Press Releases


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

 
Notice of Funding Opportunity: FY2015 National Leadership Grants for Libraries

Aug 13, 2014

IMLS seeks proposals that address new strategic priorities identified in nationally-webcast IMLS Focus meetings. Learn more at our webinars on August 20, at 3:00 PM ET, and (repeated) on September 16, at 3:00 PM ET. Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: IMLS Provides $241,500 in Grants for the Pacific Territories and Freely Associated States

Aug 06, 2014

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

 
IMLS Awards Crowdsourcing Grant to Tiltfactor Laboratory at Dartmouth College

Aug 01, 2014

IMLS forum grant will support a consortium to explore crowdsourcing strategies for libraries and archives.​ Read More

 
Webinar for Libraries and Museums on Integrating Early Learning Activities with State Systems

Jul 28, 2014

The August 4th webinar will provide an overview of the state systems of early learning and describe how museums and libraries can align their early learning activities with these systems. Read More

 
Call for Nominations: 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service
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Jul 17, 2014

Does your museum or library have a commitment to excellence and serve its community new and innovative ways? Museums and libraries of all types can apply for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Send your nomination by October 15. Read More

 
Call for Applications: FY 2015 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

Jul 15, 2014

IMLS is accepting applications for the Laura Bush 21st Century Library Program through September 15, 2014. Read More

 
IMLS Announces New Awards to Strengthen Early Learning Activities at Libraries and Museums

Jul 11, 2014

Three awards, totaling $771,854, will help involve libraries and museums in state-level and systems-level early learning strategies. Read More

 
IMLS Announces Grants of $2 Million for U.S. Museums

Jul 10, 2014

IMLS announces 37 museum grants awarded through three programs: African American History and Culture, Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums, and Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services. Read More

 
Financial Education Webinar for Librarians

Jul 07, 2014

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau presents a webinar July 10 about resources to help library customers make more informed decisions about money. Read More

 
FY 2012 Public Library Survey Data Released

Jul 02, 2014

Data is an annual census describing the operations and public use of libraries in the U.S. Read More

 
Robin L. Dale Selected as IMLS Associate Deputy Director in the Office of Library Services

Jun 20, 2014

Dale will head the IMLS Grants to States Program, the agency’s largest grant program. Read More

 
IMLS Releases 2011 Public Libraries in the United States Report
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Jun 18, 2014

The report shows the state of public library service in the U.S. and how investments affect library usage.​ Read More

 
Museums and Libraries in the Middle of the Maker Movement

Jun 18, 2014

As part of the first White House Maker Faire, IMLS announces support for making across the nation’s community centers of learning. Read More

 
USCIS Webinar for Public Librarians on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Jun 17, 2014

June 25 webinar will provide librarians with a basic understanding of deferred action, specifics on who may qualify, and identify how to file. Read More

 
IMLS at the American Library Association Conference in Las Vegas

Jun 11, 2014

Visit IMLS at Booth #1534 to meet with IMLS staff and learn more about our funded projects Read More

 
IMLS Publishes Results of State Library Administrative Agency Survey for Fiscal Year 2012
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Jun 10, 2014

The 2012 SLAA Survey shows that revenue and staffing levels at state library administrative agencies continue to decline. Read More

 
Third Library Stakeholder Meeting Set for June 5 at Chicago Public Library

May 22, 2014

Participate in the discussion on STEM learning in libraries through Twitter using the hashtag #imlsfocus.​ Read More

 
IMLS Museum Universe Data File Webinar: June 11

May 21, 2014

Learn more about how the data file was created and how you can use it. Read More

 
Let’s Move! Webinar Will Feature CMOM’s EatPlayGrow™ Curriculum
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May 21, 2014

Learn how to use its creative educational approach for programming at your institution. Read More

 
Government Doubles Official Estimate: There Are 35,000 Active Museums in the U.S.
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May 19, 2014

The data file is available free of charge for use, reuse and distribution. Read More

 
ACM, IMLS Announce Children’s Museum Access Program for Low-Income Families
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May 15, 2014

The Museums for All initiative aims to make the high-quality learning experiences of children’s museums more accessible to low-income families. Read More

 
First Lady Michelle Obama Presents National Medal for Museum and Library Service at White House Event
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May 08, 2014

