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

 
Dartmouth College’s Mary Flanagan and Collections Trust’s Nick Poole To Keynote WebWise 2014
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Nov 27, 2013

Registration is now open for the Institute of Museum and Library Services’s 2014 WebWise conference, which will take place February 10-12 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace in Baltimore, MD Read More

 
New Federal Webinar Series Explores Immigration Resources for Public Librarians

Nov 20, 2013

Join IMLS and USCIS for a free webinar, Immigration and Naturalization 101, December 12th, 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. EST Read More

 
Call for Applications: FY 2014 Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries

Nov 15, 2013

IMLS is accepting applications for Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries. The application deadline is February 3, 2014. Read More

 
IMLS Announces Effort to Strengthen State Museum Associations
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Nov 08, 2013

Association leaders to convene March 28 and 29 in Bentonville, Arkansas. Read More

 
Reissued with Corrections: National Museum and Library Services Board to Meet on November 15 in Birmingham

Oct 31, 2013

The Birmingham Public Library will host the 28th meeting of the National Museum and Library Services Board. Read More

 
Call for Applications: 2014 National Leadership Grants for Libraries

Oct 31, 2013

IMLS is accepting applications for National Leadership Grants for Libraries. The application deadline is February 3, 2014. Read More

 
National Museum and Library Services Board to Meet on November 15 in Birmingham

Oct 30, 2013

The Birmingham Public Library will host the 28th meeting of the National Museum and Library Services Board. Members of the public are invited to attend. Read More

 
IMLS Provides $4.3 Million for Early Learning Projects
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Oct 29, 2013

Museums and Libraries will address school readiness and summer reading loss with grants from IMLS. Read More

 
Webinars for Prospective Applicants Rescheduled; National Medal for Museum and Library Service Deadline Extended

Oct 18, 2013

IMLS has rescheduled five live webinars for people considering applying for IMLS grants and extended the deadline for its National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Read More

 
IMLS Provides $487,158 in Grants for Pacific Territories, Freely Associated States, and Hawaii

Sep 26, 2013

IMLS provides support for Pacific Territories, Freely Associated States, and U.S. Virgin Islands through a competitive process. Grants to the region include funding for a project in Honolulu, Hawaii.​ Read More

 
More than $14.6 Million in Federal Grants Awarded to U.S. Libraries

Sep 26, 2013

IMLS announced grants for 63 library projects across the nation through three grant programs, Native American Library Services Enhancement program, the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, and the National Leadership Grants for Libraries . Read More

 
Use of Small and Rural Libraries Grows in the Digital Age
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Sep 25, 2013

More than 77 percent of all public libraries in the United States are small. New IMLS data provide the first federal look at small and rural libraries. Read More

 
Second Annual Class of National Student Poets Appointed to Serve One Year as Literary Ambassadors
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Sep 24, 2013

Class of five high school writers selected by White House Committee for the National Students Poets Program, the nation’s highest honor for youth poets. Read More

 
Learn How Museums and Gardens Can Collaborate with Let’s Move! Cities, Towns, and Counties
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Sep 17, 2013

IMLS will host a free webinar to provide ideas and advice for museums and gardens that wish to collaborate with their local officials in the First Lady Michelle Obama’s Lets Move! initiative. Read More

 
Call for Applications for Five IMLS Museum Grant Programs for FY 2014

Sep 16, 2013

Grant guidelines for IMLS museum grant programs are now available. The application deadline for each of these programs is December 2, 2013. Read More

 
IMLS Awards Nearly $30 Million in Federal Grants to Museums across the U.S.

Sep 12, 2013

Across the country museums are innovating to engage their communities, creating exciting new learning experiences, and caring for their rich collections. IMLS will honor museum grantees at a workshop and ceremony in Washington, D.C., on September 18th. Read More

 
MEDIA ADVISORY: Event to Recognize Museum Recipients of Nearly $30 Million in IMLS Grants

Sep 12, 2013

A September 18th workshop and ceremony on Capitol Hill will highlight federal funding for hundreds of museum projects across the nation. Read More

 
IMLS Announces Grants of $25 Million for U.S. Museums

Sep 06, 2013

IMLS grants totaling $25,173,005 will be awarded for 186 museum projects through the nation’s two largest museum grant programs, Museums for America and National Leadership Grants for Museums. Read More

 
IMLS Announces Grant for National Forum on the Role of Public Libraries in Local Open Government

Aug 28, 2013

A $99,713 grant to the Center for Technology in Government at the University at Albany is designed to lead to a better understanding of how public libraries help citizens engage with local governments. Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: 2013 Native Hawaiian Library Services Grants

Aug 27, 2013

IMLS grant awards of $523,000 will provide a range of library services for Native Hawaiians, including culture-based literacy activities, genealogy workshops, and digital literacy training. Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: 2013 Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

Aug 27, 2013

IMLS grants of $899,616 will be awarded for 21 projects that help protect and preserve the cultural heritage of Native Americans and Native Hawaiian through a variety of museum activities. Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: 2013 Museum Grants for African American History and Culture

Aug 13, 2013

IMLS announced 11 awards today totaling $1,336,274 for Museum Grants for African American History and Culture. Read More

