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Cultural Heritage/Sustainability

Libraries and museums are keystones sustaining communities' sense of place and cultural identity.

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

Cultural heritage/sustainability content on the IMLS Web site:
New IMLS Funding to Support the Digital Public Library of America

September 30, 2014 11:26 AM
An IMLS grant will help the Digital Public Library of America expand its infrastructure to make more digital collections available to all. Read More

 
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

 
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: Operation AmeriCorps Competition Launches

November 24, 2014 12:09 PM
The new grant competition will provide national service resources to solve tribal and community challenges. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Introducing: The Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection

November 18, 2014 03:15 PM
The digital collection reflects the diversity and complex history of faith and practice in the state. Read More

 
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Blog Post: StoryCorps Interview: Sam Noble Museum of Natural History

November 13, 2014 08:39 AM
Wildlife Biologist Chip Leslie talks to his 8-year-old grandson, Donovan, about science, their regular visits to the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History in Norman, Oklahoma, and the exhibit that Donovan would most like to see. Read More

 
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Rediscovering History with Needles, Thread, and Caribou Skins


Through a grant from IMLS, the Alutiiq Museum developed a project to educate adult skin sewers on Kodiak Island, recruit new sewers, create educational resources on skin sewing, and enrich community knowledge of the art of Native Alaskan skin sewing. Read More

 
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Rhode Island’s First Responders Receive Training to Limit Damage to Collections


The Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) spearheaded a model program to help first responders and collecting institutions prepare for and respond to disasters. Read More

 
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Preserving African American History and Expanding a Field of Study


The David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland used an IMLS grant to begin documenting Professor David C. Driskell’s one-of-a-kind archive consisting of an estimated 50,000 objects. The center hired an archivist, graduate student interns, and a consulting archivist to develop procedures for inventorying and making the collection available online. Read More

 
Cultural Heritage Information Professionals Workshop Report


To explore the current and potential future relationships among cultural heritage information professionals in libraries, archives, and museums, as well as the role of educational institutions in preparing the professionals that will be needed in these organizations, IMLS awarded a cooperative agreement to Florida State University for a workshop on “Exploring the Intersection of LIS, Museum Studies, and Archives Studies Education for Encouraging the Development of 21st Century Cultural Heritage Read More

 
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African American History & Culture in Museums: Strategic Crossroads and New Opportunities


On July 16, 2004, IMLS convened a day-long forum of leaders in the African American museum community, as well as leaders in the museum community at large, to explore the evolving role of African American museums, their contributions, and their challenges. The report provides a synthesis of the July meeting. Read More

 
Report of the Workshop on Opportunities for Research on the Creation, Management, Preservation and Use of Digital Content


The University of Florida, Florida Center for Library Automation, convened a workshop in March 2003 to assess research needs related to digital cultural content. This report summarizes the results of the workshop and presents suggestions for useful areas of research. Read More