Michelle Obama presented medals to each winner and praised the community service and educational roles of museums and libraries. Read More

 
IMLS and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh to Partner on Makerspaces Project
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May 08, 2014

With IMLS support, the museum and its partners will develop a suite of maker tools and resources for libraries and museums. Read More

 
E-Verify: Employment Eligibility Verification Webinar for Public Librarians

May 07, 2014

IMLS will present the third webinar in the USCIS series on June 2 at 2:00 p.m. EST. Read More

 
IMLS Hosts Library Stakeholder Meeting May 15 at San Francisco Public Library

May 06, 2014

Watch the webcast of the library learning spaces discussion and join in on Twitter: #imlsfocus. Read More

 
National Museum and Library Services Board to Meet May 8, 2014

Apr 25, 2014

The public is invited to attend the meeting, which will focus on topics that are shaping future directions for museums and libraries. Read More

 
Institute of Museum and Library Services Announces Recipients of 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service
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Apr 24, 2014

Mrs. Obama will present the awards at a May 8 White House ceremony. Read More

 
IMLS Hosts Library Convening April 29 at the New York Public Library

Apr 16, 2014

Join the conversation on twitter: #imlsfocus. Read More

 
Institute of Museum and Library Services to Hold Public Hearing

Apr 07, 2014

Members of the media and the public are invited to the IMLS e-rate hearing on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. – noon EDT, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C. Read More

 
National Student Poets Amplify the Teen Voice for National Poetry Month
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Apr 01, 2014

Selected by a White House committee, student poetry ambassadors connect youth across the country to the dynamic art of literary self-expression Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: FY 14 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

Mar 31, 2014

Grants will prepare librarians to serve tribal communities, immigrants, underserved youth and preschoolers, rare book researchers, and many others. Read More

 
IMLS and Sloan Foundation Award $1 Million to ARL for SHARE Notification Service
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Mar 28, 2014

With IMLS and Sloan Foundation funding, ARL and its partners will create a notification system for the research community to learn of new findings, data, and reports. Read More

 
Institute of Museum and Library Services to Hold Public Hearing

Mar 19, 2014

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

Mar 19, 2014

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

 
IMLS Announces Library Grants for Continuing Education, the Future of Libraries, and Digital Youth

Mar 13, 2014

IMLS announced today grants totaling $328,659 for projects of the American Library Association (ALA), the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, Inc. (COSLA), and the University of Washington. Read More

 
Preview of FY 2011 Public Libraries Survey Available

Mar 12, 2014

IMLS presents a first look at the findings from the 2011 Public Library Survey, the most comprehensive survey about public libraries in the United States. Read More

 
IMLS Grant to Support Development of Library Digital Badging System

Mar 12, 2014

IMLS is awarding a $250,000 grant to the Brooklyn Public Library and its partner BiblioCommons for the creation and piloting of an online badging system for libraries. Read More

 
Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens Webinar: Wednesday, March 19
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Mar 11, 2014

Learn how museums and gardens can use the USDA’s MyPlate in programming and food service. Read More

 
President’s FY 2015 Budget Request Includes $226,448,000 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Mar 04, 2014

With the requested FY 2015 funds, IMLS will provide leadership for the nation’s libraries and museums through grant making, policy development, and research. Read More

 
Institute of Museum and Library Services Announces 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service Finalists
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Mar 03, 2014

Thirty institutions from across the country are finalists for the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Read More

 
Second Webinar in USCIS-IMLS Series for Public Librarians Scheduled for March 6

Feb 20, 2014

IMLS and USCIS will present the second in the free webinar series on March 6. Read More

 
Workshop Invitation for American Indian Libraries

Feb 20, 2014

IMLS, Department of the Interior, and the Federal Library Information Network (FEDLINK) present a day of Making Connections. Read More

 
Institute of Museum and Library Services Announces 20th Anniversary of National Medal Program
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Feb 19, 2014

IMLS celebrates 20 years of the award that has recognized 132 outstanding museums and libraries. Read More

 
Call for Applications: 2014 Native Hawaiian Library Services Program

Jan 28, 2014

The deadline for applications is April 1, 2014. Read More

 
IMLS Budget for FY 2014

Jan 23, 2014

The federal spending bill for FY 2014 includes $226,860,000 for IMLS. Read More

 
Results Released: Assessment of the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

