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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:
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

 
Nathan Cummings
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

 
Photo of Michaela Coplen
Blog Post: Poets on Poets: Michaela Coplen

August 11, 2014 10:29 AM
Inaugural National Student Poet, Claire Lee, returns to interview the 2013 Class of National Student Poets. Learn more about National Student Poet Michaela Coplen and the highlights of her year as an ambassador of poetry. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: New Hampshire State Library

July 31, 2014 10:19 AM
The New Hampshire State Library is aiming to make sure the state’s small libraries can offer the same level service as urban libraries by forming partnerships and sharing resources so that all citizens can access the information they need. Read More