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IMLS Focus -- Funding Priorities 2015

In 2014, the Institute of Museum and Library Services piloted a series of meetings focused on desired impacts of federal funding for libraries. IMLS has planned another round of IMLS Focus meetings for 2015, kicking off in Washington, DC on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

This nationwide engagement tour to inform IMLS strategic priorities will consist of daylong meetings that allow for broad participation via webcast and social media. We will host three meetings between April and June, each focused on a different priority:

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
District of Columbia Public Library, Washington, DC
Focus: National Digital Platform

This convening will focus on the National Digital Platform, which is the combination of software applications, social and technical infrastructure, and staff expertise that provide content and services to all users in the United States.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015
Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, MO
Focus: Learning in Libraries

This convening will focus on learning in libraries, both for library users and the profession as a whole. It will extend the 2014 IMLS Focus conversations around learning spaces and STEM.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, CA
Focus: Engaging Communities

This convening will showcase libraries’ work to engage with their communities, through the lens of partnerships and serving diverse needs. It will examine the characteristics of successful projects.

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May 15, 2015: Third Library Stakeholder Meeting Set for June 2 at Los Angeles Public Library

April 29, 2015: IMLS Hosts Learning in Libraries Convening May 14 in Kansas City, MO

April 14, 2015: You’re Invited! IMLS Focus National Digital Platform Twitter Chat

April 14, 2015: IMLS Hosts April 28 Convening on the National Digital Platform

Through discussion with meeting attendees and broad representation from the country's libraries and library organizations, IMLS hopes to capture input that will help us move forward together.

View webcasts, notes, and more from the 2014 IMLS Focus meetings.