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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:
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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