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Civic/Community Engagement

Libraries and museums build the civic strength of their communities and providing opportunities for public engagement.

Search the Awarded Grants database for grants to programs that strengthen civic/community engagement (issue areas have only been assigned to grants awarded since FY 2009)

National Initiative: National Medal for Museum and Library Services
The National Medal honors outstanding institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Selected institutions demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach.

Partnership:
StoryCorps
Each year, select museums and libraries receive the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for these institutions. Beginning with the 2009 winners,  personal stories demonstrating the ongoing impact of these award-winning institutions are being documented through a cooperative agreement between IMLS and StoryCorps.

Civic/community engagement content on the IMLS Web site:
Federal Grants of $30 Million Awarded to Support Museums across the U.S.

September 18, 2014 08:28 AM
Today IMLS announces recipients of the Museums for America and National Leadership Grants for Museums programs. Grants awarded in 2014 inspire museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Read More

 
USCIS Webinar on ELIS, the Electronic Immigration System, for Public Librarians

September 16, 2014 11:33 AM
The September 29 webinar will help librarians understand how the ELIS system works and what’s in store as USCIS transitions to a fully electronic application process. Read More

 
IMLS Awards $3.9 Million for Library Service to Native Americans and Native Hawaiians

September 11, 2014 10:32 AM
IMLS grants support basic library services, 21st century skills training and cultural projects and initiatives. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Immigrant and Refugee Youth Use Technology to Help their Families and Neighbors

September 11, 2014 10:54 AM
InfoMe finds that youth express both satisfaction and stress as they use their tech skills as lifelines for others. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Getting in Tune with Nutrition and Physical Activity

September 9, 2014 12:57 PM
Join Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens, Let’s Move! Childcare, and Let’s Move! Faith and communities as we partner with the Children’s Museum of Manhattan for a webinar focusing on the EatPlayGrow™ curriculum. Read More

 
Blog: Omeka Developer Connects Museum Data to Wikipedia with Surprising Results

August 29, 2014 12:26 PM
Omeka Development Team Manager Patrick Murray-John Used IMLS’s Museum Universe Data File to create US Museums Explorer Read More

 
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A Day of White House Accolades for 2014 National Medal Recipients


The White House brought national attention to the outstanding work of the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service recipients. Institutional leaders and board members participated in the ceremony, which also featured community members whose stories illustrated the profound impact of the institutions in their lives. Read More

 
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Tackling Money Matters at New York Public Library


The New York Public Library (NYPL) introduced Money Matters, a project to educate library staff on the core concepts of personal finance and related reference sources. The program also made the staff more open to the idea of hosting presentations by experts who provided personal finance training that was needed most by their neighborhood communities. NYPL also made the project training materials freely available. Read More

 
When Tradition Met Technology: The Chilkat Valley Fingerprints Project
When Tradition Met Technology: The Chilkat Valley Fingerprints Project


The Haines Borough Public Library and the Chilkoot Indian Association worked together on a project to share Native cultural knowledge and to offer basic literacy and technology programs to help the members of their rural, isolated community. The results: new energy and programs that empower residents with a solid foundation of traditional life skills to weather hard times, technical literacy for twenty-first century success, and mutual understanding and respect. Read More

 
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2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service brochure


The National Medal is an annual award made to museums and libraries that have demonstrated a long-term commitment to public service through innovative programs and community partnerships. Read More

 
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2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service brochure


The National Medal is an annual award made to museums and libraries that have demonstrated a long-term commitment to public service through innovative programs and community partnerships. Read More

 
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2012 National Medal for Museum and Library Service brochure


The National Medal is an annual award made to museums and libraries that have demonstrated a long-term commitment to public service through innovative programs and community partnerships. Read More

 
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Talking Points: From Third Place to Makerspace: Public Libraries and Teens


A snapshot of how public libraries reach out to teens with programs and services. Read More