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Global Awareness

As technology and globalization make the world a smaller place, increased global and cultural awareness fostered by libraries and museums is increasingly important

Partnership: Serving New Americans
IMLS and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services are working together to help libraries provide accurate and useful information about immigration and citizenship benefits, promote an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensure the integrity of the immigration system.

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Partnership: Film Forward
Film Forward is a cultural exchange program designed to enhance cross-cultural understanding, collaboration, and dialogue around the globe by engaging audiences through the exhibition of film and conversation with filmmakers.

National Initiative: International Strategic Partnership Initiative
The International Strategic Partnership Initiative is a project that will strengthen cross-cultural connections between U.S. museums and libraries and their global counterparts.

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Search the Awarded Grants database for grants to programs that strengthen global awareness (issue areas have only been assigned to grants awarded since FY 2009)

Global awareness content on the IMLS Web site:
$5.1 Million Awarded for Delving into Big Humanities and Social Science Data

January 15, 2014 09:38 AM
IMLS joins nine international research funders to announce the winners of the third Digging into Data Challenge, highlighting innovative humanities and social science research using big data. Read More

 
Blog Post: Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future

December 5, 2014 02:29 PM
The 28th Annual American Evaluation Association conference covered a range of issues, from statistical methods to processes for making evaluation research more useful for program staff and policymakers. Read More

 
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Multimedia Story Project Gives Voice to Teens and Extends a Hand to Refugee Community


Supported by the IMLS Grants to States program, Salt Lake County Library Services partnered with nonprofit Spy Hop to teach a free six-week course called Speak Up!, to teach local refugee youth how to use digital media to tell their stories. Read More

 
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Dialogues on Immigration: Empowering New Voices


Immigration is a part of our national history and heritage, yet immigration issues often remain divisive and emotionally charged. Thanks to a project led by the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, professionals from 20 museums across the country have united to make local museums productive and safe forums for exploring the historic context and current challenges of immigration. Read More

 
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June 2010: Librarians Learning to Think Outside the Borders


In this age of instantly accessible information, librarians from all nations find they need to be able to navigate varied resources around the globe. Opportunities to learn how to work with foreign libraries, however, are scarce. Read More

 
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Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture


Report from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Salzburg Global Seminar convening of 58 library, museum and cultural heritage leaders from 31 countries to explore the changing nature of “community,” “access,” “public value” and “participation writ large” in a digital world. Read More

 
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Connecting to the World's Collections: Making the Case for the Conservation and Preservation of our Cultural Heritage


Sixty cultural heritage leaders from thirty-two countries, including representatives from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, South America, Australia, Europe, and North America gathered in October 2009 in Salzburg, Austria, to develop a series of practical recommendations to ensure optimal collections conservation worldwide. Read More

 
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Strengthening Connections, Advancing Global Understanding: An Update on the International Strategic Partnership Initiative


The International Strategic Partnership Initiative aims to strengthen connections between U.S. museums and libraries and their global counterparts. In 2009, IMLS convened three meetings to help the agency move forward in its international work. This update provides information about these and other recent IMLS international activities. Read More