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Blog Post: Digital Inclusion: Whose Job Is It?
Digital Inclusion Infographic

WebJunction launched the infographic, “The Internet Is Important To Everyone,” to bring attention to the impact broadband has on our lives and offer actions our communities can take. Read More

Blog Post: Professor Wellbody Teaches Good Health to Pacific Science Center Visitors

Jul 29, 2013

Pacific Science Center’s exhibit, Professor Wellbody’s Academy of Health & Wellness, showcases how our daily personal choices can positively affect our health and well-being for years to come. Read More

Blog Post: From Graphic Novels to Traveling Pop Up Exhibits: New Directions in Public Outreach

Jul 26, 2013

Indiana Historical Society’s Tamara Hemmerlein recaps her ALA presentation about building public support for heritage preservation. Read More

Blog Post: Got libraries? A site visit to America’s Dairyland

Jul 25, 2013

For IMLS State Programs, summer is known as the high season for site visits. Program Specialist Teresa DeVoe and her colleague Timothy Owens visited Wisconsin to learn how federal funding for Wisconsin public libraries benefits residents there. Read More

Blog Post: Diversity-Centered Programming Enhances Cultural Understanding
Gloria Tibbs

Jul 24, 2013

Gloria Tibbs was honored as a White House Champion of Change for her leadership and commitment to libraries and museums around the United States. At University of Missouri-Kansas City Tibbs develops programming opportunities to enhance cultural understanding and celebrate diversity. Read More

Blog Post: : Embracing Creativity

Jul 23, 2013

Columbus Museum of Art Executive Director Nanette Maciejunes and Community Member Jeffrey Tucker talk about how the ArtLab program helps teens discover creativity through the art museum. Read More

Blog Post: Enchanted Garden Explorer Packs
Enchanted Garden

Jul 22, 2013

With explorer packs, kids can explore the Peter Rabbit Patch at Howard County Library's Enchanted Garden. Children can use Old Mrs. Rabbit's grocery list to find vegetables growing throughout the garden and learn the difference between root vegetables and leafy vegetables, all favorites of Peter Rabbit!​ Read More

Blog Post: Rev Your Engines

Jul 18, 2013

Sparks! Ignition Grants Gear Up to Explore Innovations in Library and Museum Service. Read More

Blog Post: AAHC Forum: The Growing Impact of Haitian Art and Culture
Talking with an artist at the Haitian Heritage Museum

Jul 18, 2013

The Haitian Heritage Museum has been a steward of Haitian art exhibitions, dance performances, and educational programming in Southeastern Florida and is increasing programming within the facility, schools, colleges, and the greater community. Read More

Blog Post: Catalysts for Change: Museums and Library Partnerships in the 21st Century
Elizabeth Babcock

Jul 17, 2013

Elizabeth Babcock was honored as a White House Champion of Change for her leadership and commitment to libraries and museums around the United States. Babcock leads a team of educators, designers, and biologists who deliver programs focusing on STEM. Read More

Blog Post: Joyful Experiences of Discovery

Jul 16, 2013

Boston Children’s Museum President and CEO Carole Charnow and community member Tayquan Pomare-Taylor, talk about how the BNY Mellon Youth Leaders Program brings teens from the community to work in the museum. Read More

Blog Post: Kicking Off the 2013 Let’s Read! Let’s Move! Summer Series
Kickoff of the Let's Read! Let's Move! series.

Jul 15, 2013

The Let’s Read! Let’s Move! initiative encourages Americans to get involved with preventing summer reading loss and childhood obesity by engaging youth in summer reading and physical activity, as well as providing information about healthy, affordable food. Read More

Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Convening 101 – Fostering a Community of Practice
Mark McCormick,John Franklin, Michele Parchment, Linda Colet, at table discussion

Jul 11, 2013

A new format at the 2013 convening of IMLS African American History and Culture grantees brought people together who share a common passion, interest, or experience in the AAHC field. Read More

Blog Post: AAHC Forum: So I’ve Got this Thing…Resources for Collections Care

Jul 11, 2013

Newer and smaller institutions may face challenges in collections management and an overwhelming ratio of items to staff. Registrar Tracey Berg-Fulton describes collections care resources that provide guidance for museums. Read More

