Press Releases


Grant Awards Announcement: IMLS Provides $240,000 in Grants for the Pacific Territories, Freely Associated States and U.S. Virgin Islands

Jul 30, 2015

IMLS announced grants that will help expand digital services and connectivity, digital literacy, professional development, and support summer reading, bookmobiles, collections, and more. Read More

 
Call for Nominations: 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

Jul 22, 2015

Know a museum or library that is making a significant difference in your community with exceptional programs and services? Nominate them for a National Medal. Read More

 
USCIS and IMLS Host Webinar for Public Libraries on August 11

Jul 20, 2015

We invite you participate in the latest webinar in the joint agency series. Read More

 
IMLS Announces Grants of $2.4 Million for U.S. Museums

Jul 17, 2015

Forty-four grants to 21 states will strengthen museum operations and support the stewardship of our nation’s cultural heritage. Read More

 
National STEM Video Game Challenge Announces Winners of Fourth Annual Competition
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Jul 02, 2015

The winners of the 2014 STEM Video Game Challenge were recognized at a gaming celebration on June 27 in Pittsburgh at WQED. Read More

 
Notice of Funding Opportunity: National Conservation Assessment Program

Jun 29, 2015

IMLS seeks a cooperator for national program to help small and midsize museums care for their collections.​ Read More

 
Overview of myE-Verify Webinar for Public Librarians

Jun 19, 2015

IMLS and partner USCIS invite staff from public libraries to learn about a new online service from USCIS.​ Read More

 
IMLS at the American Library Association Conference in San Francisco

Jun 10, 2015

If you are coming to ALA, we hope to see you at IMLS booth #2621. Read More

 
USCIS Webinar on Enhancing Services for Adult Immigrant Learners

May 21, 2015

We invite you to learn more about resources available to immigrant-serving organizations and adult education programs. Read More

 
First Lady Michelle Obama Presents National Medal to Exceptional Museums and Libraries at White House Ceremony
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May 18, 2015

The First Lady presented the awards to the museum and library directors and to community members from each institution, who shared how the library or museum has impacted their lives. Read More

 
Third Library Stakeholder Meeting Set for June 2 at Los Angeles Public Library

May 15, 2015

The meeting starts and 9:00 PDT. We welcome your participation via #IMLSfocus and the e-mail address, focus@imls.gov. Read More

 
IMLS Hosts the First Capitol Hill Maker Faire June 11
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May 12, 2015

The Capitol Hill Maker Faire kicks off a city-wide celebration of Making. Read More

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

May 07, 2015

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

 
Statement from the IMLS Acting Director on the Loss of Charles Benton

May 01, 2015

Charles Benton, a member of the National Museum and Library Services Board, will be missed by many at IMLS. Read More

 
President Obama Announces Open eBooks and ConnectED Library Challenge
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Apr 30, 2015

President Obama announced two new efforts to strengthen student learning by improving access to digital content and to public libraries. Read More

 
NEH and IMLS Co-Fund Convening on the Future of Crowdsourcing

Apr 29, 2015

The meeting will bring together stakeholders from the humanities, sciences, and cultural heritage domains to share their experiences managing digital projects that invite contributions from virtual volunteers.​ Read More

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

Apr 29, 2015

Join the conversation about learning in libraries, both for library users and the profession as a whole, on Twitter with #IMLSFocus. Read More

 
IMLS at the American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting in Atlanta

Apr 22, 2015

Visit the IMLS booth in the federal pavilion and learn more about our funding opportunities. Read More

 
Recipients of Nation’s Highest Museum and Library Honor Announced
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Apr 21, 2015

IMLS congratulates the 2015 winners of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Read More

 
IMLS Hosts April 28 Convening on the National Digital Platform

Apr 14, 2015

The invitational meeting will address the state of digital services in libraries and archives, as well as barriers to broader access to digital resources for all Americans. Read More

 
Grants Awarded to Strengthen Museum Professional Development and Leadership

Apr 10, 2015

IMLS grants to the California Association of Museums and the Association of African American Museums are funding the development of new resources for museum professionals. Read More

 
2015 Class of National Digital Stewardship Residents Selected

Apr 07, 2015

Five new members have been selected for the 2015 class of the National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) program. Read More

 
Federal Awards for Libraries and Library Training Announced

Mar 31, 2015

Twenty-two library projects will be funded through the National Leadership Grants for Libraries program and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program. Read More

 
Thirty Museums and Libraries Tapped as Finalists for National Medal
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Feb 24, 2015

For 21 years, the National Medal for Museum and Library Service has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service to make a difference for individuals, families, and communities. Read More

 
New IMLS Data Catalog Enables Creative Use of Library, Museum, Administrative Datasets
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Feb 19, 2015

The launch of data.imls.gov is a step toward great government openness and transparency. Read More

 
USCIS-IMLS Present Webinar for Public Librarians on Human Trafficking Prevention

Feb 06, 2015

Learn about the government’s Blue Campaign and steps you can take to raise awareness and combat this terrible crime. Read More

 
STEM-Rich Afterschool Making Project of IMLS and Exploratorium is Part of Interagency Learning Collaboration for Underserved Students
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Feb 03, 2015

The project will use STEM-focused content, instructional strategies, and training approaches developed by science museums to help 21st Century Community Learning Centers offer making activities. Read More

