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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:
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Blog Post: A National Partnership Supporting Financial Literacy at the Library

April 16, 2014 10:19 AM
IMLS and other federal agencies and library organizations are partnering with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to help libraries connect their customers to financial information, resources, and community experts. Read More

 
Maggie discovers 3D printing at the Chattanooga Public Library.
Blog Post: What Good is a Gig?

April 8, 2014 01:08 PM
Partially funded by IMLS, the Inclusive Gigabit Libraries project shares case studies on libraries that are getting gigabit-speed internet connections. Read More

 
Blog Post: Digital Badging: An Opportunity for Libraries and Museums

March 19, 2014 03:56 PM
Director Hildreth asks: Are badges in your future? Read More

 
Videoconferencing in the craig public library
Blog Post: NTIA Brings Broadband Opportunities to Alaska

March 14, 2014 01:05 PM
The Alaska State Library worked with the National Telecommunications & Information Administration to establish public computer centers at 97 public libraries across the state, and provide online technology training. Read More

 
Blog Post: Libraries Helping Communities Imagine the Possible

March 7, 2014 03:41 PM
Senior Library Program Officer Mary Alice Ball recaps recent events that covered the impact of geo-mapping, crowdsourcing, and the E-rate. Read More