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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:
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

Participants gather for a group photo during the “Thinking Outside the Borders” conference, September 2005.
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

A group of immigrant adults attending a tour at the Queens Museum of Art.
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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October 2008: IMLS Honors 10 Museums and Libraries for Outstanding Community Service

Five museums and five libraries have won the 2008 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Read More