 
President’s FY 2016 Budget Request Includes $237,427,957 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Feb 02, 2015

With the requested FY 2016 funds, IMLS will provide leadership for the nation’s libraries and museums through grant making, policy development, and research. Read More

 
Notice of Funding Opportunity: 2015 Native American Library Services Basic Grants

Feb 02, 2015

IMLS will be accepting applications for grants to support core Native American library services until the April 1 deadline. Read More

 
Notice of Funding Opportunity: 2015 Native Hawaiian Library Services Program

Jan 30, 2015

IMLS will accept applications until the April 1 program deadline. Read More

 
IMLS 2012 Public Libraries Survey Report Issued

Jan 26, 2015

The analysis found positive links between investments—particularly in staffing and collections—and public library usage. Read More

 
IMLS to Award $154.8 Million to States to Improve Library Services

Jan 21, 2015

The annual grants to State Library Administrative Agencies represent the largest source of federal funding support for library services in the U.S. Read More

 
Marx Will Serve as IMLS Acting Director upon Hildreth’s Departure
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Jan 20, 2015

Maura Marx, deputy director for library services, assumes the leadership role until a new director is nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Read More

 
Notice of Funding Opportunity: 2015 Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants

Jan 09, 2015

IMLS will accept Enhancement grant applications through March 2, 2015. Read More

 
Grant Will Connect Early Learning Services of Museums and Libraries with Medical Community

Jan 08, 2015

Reach Out and Read’s New Project is a "Prescription for Success." Read More

 
Trevor Owens Selected as IMLS Senior Program Officer, National Digital Platform

Jan 05, 2015

Owens to head National Digital Platform activities across programs at IMLS. Read More

 
IMLS Welcomes Input on Its Website Redesign

Dec 19, 2014

We want to know more about our website visitors and how they use www.imls.gov, in order to build a website that best meets their needs. Read More

 
Application Period Opens for 2015 National Digital Stewardship Residency Program

Dec 18, 2014

IMLS and the Library of Congress call for applicants and announce the 2015 host institutions and projects. The application deadline is January 30. Read More

 
Institute of Museum and Library Services Budget for FY 2015

Dec 17, 2014

The federal spending bill for FY 2015 includes $227,860,000 for IMLS. Read More

 
Libraries and Museums Kick Off STEM Video Game Challenge Workshops
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Dec 11, 2014

Museum and libraries across the country are stepping up to the Challenge by hosting workshops for youth and staff on game design. Check out the list of workshops and other resources your institution can use to get involved. Read More

 
IMLS and Department of Education’s OCTAE Present Digital Strategy Webinar for Librarians

Dec 09, 2014

The December 18 webinar will cover national initiatives, resources, and tools that public and school librarians can use to enhance their digital literacy programming and services. Read More

 
IMLS-USCIS Webinar, December 17

Dec 05, 2014

Join us for Customer Service Tools and Resources: An Overview for Libraries at 2 p.m. ET. Read More

 
Notice of Funding Opportunity: FY 2015 Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries

Dec 02, 2014

IMLS is accepting applications for Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries until the February 2 deadline.​ Read More

 
Notice of Funding Opportunity: Second Round of Funding for FY 2015 National Leadership Grants for Libraries

Dec 02, 2014

Participate in a webinar to learn more, and submit your preliminary proposal by the February 2 deadline.​ Read More

 
Learning Lab Publication Describes Transformative Spaces for Teens
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Nov 20, 2014

Learning Labs are creative spaces in libraries and museums that engage teens and tweens 21st century learning. Read More

 
National Collections Care Survey Is Open
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Oct 28, 2014

14,000 institutions will receive an email invitation to participate. Read More

 
Public Invited to November 13 National Museum and Library Services Board Meeting

Oct 22, 2014

Learn about a historic state museum association meeting and an Aspen Institute report on the future of public libraries. Read More

 
$2.2 Billion Reasons to Pay Attention to WIOA

Oct 21, 2014

ALA, Depts. of Ed. and Labor, and IMLS will host webinar on workforce funding on October 27. Read More

 
IMLS Awards $1.3 Million for Training and Professional Development Projects

Oct 16, 2014

Three IMLS-funded projects will help library, museum, and archives professionals develop expertise and leadership skills. Read More

 
IMLS Presents Webinar on Museum Universe Data File on October 30

Oct 02, 2014

We invite interested museum organizations to participate in the webinar to get an update on what to expect in with the next data file, to ask questions, and to provide input. Read More

 
New IMLS Funding to Support the Digital Public Library of America

Sep 30, 2014

An IMLS grant will help the Digital Public Library of America expand its infrastructure to make more digital collections available to all. Read More

 
Call for Applications for Five IMLS Museum Grant Programs for FY 2015

Sep 26, 2014

IMLS will accept applications until December 1, 2014. Read More

 
Five High School Students Receive Nation’s Top Honor for Youth Poets
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Sep 18, 2014

Third Class of the National Student Poets Program has been selected by White House Committee to Serve as National Poetry Ambassadors Read More

 
Federal Grants of $30 Million Awarded to Support Museums across the U.S.

