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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:
Photograph of the Phoenix Steam Fire Engine No. # in 1885.
Blog Post: Remembering Lincoln: Personal Stories about the Lincoln Assassination

April 16, 2015 03:36 PM
Ford’s Theatre launched the Remembering Lincoln digital collection to engage present-day Americans with stories of people who lived through President Lincoln’s assassination. Read More

 
Blog Post: You’re Invited! IMLS Focus National Digital Platform Twitter Chat

April 14, 2015 02:00 PM
On April 20, IMLS will host a Twitter chat about the national digital platform, the theme of the April 28 IMLS Focus Convening. Read More

 
A man uses an iPad in an art gallery
Blog Post: Museum, Library Investments in Digital are Paying Off

April 13, 2015 03:34 PM
A new report highlights examples and lessons learned from cultural institutions that are embracing digital media in their work. Read More

 
CFTC SmartCheck logo
Blog Post: Be Smart: Check the Background of Your Financial Professional During CFTC’s SmartCheck Week

April 6, 2015 03:58 PM
During SmartCheck Week, April 6-12, 2015, you and your library customers can use the tools at SmartCheck.gov to check the background of financial professionals. Read More

 
Cole's Garden Annual. 1892. From the BHL Seed and Nursery Catalog Collection.
Blog Post: What's Up with Seed Catalogs in BHL?

March 30, 2015 03:41 PM
Many Biodiversity Heritage Library partners are engaged in a variety of projects to digitize and improve access to the seed and nursery catalogs and lists in their collections. Read More