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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:
Help Your Community Reap the Advantages of Broadband Adoption and Digital Literacy

May 7, 2015 12:35 PM
IMLS encourages libraries, archives, and museums to share their thoughts on how the federal government can expand and promote broadband adoption and digital inclusion. Read More

 
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President Obama Announces Open eBooks and ConnectED Library Challenge

April 30, 2015 09:41 AM
President Obama announced two new efforts to strengthen student learning by improving access to digital content and to public libraries. Read More

 
IMLS Hosts Learning in Libraries Convening May 14 in Kansas City, MO

April 29, 2015 09:27 AM
Join the conversation about learning in libraries, both for library users and the profession as a whole, on Twitter with #IMLSFocus. Read More

 
Blog Post: Read the First Four National Digital Platform Grant Proposals

April 24, 2015 11:47 AM
Grant materials from the first IMLS awards addressing the national digital platform are now available. Read More

 
Photograph of the Phoenix Steam Fire Engine No. # in 1885.
Blog Post: Remembering Lincoln: Personal Stories about the Lincoln Assassination

April 16, 2015 03:36 PM
Ford’s Theatre launched the Remembering Lincoln digital collection to engage present-day Americans with stories of people who lived through President Lincoln’s assassination. Read More

 
A man uses an iPad in an art gallery
Blog Post: Museum, Library Investments in Digital are Paying Off

April 13, 2015 03:34 PM
A new report highlights examples and lessons learned from cultural institutions that are embracing digital media in their work. 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

 
Lamassu, 721 BC - 705 BC..
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

 
cover of Advancing Research and Practice in Digital Curation and Publishing
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