for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh traveled to Spain to share the 21st century skills that The Labs offer to teens.