Sep 18, 2014

Today IMLS announces recipients of the Museums for America and National Leadership Grants for Museums programs. Grants awarded in 2014 inspire museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Read More

 
USCIS Webinar on ELIS, the Electronic Immigration System, for Public Librarians

Sep 16, 2014

The September 29 webinar will help librarians understand how the ELIS system works and what’s in store as USCIS transitions to a fully electronic application process. Read More

 
IMLS Awards $3.9 Million for Library Service to Native Americans and Native Hawaiians

Sep 11, 2014

IMLS grants support basic library services, 21st century skills training and cultural projects and initiatives.​ Read More

 
IMLS Awards $9.2 Million to Improve Library Services in the U.S.

Sep 11, 2014

IMLS investments will address library challenges, test innovations, and improve library services nationwide.​ Read More

 
IMLS Awards Grant to OCLC to Help Libraries Continue to Support Community Health Initiatives

Sep 04, 2014

OCLC ZeroDivide will develop additional resources for individual libraries to highlight ways they can lead or support health initiatives. Read More

 
 



UpNext Blog Posts


Blog Post: Music to My Ears
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Aug 27, 2015

The State Archives of Florida was awarded the Archival Innovator Award for their Florida Memory Radio project. The 24-hour Internet radio station provides access to musical recordings from their archives. Read More

 
Blog Post: Setting an Agenda to Advance Learning in Libraries
IMLS Focus Learning in Libraries Final Report cover

Aug 25, 2015

A new report, prepared by OCLC Research, highlights key themes and issues raised at the IMLS Focus: Learning in Libraries convening. Read More

 
Blog Post: Games & Learning Conference
Lauren Hays, Co-Director of Center for Games and Learning; Glenn Wiebe, ESSDACK Presenter; Mark Hayse, Co-Director of Center for Games and Learning

Aug 24, 2015

The Center for Games & Learning at MidAmerica Nazarene University hosted a Games & Learning Conference to discuss how gameplay can support educators. Read More

 
Blog Post: Learning Labs Put 3D Printing Skills to the Test to Improve Lives for Veterans in Virginia
The design team working with veteran Lisa Marie Wiley on the quick switch apparatus at the competition.

Aug 19, 2015

Virginia teens teamed up with the Science Museum of Virginia’s the YOUmedia Learning Lab for a Make-a-thon hosted by the Department of Veteran Affairs. Their award-winning prototype, a 3D printed socket, will make it possible for veterans to easily switch and wear different prostheses. Read More

 
Blog Post: Bringing Together Public Libraries and STEM

Aug 18, 2015

STEM professionals and librarians come together for the first Public Libraries and STEM Conference Read More

 
Blog Post: Digital Archival Research and Education
Exterior shot of Hornbake Library

Aug 11, 2015

IMLS highlighted agency priorities and funding opportunities at the Archival Education and Research Institute. Read More

 
Blog Post: Why Host a High School Apprentice Program?
New Bedford Whaling Museum apprentices take a selfie in front of the world’s largest ship model, Lagoda.

Aug 05, 2015

The New Bedford Whaling Museum hosts an afterschool apprenticeship program to inspire high school students to enroll in college. Read More

 
Blog Post: Reach Out and Read has a Prescription for Success
Boy holding a book sits on the lap of his mother.

Jul 30, 2015

Reach Out and Read has launched the Prescription for Success Toolkit, aimed at helping families benefit from museum and library services that foster literacy development in young children. Read More

 
Blog Post: Convening Communities for Good: On the Frontier of 3D Printing for Accessible Education
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Jul 27, 2015

With the help of an IMLS Grant, Benetech convened a national forum to discuss how 3D printing technology and services can be used for accessible education materials. Read More

 
Blog Post: New Report Examines Impacts of C2C Statewide Planning Grants

Jul 23, 2015

The report looks at the IMLS Connecting to Collections Statewide Planning Grants to assess their impact and identify ways to move forward in caring for our nation’s treasures. Read More

 
Blog Post: Taking the National Digital Platform for Libraries to the Next Level
Cover of IMLSFocus NDP Report

Jul 23, 2015

A new report, prepared by OCLC Research, highlights key themes and issues raised at the IMLS Focus: The National Digital Platform convening. Read More

 
Blog Post: Putting Seniors at the Center
Senior women creating a scrapbook

Jul 22, 2015

Museums and libraries have a role to play in promoting healthy aging, independent living, and community involvement for seniors. Read More

 
Blog Post: Remembering World War One: A Community Centered Approach to Commemoration
Three WWI soldiers in uniform pose for photos

Jul 21, 2015

With the guidance and support of the United States World War One Centennial Commission, the Connecticut State Library is telling the story of The Great War through the lens of the nation, the state, the community, and the individual. Read More

 
Blog Post: Quick Ideas for Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the ADA this July
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Jul 17, 2015

In honor of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Wisconsin Division of Libraries lists ways libraries can observe the anniversary and provides resources on disability history. Read More

 
Blog Post: Apply for a Mind in the Making Training Session on Executive Function Life Skills

Jul 16, 2015

A training session hosted by the Families and Work Institute will share the science of early learning with professionals who work in museums and libraries. Read More

 
Blog Post: Let's Move! Gardens are Buzzing with Pollinators
Children holding a butterfly in the United States Botanic Garden

Jul 09, 2015

Many Let’s Move! Gardens are participating in the Million Pollinator Challenge to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators. Read More

 
Blog Post: Your Guide to Participating in the 2015 White House Conference on Aging
Sign for the White House Conference on Aging on the South Lawn in front of the White House.