Blog Post: The Nature of Childhood
Headshot of Dave Becker

Jul 10, 2013

David Becker was honored as a White House Champion of Change for his leadership and commitment to libraries and museums around the United States. Becker is an educator and museum professional who serves as a leader for NatureStart, the Chicago Zoological Society’s groundbreaking and comprehensive early childhood initiative. Read More

Blog Post: A Day of Sharing and Learning
Participants watching a presentation at the NANH Convening

Jul 09, 2013

Grantees from the IMLS Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program gathered at Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, to learn about each other’s projects, share their experiences, and meet one another in person. Read More

Blog Post: Running with Animals and Athletes
A photo of the track and digital screen at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science's Sports Run Exhibit

Jul 08, 2013

Have you ever wanted to race a professional athlete or a T-Rex? At the Perot Museum of Nature and Science’s Sports Run Exhibit, you can do just that! Read More

Blog Post: Transforming Communities through Child-Centered Learning
Cheryl McCallum headshot

Jul 05, 2013

Cheryl McCallum is being honored as a White House Champion of Change for her leadership and commitment to libraries and museums around the United States. At the Children’s Museum of Houston she works to transform communities through innovative child-centered learning in one of the most dynamic and diverse large cities in the nation. Read More

Blog Post: Libraries, USCIS Join Forces to Serve the Immigrant Community
Library and USCIS leaders signing a Memorandum of Understanding.

Jul 03, 2013

IMLS partners with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to provide public libraries with immigration and citizenship resources and training. Read More

Blog Post: At Rockwood Library, Nourishing a Summer Reading List
Kids gather at Rockwood branch library in outer Soiutheast Portland. Jamie Francis/The Oregonian

Jul 03, 2013

With the help of Volunteers of America and Catering for a Cause, the Rockwood branch of the Multnomah County Library will offer hot lunches as part of the federal summer food program, the first library in the area to participate. Read More

Blog Post: Landmark Treaty For The Visually Impaired
Marrakech Signing

Jul 02, 2013

The World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) Diplomatic Conference for Visually Impaired Persons concluded in Marrakesh, Morocco with a signing ceremony for the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled.​ Read More

Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Wake Up and Smell the Possibilities
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

Jun 27, 2013

With the help of an IMLS grant the Mosaics Templar Cultural Center was able to hire collections and education staff. Read More

Blog Post: Mismatch Between Graduates’ Information Skills and Employers' Needs
Thought bubbles

Jun 26, 2013

Project Information Literacy looks into how recent college graduates use virtual and in-person research skills to find and use information in the workplace. Read More

Blog Post: We Could All Use a Level Up
Matther Winner

Jun 26, 2013

Matthew Winner is being honored as a White House Champion of Change for his leadership and commitment to libraries and museums around the United States. Winner uses the power of video games to help students make meaningful connections with what they're learning. Read More

Blog Post: Museums, Libraries Play an Important Role in Early Learning
Hildreth, Smith, and Semmel at the launch of the early learning report.

Jun 25, 2013

A new report from IMLS and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading shows how libraries and museums prepare young children for success. Read More

Blog Post: Summertime in the Garden
Chefs in the garden

Jun 24, 2013

School’s out and summer is here! Have you visited your local garden? The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins, Colo., have summer camps that teach kids how to eat healthy. Read More

Blog: AAHC Forum: A Dream Becomes Reality

Jun 20, 2013

A museum that started off as a father and son project received a Conservation Assessment Program grant to help the museum grow. Read More

Blog: Celebrating Museums and Libraries Champions of Change

Jun 20, 2013

IMLS Director Susan Hildreth reflects on the Museum and Library Champions of Change. On June 11, the White House honored twelve museum and library professionals who are strengthening educational, civic and cultural life in American communities. Read More

Blog: Student-Designed Apps Address Real University Research Needs
2013 Library Mobile App Student Competition Winners

Jun 19, 2013

How would college students design library software if they were in charge? The Undergraduate Library at the University of Illinois gave students the opportunity to do just that. Read More

Blog: Pilot Project Serves Free Summer Lunch to Kids in Libraries
Eating summer lunch at the Elmhurst Branch of the Oakland Public Library.