Jan 17, 2014

IMLS today released the results of an independent study of its Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.​ Read More

 
Webinar on Immigration Resources for Public Librarians Scheduled

Jan 16, 2014

IMLS and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will present the first in a series of free webinars for public libraries about immigration and U.S. citizenship topics on February 4. Read More

 
$5.1 Million Awarded for Delving into Big Humanities and Social Science Data

Jan 15, 2014

IMLS joins nine international research funders to announce the winners of the third Digging into Data Challenge, highlighting innovative humanities and social science research using big data. Read More

 
National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Webinar January 16
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Jan 13, 2014

Libraries and Museums are encouraged to apply for the program, which has a deadline of February 10th.​ Read More

 
Call for Applications: 2014 Native American Library Services Basic and Enhancement Grants

Dec 16, 2013

The deadline for Native American Library Services Basic Grants and Enhancement Grants is March 3, 2014.​ Read More

 
Webinar on Immigration Resources for Public Librarians Is Postponed

Dec 11, 2013

Tomorrow’s Immigration and Naturalization 101 webinar will take place at a later date. Read More

 
 



UpNext Blog Posts


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

 
Blog Post: Interview: Delaware Division of Libraries
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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: Poets on Poets: Aline Dolinh
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Aug 25, 2014

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

 
Blog Post: Let’s Move Pittsburgh: Celebrating Champion Schools
Young explorers learn about building healthy lifestyles at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. (Photo by Cory Doman)

Aug 21, 2014

Let’s Move! Pittsburgh and the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens are partnering with local schools to promote healthy food choices and physical activity for students. Read More

 
Blog Post: Adults Celebrate Learning with Stories About Literacy
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Aug 20, 2014

The Oklahoma Department of Libraries recently published the book “Celebrating the Journey,” a compilation of writings of adult learners who received instruction in reading and writing from their libraries. Read More

 
Blog Post: Integrating Libraries and Museums in State-Level Early Learning Strategies

Aug 19, 2014

Learn more about how IMLS is partnering with the BUILD Initiative to meet critical early learning needs​ Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Idaho Commission for Libraries

Aug 18, 2014

Libraries in Idaho are advancing libraries as community anchor institutions and preparing new generations for college and careers through early literacy efforts and by promoting digital proficiency. Read More

 
Blog Post: Poets on Poets: Nathan Cummings
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Aug 15, 2014

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

 
Blog Post: Library Services Training in the Pacific Region
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Aug 13, 2014

Pacific island grantees convened at a training workshop in Honolulu, Hawaii, to discuss their projects with IMLS staff, share best practices, and obtain professional development training. Read More

 
Blog Post: IMLS Convenings Focus on Learning Spaces, STEM

Aug 12, 2014

IMLS hosted a series of strategic priority meetings designed to help inform future strategies, particularly for the National Leadership Grant program. Here are some takeaways from the convenings on learning spaces in libraries and STEM learning in libraries. Read More

 
Blog Post: Children’s Museum Takes Different Approach on Childhood Obesity
Kids at the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast climb the 10-foot carrot play structure, inspired by Spiffy’s Once Upon A Farm

Aug 11, 2014

In Florida, kids who visit the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast can climb on vegetable play structures and make their own pizzas with veggies from interactive gardens that teach children about nutrition and physical activity. Read More

 
Blog Post: Poets on Poets: Michaela Coplen
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Aug 11, 2014

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

 
Blog Post: CFPB Offers Free Materials and Other Resources for Libraries

Aug 08, 2014

Resources on financial literacy, such as print materials, program ideas, and web resources, are available to librarians from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Read More

 
Blog Post: Poets on Poets: Sojourner Ahebee
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Learn more about National Student Poet Sojourner Ahebee and the highlights of her year as an ambassador of poetry. Read More

 
Blog Post: Chantecler, a Barnyard Fantasy
“Chantecler” theater still, 1911. From the Theater Collection. Museum of the City of New York, 48.367.65.