Jul 08, 2015

The White House Conference on Aging will be on July 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time. We encourage libraries and museums to host and register a watch party to participate in this important event.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: Celebrating Citizenship at Museums and Libraries
People seated at the naturalization ceremony at George Washington's Mount Vernon

Jul 07, 2015

Over the Fourth of July weekend, more than 50 naturalization ceremonies took place across the country, including some in museums and libraries. Read More

 
Blog Post: Get Dirty and Let’s Move!
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Jul 07, 2015

Summer camp participants at the Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids, IA, are encouraged to get their hands dirty in the onsite gardens. Read More

 
Blog Post: Leveraging Local Partnerships to Support Immigrant Integration

Jul 01, 2015

In Rhode Island, Learning Lounges in public libraries provide space and technology to help adult learners, especially immigrants who study English as a Second Language. Read More

 
Blog Post: Los Angeles Public Library: Where Dreams Come True

Jun 30, 2015

Sergio Sanchez, with the help of the Los Angeles Public Library, achieved his dream of becoming a citizen of the United States. Read More

 
Blog Post: Meeting Community Needs: A Veteran’s Success Story

Jun 25, 2015

Cecil County Public Library helped a U.S. Army Veteran who faced homeless, unemployment, and health challenges, gain computer literacy skills and apply for a job online. Read More

 
Blog Post: StoryCorps Interview: Octavia Fellin Public Library
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Jun 23, 2015

Emerald Tanner interviews her uncle, Juan Delgado, about his 32 years dressing up as Santa Claus for their family and for the whole Gallup, New Mexico community. Read More

 
Blog Post: Highlighting the Power and Potential of Making
Representatives Steny Hoyer (left) and Mark Takano (right) enjoy the Museum of Science, Boston’s Faire activity

Jun 22, 2015

The amazing world of “making” took hold of the nation’s capital this month, and IMLS played an important role organizing key festivities. Read More

 
Blog Post: Make a Difference this Summer!

Jun 19, 2015

Museums and libraries have a role in keeping young people safe, healthy, and engaged in learning over the summer. Read More

 
Blog Post: Makerspaces: Beyond Tools and Products
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Jun 19, 2015

Michigan Makers, a service learning project of the University of Michigan School of Information, aims to focus on the participants’ development rather than the tools in the makerspace. Read More

 
Blog Post: Revving up an Engine for Innovation
A visitor at The Tech Museum of Innovation learns how to solder in The Tech Studio.

Jun 18, 2015

The Tech Museum of Innovation strives to use technology to make their community a better place to live by getting patrons tinkering in their new makerspace and dancing in their Creative Collisions program. Read More

 
Blog Post: Spreading the Word: Library Learning Labs Go Abroad
Teens in Barcelona work on a stop-motion animation project

Jun 17, 2015

The Digital Librarian for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh traveled to Spain to share the 21st century skills that The Labs offer to teens. Read More

 
Blog Post: You Can Make it Here...and Here's How
People working in The Bubbler makerspace

Jun 16, 2015

Madison Public Library is tapping into their community of artists and makers to design programming for their makerspace, The Bubbler. Read More

 
Blog Post: Exposing Kid Makers to a Little Spark
Kids and teachers working on ribbon cutting

Jun 15, 2015

The Chevron Maker Annex at the Children’s Museum of Houston is a unique space that caters to the innovator child. Read More

 
Blog Post: Healthy Aging – Can Libraries and Museums Play a Role?

Jun 05, 2015

A pre-conference to the 2015 White House Conference on Aging focused on how the arts impact healthy aging.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: Let’s Move! Museums Make a Difference in Their Communities
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May 29, 2015

Last week, the First Lady presented the National Medal for Museum and Library Service to ten libraries and museums for their outstanding service to their communities. Two of the winning museums, Amazement Square and the Louisiana Children’s Museum, are participating in Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens. Read More

 
Blog Post: Digital News and Digital Libraries: Partnerships for Enduring Access
Photo of the Charlotte Observer

May 28, 2015

A conference at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library brought together journalists, representatives from press associations, and librarians to work together to preserve and provide access to digital news content. Read More

 
Blog Post: Our Award Winning Libraries and Museums Are Welcoming New Americans
A girl at a naturalization ceremony holding the American flag.

May 26, 2015

The National Medal for Museum and Library Service shines a national spotlight on the many ways libraries and museums make a difference in the lives of children, families, and communities across the country. Stories from winning institutions resonate with IMLS efforts to help institutions provide services to immigrant communities. Read More

 
Blog Post: National Museum and Library Medal Winners Inspire “Makers” Across America
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May 22, 2015

The 2015 winners of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service are inspiring Makers and STEM learners across the country. Read More

 
Open Data Fuels Local Solutions
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May 21, 2015

Developers used the IMLS Data Catalog to help create Range, a mobile app that helps locate vital summer resources for youth. Read More

 
Blog Post: The Impact of Summer Reading

May 14, 2015

The Library of Virginia is studying how children and teens use reading programs. A May 19 webinar will explore some of the findings. Read More

 
Blog Post: Digital Infrastructure Supporting Long Term Access at the CNI 2015 Spring Meeting

May 08, 2015

At the spring meeting of the Coalition of Networked Information, libraries’ role in developing, deploying, and managing digital infrastructure was highlighted. Read More

 
Blog Post: ConnectED: Open Books and Open Doors
President Barack Obama answers questions from students during the Discovery Education webinar

May 01, 2015

Yesterday, the President traveled to the Anacostia Neighborhood Library in Washington, D.C., to announce new partnerships to expand access to free e-books for America’s students and to ensure every student has easy access to their local library and the wealth of knowledge and resources it can provide.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: Science from the Start Kicks Off at the Sciencenter
Teachers working in a group.

