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IMLS Focus -- Funding Priorities 2014

Today’s libraries are developing new ways to help their communities maximize educational and economic opportunities. IMLS held a series of meetings to hear from a broad range of stakeholders about future IMLS funding strategies, particularly for the agency’s National Leadership Grant program. The kickoff event, held at the New York Public Library on April 29, examined how IMLS can best support national digital initiatives.

IMLS Deputy Director for Libraries Maura Marx lead the series of nationally webcasted meetings with library leaders and other experts. IMLS invites broad participation via the webcasts and social media. Library professionals and the public are invited to view webcasts of the meeting and to submit questions and ideas via Twitter at #imlsfocus or by email at

These interactive events spotlight the importance of strong libraries to benefit all Americans and will explore three areas of funding that align with the agency’s three goals, supporting libraries’ role in providing opportunities for lifelong learning, anchors for community engagement, and access to content.

New York City: A National Digital Platform

Tues, April 29th
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM ET

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(PDF, 219KB)

San Francisco: Learning Spaces in Libraries

Thursday, May 15th
8:30am – 3:30pm PT

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(PDF, 350KB)

Chicago: STEM Learning in Libraries

Thursday, June 5th
9am – 4pm CT
(Rescheduled from June 3)

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(PDF, 340KB)

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