Jun 17, 2013

In conjunction with summer reading programs, the “Summer Lunch at the Library” program will serve free healthy lunches in public libraries throughout California to keep kids’ bellies and minds nourished. Read More

Blog: AAHC Forum: Collections Management Initiatives: Big Things Are Happening at the Harvey B. Gantt Center
gantt 1

Jun 13, 2013

Using IMLS funding, the Gantt Center hired a collections management consultant to improve inventory, collection management software, conservation, disaster recovery, and digital planning. Read More

Blog Post: Food Revolution Day Pittsburgh
Chef Stephanie Gelberd shares her recipe for baked tortilla chips as part of her cooking demonstration.

Jun 10, 2013

The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens took part in Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day with healthy cooking demonstrations and a walking challenge. Read More

Blog Post: From Maker Fairs to Meet-Ups, Museums and Libraries Enjoy Hacking Celebration
Participants at the National Day of Civic Hacking

Jun 07, 2013

IMLS joined other federal agencies to provide data and challenges for civic hackers in the first ever National Day of Civic Hacking. Read More

Blog Post: Every Library and Museum in America, Mapped
Museum Map

Jun 07, 2013

Have you ever wondered how many libraries and museums there are in America? There are probably far more of both than you think. Read More

Blog Post: Let's Move! Family Day

Jun 03, 2013

Children, parents, and grandparents joined staff at the University of Mississippi Museum for a day of hiking, healthy eating, and activities as the woods came to life for them through art. Read More

Blog Post: A Mississippi Gulf Coast Album
Biloxi Under Seven Flags.

May 31, 2013

An IMLS grant to the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Archives helped complete the preservation and captioning of the premiere photographic collections of South Mississippi that survived Hurricane Katrina. Read More

AAHC Forum: Field Trips Are for Interns Too!
History Keepers interns and supervisors on the first field trip.

May 30, 2013

Interns at the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center go on field trips to learn about history, culture, and career opportunities in the museum field. Read More

Blog Post: AAHC Forum: The Gathering Place Project-Training and Sustaining in North Carolina
Students at Fayetteville State University

May 23, 2013

An IMLS Grant helped create the Gathering Place Project in North Carolina, a program that will provide statewide assistance to grow best practices in African American museum spaces. Read More

Blog Post: Calling All Hackers!
Susan Hildreth

May 22, 2013

IMLS will be a part of the first ever National Day of Civic Hacking, June 1 and 2. Find out how you can get involved. Read More

Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Improving Education and Collections
Dion Brown and James McWilliams examine a piece in the museum’s collection.

May 16, 2013

An IMLS grant helps the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center provide education resources to local schools and implement a permanent cataloguing system. Read More

AAHC Forum: Preserving History and Culture at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Chris Miller

May 09, 2013

A former historical interpreter and re-enactor describes how his role preserving history has changed now that he serves as program manager of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Read More

Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Succession Plan Plays Key Role in Museum Merger

May 09, 2013

Succession planning and leadership development helps the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the Cincinnati Museum Center merge. Read More

Blog Post: A Thing of Beauty by Luisa Banchoff
Luisa Banchoff

May 08, 2013

IMLS salutes the country’s first National Student Poets. Today’s featured poet is Luisa Banchoff of Arlington, Va. Read More

Blog Post: Meeting the Needs of 21st Century Teens
Girl reading books in library

May 03, 2013

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Summit on Libraries & Teens was the first conversation point in a yearlong National Forum that continues with a virtual town hall meeting on May 21.​ Read More

Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Database and Inventory Completion Contribute to AWC’s Momentum
Woman numbering collections.

May 02, 2013

A brand new collections database focuses on improving preservation practices. Read More

Blog Post: Lessons In Fifths By Lylla Younes
Lylla Younes

May 01, 2013

IMLS salutes the country’s first National Student Poets. Today’s featured poet is Lylla Younes from Alexandria, La. Read More

Blog Post: Looking for Research Data Stories?
Data Curation Profile Directory

Apr 30, 2013

Purdue University Libraries launched the Data Curation Profiles Directory, a new tool for library and information science professionals, archivists, IT professionals, and others working on data curation.​ Read More

Blog Post: Library Helps Local Businesses
Workforce development and library partners.