May 01, 2015

Science from the Start workshops help adults engage their children ages 3-5 years in activities that promote science and STEM learning. Read More

 
Blog Post: Empowering Children through Poetry and Publishing
Teacher Sally Prickett poses with Kwame and one of her students.

Apr 30, 2015

The Calhoun County Library worked with Newberry Award-winning author Kwame Alexander to provide students from local schools the chance to write and publish their own poetry. Read More

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

Apr 24, 2015

Grant materials from the first IMLS awards addressing the national digital platform are now available.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: Celebrating National Poetry Month with Student Poets
Madeline LeCesne speaks at the podium at the White House.

Apr 24, 2015

From the White House to Buffalo, NY, the 2014 National Student Poets have been engaging communities with the gift of poetry. Read More

 
Blog Post: The Strong Museum Hosts Fit Kids Day
A young boy climbing a rock wall.

Apr 23, 2015

Nearly 5,000 museum guests went to The Strong to participate in physical activities, learn about healthy eating, and discover the long-term benefits of staying fit. Read More

 
Blog Post: Engagement, Creativity and Inspiration Found in New Afterschool STEM Programs

Apr 22, 2015

IMLS, in partnership with Exploratorium, is working to bring STEM-learning resources to students engaged in after school programs. Read More

 
Blog Post: StoryCorps Interview: Mid-Continent Public Library
Jessica Ford and Connie Jones

Apr 17, 2015

At Mid-Continent Public Library, Connie Jones talks to colleague Jessica Ford, a former student at the Kansas City Elementary School where Connie was the librarian. Read More

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

Apr 16, 2015

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

 
Blog Post: Embarking on a Yogic Adventure at The Magic House
Children doing the yoga bridge pose

Apr 15, 2015

A seven-week program at The Magic House, St. Louis Children’ Museum, combined child-friendly yoga activities with art programming for adults and children to engage in physical exercise and enjoy special bonding time. Read More

 
Blog Post: You’re Invited! IMLS Focus National Digital Platform Twitter Chat

Apr 14, 2015

On April 20, IMLS will host a Twitter chat about the national digital platform, the theme of the April 28 IMLS Focus Convening. Read More

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

Apr 13, 2015

A new report highlights examples and lessons learned from cultural institutions that are embracing digital media in their work. Read More

 
Blog Post: Thank You for Sharing Your Stories
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Apr 08, 2015

Over the past six weeks, hundreds of you have expressed gratitude and shared memories about the 2015 National Medal Finalists, and how these museums and libraries touch your lives. Read More

 
Blog Post: Be Smart: Check the Background of Your Financial Professional During CFTC’s SmartCheck Week
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Apr 06, 2015

During SmartCheck Week, April 6-12, 2015, you and your library customers can use the tools at SmartCheck.gov to check the background of financial professionals. Read More

 
Blog Post: What's Up with Seed Catalogs in BHL?
Cole's Garden Annual. 1892. From the BHL Seed and Nursery Catalog Collection.

Mar 30, 2015

Many Biodiversity Heritage Library partners are engaged in a variety of projects to digitize and improve access to the seed and nursery catalogs and lists in their collections. Read More

 
Blog Post: Museums and Gardens Across the Country Join the Let’s Move! Initiative
Girl holding cabbage at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Mar 24, 2015

IMLS celebrates the 5th Anniversary of Let’s Move! with a look back on Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: Training our Focus
IMLS Focus Dir Message 2015

Mar 18, 2015

We will host a new round of IMLS Focus convenings this spring and a new IMLS annual conference, November 16-17, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Read More

 
Blog Post: Hearing History
Photo of graphophone

Mar 18, 2015

The “Hear My Voice”: Alexander Graham Bell and the Origins of Recorded Sound exhibit at the National Museum of American History used IRENE technology to make digital copies of some of the earliest sound recordings ever made. Read More

 
Blog Post: Digging Up an Appetite for Health at The New York Botanical Garden
Carla Hall receives help from an aspiring young chef for a delicious—and healthy!—broccoli pesto.

Mar 12, 2015

The New York Botanical Garden celebrated the 5th anniversary of Let’s! Move by hosting Carla Hall’s Culinary Kids Week in February. Children and families participated in a variety of hands-on activities and demonstrations focused on edible gardening and healthy eating. Read More

 
Blog Post: Taking Note: More Resources for Arts Data-Miners
Delaware Art Museum by flickr user Jeffrey.

