About Us - Strategic Plan

The IMLS Strategic Plan, 2012 – 2016: Creating a Nation of Learners envisions a democratic society where communities and individuals thrive with broad public access to knowledge, cultural heritage and lifelong learning. The plan identifies the mission of IMLS to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, learning and civic engagement by providing leadership through research, policy development and grant-making.

With this strategic plan, IMLS builds on its solid foundation and targets five strategic goals. The goals focus on achieving positive public outcomes for communities and individuals; supporting the unique role of museums and libraries in preserving and providing access to collections and content; and promoting library, museum, and information service policies that ensure access to information for all Americans.

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Creating a Nation of Learners: IMLS Strategic Plan 2012 - 2016 (PDF, 740 KB)
The brochure is a concise overview of the strategic plan. Goals and objectives are discussed and examples of IMLS projects that meet the plan’s objectives are provided.

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IMLS Five-Year Strategic Plan 2012 - 2016 (PDF, 1.6 MB)
This slideshow is a presentation of the IMLS Five-Year Strategic Plan It includes many of the details in the plan and information on the planning process employed by IMLS.

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IMLS Five-Year Strategic Plan 2012 - 2016 (PDF, 470 KB)
The complete IMLS Five-Year Strategic Plan 2012 - 2016 encourages strategic thought and action. complete plan provides details on the strategic planning process, as well as details about goal- and objective-related performance metrics and benchmarks used to measure progress.

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Strategic Plan Development: Public Engagement
The IMLS strategic planning process involved significant public input. Through discussions with the National Museum and Library Services Board, IMLS stakeholders, and public meetings, we developed five strategic questions to help envision future services. We used an online social media tool to engage a broad public and more than 1,400 users participated in a robust discussion about the future of IMLS services. The comment period closed on August 5.

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