 
Call for Applications: FY 14 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

Jul 22, 2013

Applications are now being accepting for the 2014 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program. The program’s deadline is September 16, 2013. Read More

 
IMLS Announces Second Heritage Health Index

Jul 19, 2013

Heritage Preservation, working in cooperation with IMLS, will conduct a second Heritage Health Index. The original survey, conducted nearly 10 years ago, was the first comprehensive study to assess the condition of U.S. collections, across the entire spectrum of collecting institutions. Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: 2013 Native American Library Services Basic Grants

Jul 18, 2013

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced today grants serving 242 federally-recognized tribes and Alaska Native villages and corporations and totaling $1,672,000. Read More

 
ALA, IMLS Detail E-Health Resources for Library Staff

Jul 18, 2013

For many people the library is the place to go for health information. More than 28 million people used library computers for health information in one year. As the October 1 opening of the Health Insurance Marketplace approaches, library staff need to be prepared to connect patrons to online resources and community connections. Read More

 
84 Museums Will Participate in the Conservation Assessment Program

Jul 16, 2013

For 2013, 84 museums in 34 states will participate CAP, which assists small museums in providing appropriate care for endangered collections. CAP is administered by Heritage Preservation and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through its National Leadership Grants for Museums program.​ Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: 2013 Sparks! Ignition Grants

Jul 16, 2013

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced 21 awards totaling $496,978 matched with $408,150 of non-federal funds for Sparks! Ignition Grants. Read More

 
National STEM Video Game Challenge Names Winners of Third Annual Competition
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Jul 11, 2013

The 2013 challenge generated nearly 4,000 entries from middle school and high school students. This year, IMLS-sponsored workshops encouraged libraries and museums to promote the competition and support participation. Read More

 
IMLS and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to Partner with Libraries

Jul 01, 2013

IMLS announces a $286,104 award to OCLC’s WebJunction to meet public demand for information about the Health Insurance Marketplace. Read More

 
Landmark Treaty for Visually-Impaired Persons
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Jun 28, 2013

Historic multilateral treaty will oblige all nations to establish copyright exceptions for people with print disabilities. Read More

 
Call for Nominations: 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service
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The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is now accepting nominations for the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Museums and libraries that would like to be considered for the National Medal should complete the nomination form by October 15, 2013. Read More

 
IMLS @ ALA

Jun 26, 2013

Visit IMLS at Booth #539 at the American Library Association Conference in Chicago. Read More

 
New Report Highlights Roles of Libraries and Museums in Preparing Young Children for Success
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Jun 20, 2013

Libraries and museums are effective, but often overlooked resources in our nation’s effort to turn around a crisis in early learning, exposing children to reading and powerful learning experiences in the critical early years and keeping them learning through the summer months, according to a report issued today by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. Read More

 
Inaugural Class of National Digital Stewardship Residents Selected

Jun 19, 2013

The Library of Congress, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, has selected 10 candidates for the inaugural class of the National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) program. The nine-month program begins in September 2013. Read More

 
MEDIA ADVISORY: Report Highlights Roles of Libraries and Museums in School Success

Jun 17, 2013

High level Department of Education and Health and Human Services officials join IMLS and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading to launch a new report on early learning. Anacostia Library in Washington, DC, hosts June 20 event. Read More

 
White House Highlights Museum and Library “Champions of Change”
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Jun 10, 2013

On Tuesday, June 11th, the White House will honor twelve people as museum and library “Champions of Change,” for their work making a difference for their neighborhoods and for our nation. Read More

 
IMLS and WebJunction Convening Examines Continuing Education for Library Professionals

Jun 06, 2013

The Institute of Museum and Library Services and WebJunction hosted a convening of fifteen library organizations for an upcoming report on state of continuing education. Read More

 
2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Finalists Announced
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May 22, 2013

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and its cultural partners, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, are proud to recognize 50 exceptional programs for their work in providing rich arts and humanities learning opportunities for young people. The NAHYP Award is the nation’s highest honor for out-of-school arts and humanities programs. Read More

 
IMLS Invites Civic-Minded Techies to Hack Agency Data
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May 21, 2013

The first National Day of Civic Hacking is June 1 and 2, 2013. More than 90 sites across the country are planning events that will bring together techies, entrepreneurs, do-gooders, and activists to invent new tools using publicly-released data from local, state and federal government agencies. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is joining in, contributing challenges and data about museums and libraries. Read More

 
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Swears In Five Presidential Appointees to the National Museum and Library Services Board

May 09, 2013

Althemese Pemberton Barnes, Vishakha Desai, Tammie Kahn, George Kerscher, and Jacquelyn K. Sundstrand were appointed by President Barack Obama. Read More

 
National Medal for Museum and Library Service to Be Awarded Today at White House
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May 08, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama presents the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. White House celebration recognizes exceptional contributions of 10 museums and libraries. Read More

 
Primary Source Acting Director's Message -- June 2010
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Jun 17, 2010

This year, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which ensures the civil rights of people with disabilities. The need to recommit to the ADA is growing. Nearly 20 percent of people aged five and older have some type of long-lasting condition or disability, according to the 2000 U.S. Census. Read More