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Information Infrastructure/Systems/Workflows

Technology is changing the way we organize, access and use data and information. New research, applications and tools are changing the way we learn and create knowledge.

Search the Awarded Grants database for grants to programs that strengthen information infrastructure, systems, and workflows (issue areas have only been assigned to grants awarded since FY 2009)

Information infrastructure, systems, and workflow content on the IMLS Web site:
IMLS Hosts Library Convening April 29 at the New York Public Library

April 16, 2014 01:18 PM
Join the conversation on twitter: #imlsfocus. Read More

 
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

 
IMLS to Host Meetings with Library Stakeholders to Inform Future Grant Directions

March 19, 2014 12:37 PM
IMLS will host the first in a series of meetings about future funding strategies at the New York Public Library on April 29. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Surveying the Present

July 11, 2014 03:26 PM
Maria Raviele describes how she employs her training as an anthropological archaeologist almost daily as an evaluation officer at IMLS. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Hawaii State Public Library System

May 2, 2014 09:48 AM
Hawaii’s State Librarian Richard Burns talks about how LSTA funds are supporting better internet access across the islands, providing public access to high-quality information resources, and supporting collections management. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Georgia Public Library Service

April 1, 2014 03:17 PM
For more than 50 years, funding authorized by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) has served as the backbone of federal support for libraries in America. IMLS interviewed the Georgia state librarian about how they use federal funds and how the needs of library users in the state are changing. Read More

 
Steve: The Museum Social Tagging Project
November 2008: Steve Eases Online Searches of Museum Web Sites


For museums seeking greater and more engaged audiences for their online collections, steve.museum may offer some answers. The concept is simple: individuals contribute descriptions about the art (and other collection objects) on museum Web sites using the steve tagger. Read More

 
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May 2008: Teaching Web Site Highlights Gifts of Ancient Mesopotamia


Students across the country are digging into the secrets of ancient Mesopotamia through a teaching Web site called Ancient Mesopotamia: This History, Our History, which allows students to direct virtual archeological expeditions and curate museum exhibits with the excavated artifacts. Read More

 
Screenshots of several Web sites made possible by Plinkit.
March 2008: Plinkits: Pre-built Library Web Sites that Libraries Love


Plinkit, which stands for "Public Library Interface Kit," provides small libraries that have little to no web presence with a great Web site and the training necessary to update and maintain it. Read More

 
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Advancing Research and Practice in Digital Curation and Publishing


Summary Report and Recommendations of the Workshop on Next Steps in Research, Education and Practice, that was held in London on June 26, 2010, and cosponsored and organized by the University College London Department of Information Studies and IMLS. Read More

 
Framework of Guidance for Building Good Digital Collections


Identifies principles of good practice and current standards in four areas: collections, digital objects, metadata, and digital projects. The Framework was developed with IMLS support and is maintained by the National Information Standards Organization. Read More

 
Report of the Workshop on Opportunities for Research on the Creation, Management, Preservation and Use of Digital Content


The University of Florida, Florida Center for Library Automation, convened a workshop in March 2003 to assess research needs related to digital cultural content. This report summarizes the results of the workshop and presents suggestions for useful areas of research. Read More