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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 is currently planning 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 will 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.

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.

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.

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 and make federal investments that will most effectively support broad access to digital materials for the American people.

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