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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:
Institute of Museum and Library Services to Hold Public Hearing

March 19, 2014 02:42 PM
The public hearing will be April 17, 2014, at the Martin Luther King Memorial Library in Washington, DC. Read More

 
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Institute of Museum and Library Services Announces 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service Finalists

March 3, 2014 09:00 AM
Thirty institutions from across the country are finalists for the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Read More

 
Workshop Invitation for American Indian Libraries

February 20, 2014 12:33 PM
IMLS, Department of the Interior, and the Federal Library Information Network (FEDLINK) present a day of Making Connections. Read More

 
Blog Post: A Place for Literacy Volunteerism at the Library and Museum

April 2, 2014 02:18 PM
Director Hildreth recognizes volunteer efforts in museums and libraries in honor of National Volunteer Week. Read More

 
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Blog Post: NTIA Brings Broadband Opportunities to Alaska

March 14, 2014 01:05 PM
The Alaska State Library worked with the National Telecommunications & Information Administration to establish public computer centers at 97 public libraries across the state, and provide online technology training. Read More

 
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Blog Post: What’s so Rural ‘bout Rural Libraries, Anyway?

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. 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