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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:
IMLS Focus Dir Message 2015
Blog Post: Training our Focus

March 18, 2015 02:37 PM
We will host a new round of IMLS Focus convenings this spring and a new IMLS annual conference, November 16-17, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Read More

 
Delaware Art Museum by flickr user Jeffrey.
Blog Post: Taking Note: More Resources for Arts Data-Miners

March 11, 2015 03:11 PM
Federal agencies, like the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Arts, are making cultural heritage data readily available as a part of open data and open government initiatives. Read More

 
Participants in the IMLS board room during the Open Data Open House
Blog Post: Continuing the Library and Museum Open Data Conversation

March 10, 2015 03:21 PM
In what we called an Open Data Open House, a cohort of data wonks, librarians, curators, researchers and developers shared ideas on the new IMLS data catalog and ways to use this data. Read More

 
people in a conference room with their computers participating in the linked data conference.
Blog Post: Fitting the Pieces Together: Progress On Linked Data For Libraries

March 4, 2015 03:25 PM
A two-day workshop showcased examples of how libraries are using linked data and how it might aid patrons in the use of their libraries. Read More

 
Susan Crawford interviewing Tim Berners Lee
Blog Post: #NetGain: #NetGain: The Role of Libraries on the Web as a Public Good

March 2, 2015 10:42 AM
At the kick-off event for the NetGain Challenge, created to ensure that the web of the future is one that supports a broad public good, discussion often focused on the key central, civic, and social role of libraries. Read More