Aug 05, 2014

An IMLS grant to the Museum of the City of New York gives us a look into rare photographs of 20th century theatre production. Read More

 
Blog Post: FTC’s Pass It On Campaign Helps Seniors Protect Each Other from Scams and Fraud

Aug 04, 2014

Librarians use new FTC resources to raise awareness about identity theft, scams, fraud, and other financial threats. Read More

 
Blog Post: Kids Stay Active at The Strong Museum All Year Long
A girl in the organic farm exhibit holding an egg.

Aug 01, 2014

Yoga, hopscotch, and planning healthy menus were among the Let’s Move!-themed activities offered at The Strong museum, designed to keep kids healthy and active during the summer months. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: New Hampshire State Library

Jul 31, 2014

The New Hampshire State Library is aiming to make sure the state’s small libraries can offer the same level service as urban libraries by forming partnerships and sharing resources so that all citizens can access the information they need. Read More

 
Blog Post: A Priority to Create More Inclusive Outdoor Experiences, Boosted with IMLS Support

Jul 22, 2014

The Massachusetts Audubon Society created better experiences for visitors with a wide range of vision, hearing, and mobility levels by adding sensory elements to eight ADA trails. Read More

 
Blog Post: Congress Passes Legislation Recognizing Libraries in Workforce Development

Jul 16, 2014

Congress passes sweeping overhaul of nation’s workforce law. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 affirms the role of libraries in assisting the country’s job seekers and employers. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Oklahoma Department of Libraries

Jul 15, 2014

The Oklahoma Department of Libraries is using LSTA funds to facilitate education, workforce development, and health outcomes, and to preserve community heritage. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Maryland Division of Library Development and Services

Jul 14, 2014

The Maryland Division of Library Development and Services is working with community partners to address accessibility, STEM learning, and digital literacy. Read More

 
Blog Post: Surveying the Present
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Jul 11, 2014

Maria Raviele describes how she employs her training as an anthropological archaeologist almost daily as an evaluation officer at IMLS. 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: Food, Glorious Food!
Student drawing of a fruit face mask

Jun 30, 2014

This summer the Bellefonte Art Museum will host a number of programs focusing on food, healthy eating, and the culinary arts. Read More

 
Blog Post: The National Student Poets Take New York (again!)

Jun 27, 2014

IMLS Director Hildreth met with the 2013 National Student Poets during their recent trip to New York for the Art.Write.Now.2014 National Exhibit. Hear what the teens had to say about their poetry events. Read More

 
Blog Post: Libraries and Adult Education Program Team Up on Digital Literacy
IMLS Director Susan Hildreth and OCTAE Acting Assistant Secretary Johan Uvin while attending the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).

Jun 26, 2014

IMLS Director Susan H. Hildreth and OCTAE Acting Assistant Secretary Johan Uvin release joint letter describing partnership. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Nebraska Library Commission

Jun 25, 2014

Federal library funding will strengthen employment assistance, improve access to government information and help people use technology. Read More

 
Blog Post: IMLS Celebrates Summer Learning Day
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Jun 20, 2014

Libraries and museums across the country offer fun family programs to keep children and teens learning in the summer. Read More

 
Blog Post: Making at the White House Maker Faire
A man makes pancakes with a pancake bot, a device that turns pancake batter into edible works of art.

Jun 18, 2014

First-ever White House Maker Faire brings people together to celebrate technology, tools, and tinkering. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Maine State Library

Jun 17, 2014

Maine State Library officials discussed various partnerships, including some to improve technology access and STEM learning, which were strengthened during the previous LSTA five-year plan and continue as a focus in the new plan. Read More

 
Blog Post: The African American Theater History Project: Bringing Together African American Theater and Cultural History from Libraries Around the Country
Actors on stage for the Penumbra Theatre production photo of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Jun 06, 2014

The project aims to bring digital access to collections that document African American theater. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Wyoming State Library

Jun 03, 2014

The Wyoming State Library is using LSTA funds to address state residents’ needs to bridge physical and digital divides. Read More

 
Blog Post: Civic Hacking 2.0: IMLS Celebrates Civic Hacking
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May 30, 2014

IMLS will provide three datasets for civic hackers to use to help improve communities and the governments that serve them. Read More

 
Blog Post: IMLS Convening Focuses on the National Digital Platform

May 30, 2014

More than 900 participated in webcast of IMLS Focus, a nationwide conversation about public access to digitized collections. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Florida Division of Library and Information Services

May 28, 2014

The Florida State Library is focusing LSTA funds on expanding broadband access, helping people find jobs, and connecting them to electronic government services. Read More

 
Blog Post: Archaeology and an Interdisciplinary Digital Age
An archaeologist mapping an excavation level during fieldwork.