Mar 11, 2015

Federal agencies, like the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Arts, are making cultural heritage data readily available as a part of open data and open government initiatives. Read More

 
Blog Post: Continuing the Library and Museum Open Data Conversation
Participants in the IMLS board room during the Open Data Open House

Mar 10, 2015

In what we called an Open Data Open House, a cohort of data wonks, librarians, curators, researchers and developers shared ideas on the new IMLS data catalog and ways to use this data. Read More

 
Blog Post: Discovery à la Mode
Illustration by Rose O'Neill

Mar 09, 2015

A drawing by the American illustrator Rose O’Neill, a surprise discovery through an IMLS grant, is now on display at the Delaware Art Museum. Read More

 
Blog Post: Fitting the Pieces Together: Progress On Linked Data For Libraries
people in a conference room with their computers participating in the linked data conference.

Mar 04, 2015

A two-day workshop showcased examples of how libraries are using linked data and how it might aid patrons in the use of their libraries. Read More

 
Blog Post: #NetGain: #NetGain: The Role of Libraries on the Web as a Public Good
Susan Crawford interviewing Tim Berners Lee

Mar 02, 2015

At the kick-off event for the NetGain Challenge, created to ensure that the web of the future is one that supports a broad public good, discussion often focused on the key central, civic, and social role of libraries. Read More

 
Blog Post: IMLS and Open Government Initiatives
data.imls.gov homepage Screenshot

Feb 19, 2015

The principles of open government are critical to the mission of IMLS. Today’s launch of data.imls.gov will help unlock the power of government data to spur research and innovation. Read More

 
Blog Post: Maker Movement Takes Over Pittsburgh
Man holding stick participating in an activity.

Feb 13, 2015

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and IMLS co-hosted a convening of library and museum professionals from across the country to identify key elements of library and museum makerspaces that support learning.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: StoryCorps Interview: Chicago Public Library
Marcia Trawinski and Dottie Gibson

Feb 12, 2015

Marcia Trawinski, long-time member of the Chicago Public Library, talks to her friend Dottie Gibson about how adaptive services for the visually impaired have improved her relationship with books and the library. Read More

 
Blog Post: StoryCorps Interview: Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Heather Stephenson and Jeanne White

Feb 06, 2015

Ryan White was one of the first children to be diagnosed with AIDS in 1984, which he contracted from a medicine used to treat his hemophilia. At the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, a permanent exhibit—Ryan’s childhood room—educates visitors about Ryan’s life and AIDS. We hear from Ryan’s mom and close friend in this StoryCorps interview. Read More

 
Museums as Social Agents: Storytelling Aids Emotional Healing
Woman teaches teens how to create a book.

Feb 05, 2015

Sandy Spring Museum helped immigrant youth in their community tell their stories through words, photography, and art. Read More

 
Blog Post: Adult New Computer Users: A Glimpse into the Learner Path
A library tutor teaches an adult how to use the computer.

Feb 04, 2015

Portland State University's Literacy, Language and Technology Research group shares preliminary findings from their IMLS-funded research project, Tutor-Facilitated Digital Literacy in Hard-to-Serve Populations.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: The STEM Challenge Is on the Road!
Kids playing with game pieces

Jan 30, 2015

A series of STEM Video Game Challenge workshops on game design kicked off at the Free Library of Philadelphia during Computer Science Education Week. Read More

 
Blog Post: StoryCorps Interview: Las Vegas-Clark County Library District
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Jan 27, 2015

Van Whaley and his ten-year-old daughter Ivy talk about their favorite things to do at the Las Vegas-Clark County libraries. Read More

 
Blog Post: StoryCorps Interview: Yiddish Book Center
Yiddish Book Center interviewees

Jan 22, 2015

Amy S. Klein's father, Arthur S. Klein, recently passed away. Amy talks to Christa Whitney about her father's personal connection to the Yiddish Book Center, where Christa works and where Arthur started volunteering as a docent at age 82. Read More

 
Blog Post: A Message of Farewell
Susan Hildreth

Jan 15, 2015

During my four years leading IMLS, we helped shaped a future course for the nation’s libraries and museums through our investments, partnerships, and leadership initiatives. Read More

 
Blog Post: Libraries = Education: A Game-Changing Vision
Libraries = Ed Graphic

Jan 14, 2015

Libraries are repositioning themselves as educational institutions, so they will be viewed as important as schools, colleges, and universities. Read More

 
Blog Post: StoryCorps Interview: North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Photo of Ann Smith and Karen Linehan

Jan 13, 2015

Ann Smith and her daughter, Karen Linehan, reminisce about Karen's childhood, her love of nature from a young age, and how Ann fostered that love. Read More

 
Blog Post: A Demand-side Open Government Planning Model for Public Libraries
ualbany figure

Jan 09, 2015

A new report released by the Center for Technology in Government, University at Albany, explores the role that public libraries play in supporting open government. Read More

 
Blog Post: 2014 Meteorology Makers’ Club Fair
Students standing in front of a green screen

Jan 08, 2015

After three months of learning, making, and tinkering, nineteen middle school students from the Meteorology Makers’ Club in Norman, OK, proudly displayed their creations. Read More

 
Blog Post: The Museum Universe Data File: A New Release and Update on Progress

Dec 29, 2014

The newly released file incorporates feedback from the field and further refinements. Read More

 
Blog Post: Good News from Washington, D.C.