Apr 26, 2013

The Howell Carnegie Library in Michigan used the power of partnerships to expand their workforce development services. Read More

Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Former Journalist Reviving Lost History, Culture at The Kansas African American Museum
Mark McCormick

Apr 25, 2013

Journalist turned museum director connects Kansans to their state’s historical DNA. Read More

Blog Post: Orpheus by Miles Hewitt
Miles Hewitt

To mark National Poetry Month, IMLS salutes the country’s first National Student Poets. Today’s featured poet is Miles Hewitt from Vancouver, Wash. Read More

Blog Post: Piggy Bank Tales: Teaching Children how to Manage Money
Piggy Bank Tales

Apr 24, 2013

Piggy Bank Tales uses the trust that participants have in their librarian to start a dialogue between the adult and child concerning money. Read More

Blog Post: HELP Advance: Supporting the Small Museum
KCHELP Workshop

Apr 23, 2013

The Hands-on Experiential Learning Project (HELP) is a professional development training program that addresses the specific needs of small and mid-size museum professionals. Read More

Blog Post: Uncovering the Hidden Reproductive Lives of Salamanders
Salamander Ultrasound

Apr 22, 2013

For Earth Day, IMLS presents blogs by two scientists who are working on an IMLS-funded project to save salamanders that are in danger of extinction worldwide. Read More

Blog Post: Saving Salamanders with Science
An adult tiger salamander.

Apr 22, 2013

For Earth Day, IMLS presents blogs by two scientists who are working on an IMLS-funded project to save salamanders that are in danger of extinction worldwide. Read More

Blog Post: Connecting Worlds Through Internet and Imagination

Apr 19, 2013

In this video, library director Paul Paladino and community member Jaimy Fulbright talk about how the Naturita Community Library brings people together in this small town and continues to grow with the community. Read More

Blog Post: Laws of Thermodynamics by Claire Lee
Claire Lee

Apr 17, 2013

To mark National Poetry Month, IMLS salutes the country’s first National Student Poets. Today’s featured poet is Claire Lee, from New York, N.Y. Read More

Blog Post: Library of Congress Naturalization Ceremony and New Partnership with USCIS
IMLS Director Susan Hildreth addresses the new citizens.

Apr 16, 2013

At a Library of Congress Naturalization Ceremony, IMLS and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced a partnership to encourage collaboration between citizen and immigration services and public libraries. Read More

Blog Post: Libraries and Museums Bring Communities Together During Difficult Times

Apr 16, 2013

Statement from Director Susan Hildreth on Boston. Read More

Blog Post: Get Involved: Powered By Your Library
San Jose tutor and learner.

Apr 12, 2013

The California State Library launched a statewide initiative to expand the visibility and contributions of skilled volunteers in public libraries. Read More

Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Navigating the Bumps: Coping with Personnel Changes in “Mid-Grant”
The Kansas African American Museum

Apr 11, 2013

The Kansas African American Museum shares valuable lessons about staff recruitment and retention. Read More

Blog Post: Change is What This Library Does Best

Apr 10, 2013

In this video, Shaler North Hills Library director Sharon McRae and community member Janet Miller talk about how the library adapts their programming to meet the changing needs of the community. Read More

Blog Post: Museums and Libraries Making a Difference: Hundreds of Stories Shared on IMLS Facebook Page
Share Your Story

Apr 04, 2013

Director Hildreth recaps IMLS’s first year celebrating finalists for the National Medal for Museum and Library Services and the Share Your Story initiative. Read More

Blog: AAHC Forum: Life as a MP: Museum Professionals Saturday Exploratory Series Presented by the Hampton University Museum
Student working with an African American mask.

Apr 04, 2013

An IMLS Grant to the Hampton University Museum helped create hands-on, interactive workshops to expose high school students to a wide array of careers within the museum and archival fields. Read More

Blog Post: The Power of Nature in Garfield Park

Apr 03, 2013

In this video, community member Tiara Livingston and Director Eunita Rushing discuss how teen programs at the Garfield Park Conservatory inspires and educates youth in the community. Read More

Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Amistad and Haitian Agencies Discuss Exhibition
Amistad Research Center

Mar 28, 2013

Haiti’s Presidential Advisory Commission for Economic Growth and Investment are in talks with the Amistad Research Center with hopes to make Amistad’s artwork available for Haitian academic researchers and public exhibition in Haiti. Read More

Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Collection Reorganization Makes Art Borrowing Easier

Mar 28, 2013

A reorganized art collection and borrowing system prepares the Amistad Research Center for general access and future exhibitions. Read More

Blog Post: Caring about Kindergarten at the Long Island Children’s Museum

Mar 27, 2013

A bilingual summer program at the Long Island Children’s Museum helps children of immigrant families prepare for kindergarten. Read More

Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Digitized Texas Southern University Collection Draws New Appreciation and Interest
LaStarsha McGarrity working on a mural by Kermit Oliver.

