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.
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:
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.
January 30, 2014 08:32 AM
For more than 50 years, the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) has been the backbone of federal support for libraries in America. IMLS interviewed the New York state librarian about how New York uses federal funds and how the needs of library users in the state are changing.
January 10, 2014 03:07 PM
A new report funded by IMLS looks at how libraries can provide 21st century skills and workforce development to the 21st century teen.
November 27, 2013 09:39 AM
IMLS Statistician Justin Grimes explores what it means to live in a rural area and the impact that public libraries can play make in rural communities.
November 19, 2013 03:44 PM
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and IMLS invite public libraries to join us for a webinar Wednesday, December 4 from 3:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m. ET.