May 27, 2014

Archaeologists are looking at ways to incorporate digital methods. Read More

 
Blog Post: Reach Higher at Your Museum or Library this Summer
Medals2014 Brooklyn

May 21, 2014

Kids are taking charge of their futures with library and museum programs that spark their ambitions and build skills Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: State Library of Louisiana

May 15, 2014

Continuing literacy, broadband access, and accessibility are among the many issues outlined in the Louisiana State Library’s five-year plan. Read more in this IMLS interview with Louisiana State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton. Read More

 
Blog Post: National STEM Video Game Challenge Winners Honored

May 05, 2014

The STEM Video Game Challenge demonstrates the power of video games to inspire learning and to foster a variety of skills ranging from critical thinking to collaboration, problem solving, and systems thinking. IMLS congratulates the 2013 winners. Read More

 
Blog Post: Public Record from IMLS Hearing on Libraries and Broadband Released
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler speaking at the IMLS Hearing on Libraries and Broadband

May 05, 2014

The record of our April 17 hearing on Libraries and Broadband is now available on the IMLS web site; you can read the transcript, see the video, and read public comments. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Hawaii State Public Library System

May 02, 2014

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: Ohio State Library

Apr 29, 2014

Ohio’s State Librarian Beverly Cain and Associate State Librarian for Library Development Missy Lodge highlight how Ohio uses federal funds to support literacy programs for the youngest learners in Ohio, provide free access to Ohio's Web Library which is especially important for many K-12 schools that are losing librarians, and much more. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records

Apr 25, 2014

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 Arizona state librarian about how they use federal funds and how the needs of library users in the state are changing.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: Community Members in 30 Cities and Towns Share Their Stories on IMLS Facebook Page
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Apr 22, 2014

Read first-hand accounts of how libraries and museums are changing lives. Read More

 
Blog Post: Children Who Visit Museums Have Higher Achievement in Reading, Math, and Science
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Apr 21, 2014

IMLS Senior Statistician Deanne W. Swan highlights findings that show the educational benefits of museum visits for kindergarten children. Read More

 
Blog Post: NTIA Releases 3 Case Studies Examining Impact of Broadband Grants Program on Connecting Libraries
Daniel set up an email account, update his resume, and apply for jobs online

Apr 21, 2014

Grants from the National Telecommunications & Information Administration to establish public computer centers with broadband in libraries are helping communities turn the corner on economic recovery. Read More

 
Blog Post: New Data: More than 90% of U.S. Public Libraries Have Used E-rate
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Apr 16, 2014

New analysis shows that participation is greater than expected. Read More

 
Blog Post: A National Partnership Supporting Financial Literacy at the Library
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Apr 16, 2014

IMLS and other federal agencies and library organizations are partnering with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to help libraries connect their customers to financial information, resources, and community experts. Read More

 
Blog Post: Libraries and Museums Can Help Feed Children This Summer
Summer Food Service Program USDA

Apr 11, 2014

Two webinars describe how museums and libraries can get involved in the USDA Summer Food Service Program. Read More

 
Blog Post: What Good is a Gig?
Maggie discovers 3D printing at the Chattanooga Public Library.

Apr 08, 2014

Partially funded by IMLS, the Inclusive Gigabit Libraries project shares case studies on libraries that are getting gigabit-speed internet connections. Read More

 
Blog Post: Digital Sensory Storytime Helps Autistic Children
Children in a library playing with an iPad

Apr 08, 2014

The Oakstone Academy is successfully demonstrating the effectiveness of interactive eBooks with autistic students. Read More

 
Blog Post: Museums United: A Convening of State Museum Associations
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Apr 07, 2014

Over 100 museum professionals met to explore the “state of state museum associations” during a two-and-a-half-day retreat at the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art. Read More

 
Blog Post: Celebrating National Poetry Month with the National Student Poets!
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The National Student Poets will be participating in events across the country during National Poetry Month. Read More

 
Blog Post: A Place for Literacy Volunteerism at the Library and Museum

Apr 02, 2014

Director Hildreth recognizes volunteer efforts in museums and libraries in honor of National Volunteer Week. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Georgia Public Library Service

Apr 01, 2014

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

 
Blog Post: Training for Librarians in Florida Tackles Autism Spectrum Disorder
A librarian helps an autistic teenager at the library.

