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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:
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

 
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Blog Post: IMLS and Open Government Initiatives

February 19, 2015 11:25 AM
The principles of open government are critical to the mission of IMLS. Today’s launch of data.imls.gov will help unlock the power of government data to spur research and innovation. Read More

 
Susan Hildreth
Blog Post: A Message of Farewell

January 15, 2015 03:53 PM
During my four years leading IMLS, we helped shaped a future course for the nation’s libraries and museums through our investments, partnerships, and leadership initiatives. Read More

 
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Blog Post: 2014 Meteorology Makers’ Club Fair

January 8, 2015 08:38 AM
After three months of learning, making, and tinkering, nineteen middle school students from the Meteorology Makers’ Club in Norman, OK, proudly displayed their creations. Read More