Dec 19, 2014

Three new developments in Washington, D.C. will impact the work of U.S. libraries and museums for months and years to come. Read More

 
Blog Post: Transforming the Landscape of Federal Financial Assistance

Dec 18, 2014

Today the Office of Management and Budget implements the new Uniform Guidance across Federal grantmaking agencies, allowing for feedback on the rule during a 60-day public comment period. Read More

 
Blog Post: Brand New Books Will Serve Kids in Need
Kyle with little girl holding a READ sticker

Dec 17, 2014

First Book provides free and low-cost books and educational resources to museums and libraries who serve children from low-income families. Read More

 
Blog Post: Wrapping Up a Year of State Library Interviews
A librarian leading a program for children.

Dec 17, 2014

The 2014 state library blog series painted a picture of Grants to States funding, which has served as the backbone of federal support for libraries in America for more than 50 years. Read More

 
Blog Post: StoryCorps Interview: Mystic Aquarium
From left to right: Madeline Meranda and Jeanne Long

Dec 16, 2014

Madeline Meranda talks to her former supervisor, Jeanne Long, about the summer of 2011 when Madeline worked as a volunteer docent. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Arkansas State Library
childrens services workshop 25 percent

Dec 15, 2014

With LSTA funds the Arkansas State Library will focus on reaching underserved audiences, providing continuing education for librarians, and supporting technology and broadband services. Read More

 
Blog Post: Supporting Literacy Tutors
Diagram of Tutor Ready services

Dec 09, 2014

Tutor Ready is a new online resource that offers support for literacy tutors. Read More

 
Blog Post: Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future

Dec 05, 2014

The 28th Annual American Evaluation Association conference covered a range of issues, from statistical methods to processes for making evaluation research more useful for program staff and policymakers.​ Read More

 
New IMLS Blog Post: Interview: Vermont Department of Libraries

Dec 03, 2014

For the next five years, the Vermont Department of Libraries will focus on improving citizen access to resources, and the department aims to establish a single shared statewide catalog. Read More

 
Blog Post: New Funding Available for Programs that Serve Disconnected Youth

Nov 26, 2014

Learn more at Performance Partnership Pilot webinar on December 1st. Read More

 
Blog Post: Operation AmeriCorps Competition Launches
Photo of Operation AmeriCorps document and stamp

Nov 24, 2014

The new grant competition will provide national service resources to solve tribal and community challenges.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: Museums and Libraries: Be a Part of our Brain Building Journey

Nov 21, 2014

Families and Work Institute is gathering information on early learning best practices and innovative approaches being used in libraries and museums across the country. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Colorado State Library

Nov 21, 2014

The state library is focusing on early literacy, including their “1,000 books by kindergarten” program. Read More

 
Blog Post: Introducing: The Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection
Photos of North Carolina religious books.

Nov 18, 2014

The digital collection reflects the diversity and complex history of faith and practice in the state.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: Libraries and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Nov 13, 2014

The new law has a focus on community-based partnerships and recognizes libraries’ role. Read More

 
Blog Post: StoryCorps Interview: Sam Noble Museum of Natural History
From left to right: Donovan Spirey and Chip Leslie

Nov 13, 2014

Wildlife Biologist Chip Leslie talks to his 8-year-old grandson, Donovan, about science, their regular visits to the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History in Norman, Oklahoma, and the exhibit that Donovan would most like to see. Read More

 
Blog Post: California Libraries Pay Tribute to Veterans

Nov 10, 2014

In honor of Veteran’s Day, we take a look at how the California State Library is serving its veteran community. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Connecticut State Library  
Children holding a parachute and bouncing a ball

Nov 05, 2014

Looking forward, the state library will focus on addressing 21st century skills including the five literacies: basic information, civic, social, health, and financial. Read More

 
Blog Post: Storycorps Inverview: Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Pictured from left to right: Patricia (Patti) Hulse and ShaQuana Boykin


ShaQuana Boykin talks about how working with the Garden Apprentice Program (GAP) as a teenager helped her get through difficult times at school and at home. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: New Jersey State Library

Oct 31, 2014

The state library provides every library in New Jersey with reliable internet connections and free access to databases that support everyone from the kindergartener to the job seeker. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Kansas State Library
A child sits at a computer in a library

Oct 23, 2014

Kansas State Library is focusing on digital literacy and workforce development to reduce poverty and help their residents succeed as lifelong learners. Read More

 
Blog Post: Public Libraries Can Be Catalysts for Community Transformation
Susan Hildreth

Oct 22, 2014

A new Aspen Institute report summarizes assets of public libraries and describes strategies for their success. Read More

 
Blog Post: Improving Education for All Students with 3D Printing
3D Printing Chattanooga Public Library by Larry Miller CC

Oct 21, 2014

Benetech will use an IMLS grant to help students understand spatial and visual concepts with the use of 3D printing technology. Read More

 
Blog Post: For Employment Training and Assistance, Look to Your Local Library
A customer works with a Cuyahoga County Public Library “Cuyahoga Works” Career Counselor on polishing his resume. Credit: Roger Mastroianni


Libraries in communities across the country are providing job seekers with resources and assistance to help them find work. Read More

 
Blog Post: Garden to Table: The Fall White House Kitchen Garden Harvest
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First Lady Michelle Obama joined school children and chefs for the annual fall harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden. Read More

 
Blog Post: October is Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month
Image of Art Beyond Sight pamphlets and flyers

Oct 17, 2014

Art Beyond Sight is raising awareness of accessibility to the arts for people who are blind or have low vision. Read More

 
Blog Post: Public Library Excels at Serving Children with Autism
People from the Longmont group pose with their robot.

