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Economic/Community Development

Museums and libraries are community anchors that drive economic and community development.

Partnership: Building Sustainable Communities
IMLS is partnering with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to better understand how museums and libraries are working to support comprehensive community revitalization. Through this partnership, IMLS will analyze existing cases and report back on best practices and strategies for successful museum-library and community collaborations fostering revitalization.

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

Economic/community development content on the IMLS Web site:
IMLS and Department of Education’s OCTAE Present Digital Strategy Webinar for Librarians

December 9, 2014 09:08 AM
The December 18 webinar will cover national initiatives, resources, and tools that public and school librarians can use to enhance their digital literacy programming and services. Read More

 
IMLS-USCIS Webinar, December 17

December 5, 2014 08:43 AM
Join us for Customer Service Tools and Resources: An Overview for Libraries at 2 p.m. ET. Read More

 
Notice of Funding Opportunity: FY 2015 Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries

December 2, 2014 02:51 PM
IMLS is accepting applications for Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries until the February 2 deadline. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Brand New Books Will Serve Kids in Need

December 17, 2014 03:47 PM
First Book provides free and low-cost books and educational resources to museums and libraries who serve children from low-income families. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Wrapping Up a Year of State Library Interviews

December 17, 2014 09:56 AM
The 2014 state library blog series painted a picture of Grants to States funding, which has served as the backbone of federal support for libraries in America for more than 50 years. Read More

 
Blog Post: New Funding Available for Programs that Serve Disconnected Youth

November 26, 2014 12:31 PM
Learn more at Performance Partnership Pilot webinar on December 1st. Read More

 
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Built to Learn: A Model Community Engagement Project


The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is bringing the museum experience into public housing developments with a model program that includes early childhood literacy elements, health exhibits, and educational programming. Read More

 
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December 2009: Creating an Arts Education Program for Immigrants


When the Queens Museum of Art wanted to create an arts education program for immigrant adults, its location in the nation’s most diverse county played a big role in the process. To find a model program, it looked to the Queens Library, which had been providing cultural programming to new immigrants for 30 years. Read More

 
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July 2009: This Library System Means Business


To address two workforce training needs in Orlando, Fla.—technical skills and small business smarts—the Orange County Library System created the Grow Your Business program, which offered classroom and online courses in three languages. Read More

 
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Opportunity for All: How Library Policies and Practices Impact Public Internet Access


This report offers an analysis of the service in four public library systems and makes recommendations for strategies that help to sustain and improve public access service. Read More

 
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Research Brief No. 1: Service Trends in U.S. Public Libraries, 1997-2007


The first Research Brief identifies important changes public libraries have made to address patron needs in an increasingly Internet-centric environment and explores service differences in urban and rural communities. Read More

 
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Toward Equality of Access: The Role of Public Libraries in Addressing the Digital Divide


Studies the role public libraries have played in helping to narrow the digital divide. Read More

 
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Talking Points: Library/Workforce Partnerships Spur Economic Development


Quick summary of the impact of library services for workforce development. Read More