Mar 22, 2013

Immediate access through digital media raises profile of collection that is the cultural fabric of Texas Southern University. Read More

Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Texas Southern University Students Help Catalog African American Art
D’Andre Holmes, an Art Major at TSU.

Mar 22, 2013

Work inspires new perspective on collections management and career possibilities. Read More

Blog Post: Everyone On! Libraries Play Essential Role in Connect2Compete Campaign
Everyone On

Mar 21, 2013

A public awareness campaign launches today that will help empower people who aren’t Internet users, to get the training they need to get online. Read More

Blog Post: From Resumes to Robots

Mar 20, 2013

Community member Willie Wright and library director Jody Risacher talk about the Cumberland County Public Library’s programs serve their community, from career development services to science projects for kids. Read More

Blog Post: Community Scientists Wow Museum Visitors
Powerhouse Science Center

Mar 20, 2013

Museum educators at the Powerhouse Science Center create practical guide to help local scientists build new skills. Read More

Blog Post: Museums as Dinner Table: Dialogues on Immigration

Mar 19, 2013

This spring, participants of the Immigration and Civil Rights Network will discuss immigration issues and work together to bring those dialogues to their museums. Read More

Blog Post: A Teacher’s Reflection on Developing a Model for Technology-Based Museum School Partnerships
Cuba Rushford Middle School1

Mar 15, 2013

A middle school social studies class in upstate New York teamed up with the educational director at the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts to help students create “digital artifacts” based on the museum’s collection. Read More

Blog Post: A Cooperstown Close-up: Developing a Model for Technology-Based Museum School Partnerships
Baseball Hall of Fame

Mar 15, 2013

By linking up classroom educators and museum educators, the Baseball Hall of Fame has used distance learning to educate kids in geography, economics, math, and civil rights history. Read More

Blog Post: Whose Learning Is It Anyway? (WebWise 2013)

Mar 14, 2013

As everything from report cards to student artwork goes digital, WebWise Keynote speaker Audrey Watters asks “Whose Learning is it Anyway?” Read More

Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Forgotten Communities: Discovering and Recovering Baptisttown
Evansville African American Museum

Mar 14, 2013

The Evansville African American Museum worked with high school and college students on oral history projects to collect and preserve the war memories of Baptisttown and Lincoln Gardens residents. Read More

Blog Post: With Digital Technologies, Can School Libraries Help Transform Learning?
EF Media Lab / Photo: Ben Filio

Mar 13, 2013

Educators from across the country are using digital technologies to create more opportunities for experiential, hands-on learning. Read More

Blog Post: Getting a Second Chance at 67

Mar 13, 2013

An adult literacy program at the Contra Costa library helped Gladys Leeks, age 67, learn how to read.​ Read More

Blog Post: Feeling at Home at Park View High School Starts in the Library

Mar 07, 2013

Park View Library Media Center Specialists Jennifer Fisher and Candace Main Rush and community member Pablo Rivera traveled to Washington from Sterling, VA to receive the National Medal for Museum and Library Service and spoke to IMLS about how the library impacts the community. Read More

Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Digital Preservation of Jazz Film Creates a Unique Internship Experience
The John H. Baker Jazz Film Collection exhibition showcases the films in a small theater with four view kiosks.

Mar 07, 2013

As young professionals, interns at the American Jazz Museum gained valuable experience with film preservation and research through work completed during the internship. Read More

Blog Post: The Important Role of Libraries in the Hours After School

Mar 05, 2013

Learning Labs and conferences like the Teens and Libraries Summit showcase how libraries provide expanded learning opportunities for kids after school. Read More

Blog Post: Helping Develop a Visitor-Centered Museum
Beth Maloney gives a presentation

Mar 04, 2013

This IMLS-funded workshop series focuses on developing skills and knowledge of museum staff to improve the visitor’s experience. Read More

Blog Post: From Snakes to Chemistry, and Everything in Between

Feb 27, 2013

The National Medal for Museum and Library Services is the nation's highest honor for libraries and museums that are serving their communities in exceptional ways. Pacific Science Center President and CEO Brice Seidl and community member Andrea Rose Nichols explain how the museum aims to inspire a lifelong interest in science. Read More