Oct 16, 2014

Senior Library Program Officer Michele Farrell visited the Colorado State Library and learned about how the library addresses the needs of children and teens on the autism spectrum. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Nevada State Library and Archives
A child takes a photo of the program with his tablet.

Oct 07, 2014

Nevada uses federal funds to digitize historical records, support literacy and workforce development, and keep teens learning after school. Read More

 
Blog Post: Growing Up at the Library
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Oct 07, 2014

Avree Walker talks about how his time spent at the Las Vegas-Clark County Public Library inspired him to pursue a career in the performing arts. Read More

 
Blog Post: Sprouting Green Weeding Practices Web-Based Training
A woman sits at a table in a library working on a craft project.

Oct 06, 2014

Learn how to recycle your library’s used books to provide more space for your communities’ needs. Read More

 
Blog Post: Apply for a Free 3D Printer From 3D Systems!

Oct 03, 2014

Museums and libraries that join the MakerLab Club and offer 3D printing and design programs may apply.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: The POWRR of Digital Preservation

Oct 03, 2014

A new IMLS project will identify digital preservation solutions for institutions with fewer resources.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: Nation’s Museums and Libraries Feed Minds and Bodies this Summer
Kids participating in summer programming with counselors.

Oct 01, 2014

In addition to addressing summer slide, museums and libraries can work with USDA to make sure kids do not go hungry during the summer months. Read More

 
Blog Post: A Comprehensive Strategy to Strengthen STEM Learning Must Include Libraries and Museums
Susan Hildreth


Since 2013, IMLS has invested $23.6 million in STEM projects in libraries and museums Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Delaware Division of Libraries
The chart of library services by Dewey number based on community conversations.

Sep 25, 2014

To help plan the next five years of LSTA funding, the Delaware Division of Libraries launched “We Geek the Delaware Dream,” which included conversations with residents in six communities to explore how libraries can help them realize their passions and dreams. Read More

 
Blog Post: Crowdsourcing Consortium for Libraries & Archives (CCLA) Kicks Off with Inaugural Meeting in Boston

Sep 24, 2014

Professionals from many cultural institutions convened in Boston to discuss how crowdsourcing can benefit their fields. Read More

 
Blog Post: Taking Big Steps at the Museum
First Lady Michelle Obama presents the National Medal for Museum and Library Service to representatives from The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Sep 22, 2014

2014 National Medal Winner The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis was the unexpected place for a young boy to reach developmental milestones. Read More

 
Blog Post: Getting Down to Business
First Lady Michelle Obama presents Chicago Public Library Commissioner and Community Member with the National Medal.

Sep 17, 2014

National Medal Winner the Chicago Public Library provided knowledge and resources to community member Chris Force to help kick start his business. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: South Dakota State Library
Participants in a workshop talking to each other.

Sep 15, 2014

In South Dakota, the state library is boosting information literacy and accessibility by strengthening programming, training librarians, and purchasing statewide databases. Read More

 
Blog Post: Immigrant and Refugee Youth Use Technology to Help their Families and Neighbors
A girl pictured with the InfoMe logo

Sep 11, 2014

InfoMe finds that youth express both satisfaction and stress as they use their tech skills as lifelines for others. Read More

 
Blog Post: Getting in Tune with Nutrition and Physical Activity
LMMG ObamaVisit

Sep 09, 2014

Join Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens, Let’s Move! Childcare, and Let’s Move! Faith and communities as we partner with the Children’s Museum of Manhattan for a webinar focusing on the EatPlayGrow™ curriculum.​ Read More

 
New IMLS Blog Post: “Growing” Up at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Sep 08, 2014

Discovering the Brooklyn Botanic Garden at a young age has given Chidi Duke a passion for the environment, which he carried throughout his high school and college careers. Read More

 
Blog Post: Poets on Poets: Louis Lafair
Louis Lafair

Sep 05, 2014

Inaugural National Student Poet, Claire Lee, returns to interview the 2013 Class of National Student Poets. Learn more about National Student Poet Louis Lafair and the highlights of his year as an ambassador of poetry. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: West Virginia Library Commission

Sep 03, 2014

The West Virginia Library Commission has taken a leadership role on continuing education and lifelong learning, especially through the development the statewide library network. Read More

 
Blog: Omeka Developer Connects Museum Data to Wikipedia with Surprising Results

Aug 29, 2014

Omeka Development Team Manager Patrick Murray-John Used IMLS’s Museum Universe Data File to create US Museums Explorer Read More

 
Blog Post: Children’s Museum Birthday Bash Keeps Kids Fit
Kids jump roping


Staff at the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast celebrated the museum’s 6th birthday by hosting a jump rope contest and making homemade pizzas with veggies from their summer garden. Read More

 
Blog Post: Food for Thought: Fueling the Mind in Kentucky

Jul 09, 2014

The Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives is addressing the need to keep students’ minds and bodies healthy with summer literacy and meal programs. Read More

 
Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Facility Extention Connects Past to Present
An aerial view of the new site.

May 16, 2013

A new wing of the Weeksville Heritage Center will allow for expanded programing while connecting to a permanent exhibit in the original structure. Read More

 
 



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