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Institute of Museum and Library Services Announces Recipients of 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

April 24, 2014 08:52 AM
Mrs. Obama will present the awards at a May 8 White House ceremony. Read More

 
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Institute of Museum and Library Services Announces 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service Finalists

March 3, 2014 09:00 AM
Thirty institutions from across the country are finalists for the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Read More

 
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Institute of Museum and Library Services Announces 20th Anniversary of National Medal Program

February 19, 2014 09:37 AM
IMLS celebrates 20 years of the award that has recognized 132 outstanding museums and libraries. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Community Members in 30 Cities and Towns Share Their Stories on IMLS Facebook Page

April 22, 2014 03:44 PM
Read first-hand accounts of how libraries and museums are changing lives. Read More

 
Blog Post: Linking the Library to the Community

October 22, 2013 03:07 PM
Waukegan Public Library Executive Director Richard Lee and Community Member Diana Alvey talk about how the Promotoras Ambassador program helps connect the growing Latino community in Waukegan, IL to the library. Read More

 
Blog Post: One Size Does Not Fit All

September 10, 2013 04:09 PM
Library Director Robert Karatsu and Community Member Christine DeVries talk about how the Rancho Cucamonga Public Library serves the many diverse members of its community. Read More

 
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May 2013: First Lady Michelle Obama Presents 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service


IMLS selected five libraries and five museums to receive the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries for extraordinary civic, educational, economic, environmental, and social contributions. Recipients must demonstrate innovative approaches to public service and community outreach. Read More

 
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November 2012: IMLS Honors 10 Museums and Libraries for Outstanding Community Service


IMLS has selected five libraries and five museums to receive the 2012 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries for extraordinary civic, educational, economic, environmental, and social contributions. Recipients must demonstrate innovative approaches to public service and community outreach. Read More

 
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November 2011: IMLS Honors 10 Museums and Libraries for Outstanding Community Service


IMLS has selected five libraries and five museums to receive the 2011 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries for extraordinary civic, educational, economic, environmental, and social contributions. Recipients must demonstrate innovative approaches to public service and community outreach. Read More

 
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2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service brochure


The National Medal is an annual award made to museums and libraries that have demonstrated a long-term commitment to public service through innovative programs and community partnerships. Read More

 
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2014 Guide to Funding Programs and Opportunities


This four-page overview of IMLS funding programs provides succinct information on the agency's grant and award programs, as well as agency initiatives and priorities. Read More

 
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2012 National Medal for Museum and Library Service brochure


The National Medal is an annual award made to museums and libraries that have demonstrated a long-term commitment to public service through innovative programs and community partnerships. Read More

 
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2013 Medal Winner: Boston Children's Museum

July 16, 2013 12:00 AM
Boston Children’s Museum President and CEO, Carole Charnow,and community member Tayquan Pomare-Taylor traveled to Washington from Boston, Massachusetts to receive the national medal and spoke to IMLS about how the museum impacts the community. Read More

 
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2013 Medal Winner: Delta Blues Museum

July 16, 2013 12:00 AM
Delta Blues Museum Executive Director Shelly Ritter and community member Travis Calvin traveled to Washington from Clarksdale, Mississippi to receive the national medal and spoke to IMLS about how the museum impacts the community. Read More

 
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2013 Medal Winner: Pierce County Library System

July 16, 2013 12:00 AM
Pierce County Library System Executive Director, Neel Parikh and community member Jo Cruz traveled to Washington, DC from Tacoma, Washington to receive the national medal and spoke to IMLS about how the library impacts the community. Read More