Mar 27, 2014

Project PALS (Panhandle Autism Library Service) is reaching out to librarians to effectively serve autistic children and adults. Read More

 
Blog Post: Pioneer Sunday at UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures
ITC docents present interpretations of historic agriculture in Texas.

Mar 26, 2014

During a spring break program, San Antonio residents participated in family activities that stimulated exploration in home gardening, organic farming, and nutrition at the Institute of Texan Cultures.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: Letting the Sun Shine In: How Open Data Furthers Open Government

Mar 21, 2014

Open government and transparency are essential to ensuring the success of IMLS’s mission. IMLS recently released administrative data of awarded discretionary grants for the years 1996 to 2013. Read More

 
Blog Post: Digital Badging: An Opportunity for Libraries and Museums

Mar 19, 2014

Director Hildreth asks: Are badges in your future? Read More

 
Blog Post: NTIA Brings Broadband Opportunities to Alaska
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Mar 14, 2014

The Alaska State Library worked with the National Telecommunications & Information Administration to establish public computer centers at 97 public libraries across the state, and provide online technology training. Read More

 
Blog Post: Libraries Helping Communities Imagine the Possible

Mar 07, 2014

Senior Library Program Officer Mary Alice Ball recaps recent events that covered the impact of geo-mapping, crowdsourcing, and the E-rate. Read More

 
Blog Post: Representative Rush Holt (NJ) Teleconference Addresses Health Resources Demand at Libraries

Mar 07, 2014

In a recent teleconference, Director Hildreth joined Representative Rush Holt (NJ) with the goal of helping New Jersey library users navigate the wide range of health information available. Read More

 
Blog Post: How to Boost Your Creativity

Mar 05, 2014

A recent workshop at the Science Center of Virginia brought together 60 librarians from across the state to learn about STEM resources, get ideas for successful programs, and partner with their museum colleagues. Read More

 
Blog Post: Connected Communities in an Age of Digital Learning
A job and career center equipped with computers Hartford Public Library.

Mar 04, 2014

IMLS Director Susan Hildreth invites library participation in broadband policy discussions. Read More

 
Blog Post: Anchoring Communities at WebWise 2014
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Feb 25, 2014

IMLS’s annual WebWise conference explored digital technologies in museums and libraries through workshops, talks, and demonstrations. WiseCamp sessions were chosen by participants who voted for topics of interest using the interactive platform IdeaScale. Read More

 
Blog Post: A Year of Action

Feb 20, 2014

Director Hildreth reflects on the President’s State of the Union Address Read More

 
Blog Post: Tackling the Climate Change Conversation: Community of Practice Starts with IMLS Grant
Four Study Circle participants work to develop a poster.

Feb 20, 2014

What started out as an IMLS-funded working group of aquarium professionals has fostered new collaborations and project proposals across the country. Read More

 
Blog Post: Amplifying Kids Voices at Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh
Elementary school children in Pittsburgh, PA record their stories about food security and nutrition as part of Hear Me. Photo courtesy of Hear Me

Feb 19, 2014

Visitors to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will get to hear firsthand the importance of good nutrition and food security from local children. Read More

 
Blog Post: Promising Developments in Accessible Publishing
Jiangping Chen at WebWise

Feb 14, 2014

We are encouraged to see new developments in inclusive publishing for individuals who are blind or otherwise print disabled. Read More

 
Blog Post: At the Washington Celebration of National Digital Learning Day
Panelists at Digital Learning Day

Feb 06, 2014

IMLS’s Mary Alice Ball provides an update on the 2014 National Digital Learning Day. Read More

 
Blog Post: Thank you Chairman Wheeler!

