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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:
Notice of Funding Opportunity: FY2015 National Leadership Grants for Libraries

August 13, 2014 03:35 PM
IMLS seeks proposals that address new strategic priorities identified in nationally-webcast IMLS Focus meetings. Learn more at our webinars on August 20, at 3:00 PM ET, and (repeated) on September 16, at 3:00 PM ET. Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: IMLS Provides $241,500 in Grants for the Pacific Territories and Freely Associated States

August 6, 2014 08:44 AM
IMLS announced grants that will help expand digital services and connectivity, digital literacy, professional development, and support summer reading, bookmobiles, collections, and more. Read More

 
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Call for Nominations: 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

July 17, 2014 09:41 AM
Does your museum or library have a commitment to excellence and serve its community new and innovative ways? Museums and libraries of all types can apply for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Send your nomination by October 15. 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

 
Blog Post: Interview: Idaho Commission for Libraries

August 18, 2014 02:21 PM
Libraries in Idaho are advancing libraries as community anchor institutions and preparing new generations for college and careers through early literacy efforts and by promoting digital proficiency. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Poets on Poets: Nathan Cummings

August 15, 2014 02:11 PM
Inaugural National Student Poet, Claire Lee, returns to interview the 2013 Class of National Student Poets. Learn more about National Student Poet Nathan Cummings and the highlights of his year as an ambassador of poetry. 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