Blog Post: AAHC Forum: African American Museum in Philadelphia Fellows Prepare Motown Exhibit
AAMP Supremes Exhibit

Feb 21, 2013

Graduate fellows at the African American Museum in Philadelphia crafted a compelling historical account of 20th-century African American culture by using archival materials from Motown legend, The Supremes.​ Read More

Blog Post: Growing a Strong Middle Class

Feb 20, 2013

Libraries and museums are taking leadership roles in their communities and tackling tough problems. ​ Read More

Blog Post: Taking the Challenge Out of Modern Art

Feb 20, 2013

Museum of Contemporary Art director Bonnie Clearwater and community member Kassandra Timothe traveled to Washington from North Miami, FL to receive the national medal and spoke to IMLS about how the museum impacts the community. Read More

Blog Post: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Best Buy Announce Connect 2 Compete Partnership
IMLS Director and partners meet at HUD

Feb 15, 2013

Launch of digital literacy training initiative will reach residents of public housing. Read More

Blog Post: Project ENABLE Launches Training Website to Better Serve Students with Disabilities

Feb 15, 2013

Librarians and other educators can freely access high quality, comprehensive, train-the-trainer continuing education program. Read More

Blog Post: WebWise Workshops and Descriptions Now Available

Feb 15, 2013

Based on the outcome of participant feedback, we are announcing the WebWise workshops for this year’s conference. Read More

Blog Post: Teens, Children and Community are a Winning Combination

Feb 13, 2013

Bootheel Youth Museum director Patsy Reublin and community member Lauren Collins, talk about helping kids learn about math and science and winning the National Medal for Museum Library Services. Read More

Blog Post: Out-of-School Takes Center Stage
Expanded Learning

Feb 13, 2013

New resource highlights the positive outcomes of learning after school and during the summer. Read More

Blog Post: Learning Space Toolkit: A Resource for Designing and Sustaining Technology-Rich Informal Learning Spaces

Feb 08, 2013

National Leadership Grantees launch the Learning Space Toolkit -- a freely available resource designed to support the full lifecycle of a learning space design project, from defining the goals and needs to designing the space to supporting it. Read More

Blog Post: Places to Play in New Orleans
Places to Play Cover

The Louisiana Children's Museum, a Let’s Move! museum, helped four-year olds share the spotlight as New Orleans kicked off kick off Super Bowl festivities. Read More

Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Informal Networks Can Be the Key to Your Success: Don’t Hesitate to Ask for Help
Kathe-Hambrick Jackson, President of AAAM, and Former President Lawrence Pijeaux at the White House. Photo Credit: Kathe Hambrick-Jackson, Dec 2010.

Feb 07, 2013

Kathe Hambrick-Jackson, founder and director of the River Road African American Museum, explains how partnerships and collaborations within the museum community helped in the staff development project. Read More

Blog Post: Tell Us About Your Project Ideas!

Feb 07, 2013

Want to know how to turn your partnership and programs dreams into reality? The first step for WebWise participants is a survey. Read More

Blog Post: Announcing the Director’s Choice Workshop for WebWise 2013: “Designing Prize Competitions”

Feb 05, 2013

WebWise will be offering an additional Director’s Choice workshop titled Designing Prize Competitions led by Jenn Gustetic, NASA’s Prizes and Challenges Program Executive. Read More

Blog Post: Director Hildreth Signs "Declaration of Learning"
SIgning of the Declaration of Learning Jan 2013

Feb 01, 2013

IMLS joined other agencies and service organizations for a ceremony at the U.S. State Department to celebrate a "Declaration of Learning." Read More

Blog Post: Spotlight on Project Demonstrations: 21-Tech and the Children’s Museum of Houston

Feb 01, 2013

WebWise 2013 will feature nine project demonstrations that embrace the strategic goals of IMLS. Read More

Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Gaining Knowledge through Research and Role Models
Keila Dumas places the finishing touch on a display for Tuskegee Airman, Roy Spencer. Photo courtesy of the Meek-Eaton Black Archives.