Feb 05, 2014

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler emphasizes the role of libraries in his remarks at a National Digital Learning Day celebration at the Library of Congress Read More

 
Blog Post: Staying Active at The National Museum of Play

Jan 30, 2014

The National Museum of Play in Rochester, NY, is keeping kids active and healthy during the winter months.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: New York State Library

Jan 30, 2014

For more than 50 years, the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) has been the backbone of federal support for libraries in America. IMLS interviewed the New York state librarian about how New York uses federal funds and how the needs of library users in the state are changing. Read More

 
Blog Post: Share What You Know About Adult Literacy: Libraries Invited to Provide Input

Jan 23, 2014

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education is developing a national action plan to explore ways to improve the skills of adults in the United States. As important community learning spaces, libraries are encouraged to contribute and get involved. Read More

 
Blog Post: WiseCamp at WebWise 2014

Jan 23, 2014

This year WebWise will be revisiting an “unconference” format where the content of the conference is decided by the participants. Read More

 
Blog Post: WebWise to Feature Makerspaces in Libraries and Museums
Attendees at WebWise 2013 participate in a “maker space” workshop.

Jan 22, 2014

This year’s WebWise conference will highlight projects that draw attention to museums' and libraries’ participation in the maker movement. Read More

 
Blog Post: Financial Aid Toolkit: A One-Stop Shop for Financial Aid Resources

Jan 17, 2014

Many libraries have become the go-to place in their communities for financial information. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid recently launched a new website called the Financial Aid Toolkit for librarians and anyone who help students with the financial aid process. Read More

 
Blog Post: Thanks for a Great Year!
 Cover of 2013 IMLS Annual Report

Jan 16, 2014

The IMLS 2013 Annual Report looks back at an exciting year with significant achievements enriching the educational, cultural and civic life of our nation. Read More

 
Blog Post: Announcing WebWise Now

Jan 15, 2014

A new publication to create a sustained resource for the WebWise community has launched. WebWise Now is an experimental, edited publication that aggregates informally published resources from the open web that have been written by and for gallery, library, archive, and museum professionals about digitally-inflected projects. Read More

 
Blog Post: Nick Poole and Mary Flanagan to Deliver WebWise Keynote Addresses
Headshot of Nick Poole, CEO Collections Trust

Jan 14, 2014

WebWise 2014 will feature two keynote addresses from leaders in the field whose digital work has made a significant impact on the future of digital collections, management, and sustainability. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Tennessee State Library and Archives

Jan 13, 2014

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 Tennessee state librarian about how they use federal funds and how the needs of library users in the state are changing.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: a Call to Action

Jan 10, 2014

A new report funded by IMLS looks at how libraries can provide 21st century skills and workforce development to the 21st century teen. Read More

 
Blog Post: Innovative Programming: Wee Read West at Charlotte Mecklenburg
A child hugging the Cat in the Hat

Jan 08, 2014

An early learning program of the North Carolina State Library, funded by an IMLS National Leadership Grant, is helping children from birth to 5 years old read at grade-level. Read More

 
Blog Post: WebWise Workshops Announced

Jan 07, 2014

Eleven workshops were selected for the WebWise 2014 conference based on votes by conference participants.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: What is the Library of the Future?

Dec 17, 2013

“How Americans Value Public Libraries in their Communities,” a study by the Pew Internet in American Life Project, can spark new thinking about libraries’ importance. Read More

 
Blog Post: Crowd-sourcing Workshops for WebWise 2014
Screen capture of the WebWise IdeaScale website.

Dec 09, 2013

We invite registrants to WebWise 2014 to submit ideas for and vote on the workshop offerings they would like using IdeaScale. Read More

 
Blog Post: Growing an Early Literacy Initiative in Wisconsin
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A new public library initiative in Wisconsin aims to support caregivers of young children with information about early literacy. Read More

 
Blog Post: Film Forward: Furthering Cultural Understanding
Film Forward staff and federal partners after a panel discussion.

Dec 03, 2013

To kick off the 2014 Film Forward season, the Sundance Institute hosted filmmakers and federal partners to engage in conversations around the films that showcase the universal themes of communities in conflict, overcoming adversity, and the transformative power of art. Read More

 
Blog Post: State Library Guidebook: Support for Digital Literacy in Public Libraries
Cover of State Library Guidebook

Dec 02, 2013

A new digital literacy guidebook will help state libraries explore potential state-level investments and partnerships that advance digital literacy. Read More

 
Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Facility Extention Connects Past to Present
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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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