Jan 31, 2013

Undergraduate student, Keila Dumas, felt a sense of connection--to artifacts, faculty, visitors, and other fellows--during her experience as an I AMM fellow at the Carrie Meek-James Eaton Black Archives Research Center and Museum. Read More

Blog Post: AAHC Forum: CURE-ating: A Doctorial Pursuit
I AMM Fellow Anthony Thompson browses archival material. Photo courtesy of the Meek-Eaton Black Archives

Jan 31, 2013

As an I AMM fellow at Florida A & M University graduate student Anthony T. Thompson gained hands-on archival experience in visitor services, public programming, and exhibit development, and it helped him become a better researcher, as he pursued his studies in history. Read More

Blog Post: Hatch Your Project Ideas at the Project/Partnership Incubator Session

Jan 29, 2013

The Project/Partnership Incubator sessions for WebWise 2013 will offer attendees the chance to incubate project and collaboration ideas for pursuing funding opportunities. Read More

Blog Post: Share Your Project: Lunchtime Lightning Talks

Jan 25, 2013

WebWise participants have the opportunity to sign up for "Lightning Talks" to share the lessons learned, goals, and achievements of their institution’s digital projects. Read More

Blog Post: A More Powerful School Library Catalogue
Marcia Mardis

Jan 25, 2013

The Digital Libraries to School Libraries (DL2SL) project launches its updated digital resource cataloging tool, Web2MARC. Read More

Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Discovering History: Lessons to Treasure
I AMM Fellow Lorraine Rossi unpacks a leather jacket that will be used for a Black Panther display.

Jan 24, 2013

A graduate student and archivist hopeful develops her skills in the museum field thanks to the I AMM project at Florida A&M University. Read More

Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Reflections of an I AMM Fellow: Marketing Meets the Museum
I AMM Fellow Brad Miller chats with a group of teenage visitors.

Jan 24, 2013

A native Bahamian discovers African American History and develops business skills through the I AMM project at Florida A&M University. Read More

Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Recruiting, Training and Mentoring Future Generations of Museum Professionals
I AAM fellows on a facilities and space utilization site visit to the FAMU/FSU College of Engineering.

Jan 24, 2013

An IMLS grant helped the Black Archives at Florida A&M University start the Inspiring Authorities in Museum Management (I AMM) project to help recruit, train and mentor graduate students. Read More

Blog Post: Choose Your Own Adventure: Workshops @ WebWise

Jan 23, 2013

Through the use of an online tool called IdeaScale, participants will have an opportunity to help shape the WebWise 2013 conference agenda by submitting workshop topics, voting on existing topics, or adding comments. Read More

Blog Post: New Report Shows Trends in U.S. Library Service
Report Cover for the FY2010 Public Library  Survey

Jan 22, 2013

Circulation, public programs and digital services on the rise. Read More

Blog Post: AAHC Forum: AAHC Forum: How a South Carolina State University Accounting Major Found a Passion for Museum Work
Davion and the Gregori family securing a collection of African Art for the I.P Stanback Museum and Planetarium

Jan 17, 2013

Through his internship at the I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium, Davion Petty found a passion for museum work by helping secure a collection of African Art. Read More

Blog Post: AAHC Forum: The I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium: Creating Life-Changing Opportunities for Students
Interns and Director receiving 2011 Governor’s Award for the Humanities

Jan 17, 2013

A grant from IMLS provides students at South Carolina State University with internship opportunities and participation in national museum conferences. Read More

Blog Post: Libraries and Museums Bring Communities Together to Celebrate Two Historic American Traditions
Photo of Susan Hildreth

Jan 16, 2013

This year two historic events will fall on the same day. Join museums and libraries across the country as we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the 57th presidential inauguration. Read More

Blog Post: WebWise 2013: And Now for Something Completely Different
Participants at a WebWise Conference

Jan 16, 2013

WebWise 2013 unveils a new interactive format that gives everyone more opportunities to learn and collaborate. Read More

Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Rebuilding the Museum, One Person at a Time
Visitors at the National Civil Rights Museum

Jan 10, 2013

IMLS-supported professional development sessions at the National Civil Rights Museum help staff to develop new and innovative programs and exhibits. The museum is preparing for the grand reopening of their main building, the historic Lorraine Motel, assassination site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Read More

Blog Post: Makers on the Move in Libraries and Museums
photo of a boy using tools at Maker Faire

Dec 20, 2012

Maker spaces are part of a growing movement of hands-on, mentor-led environments that encourage entrepreneurship and unleash the inner inventor in all of us, particularly children. Read More

Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Museums Challenged to Serve – Beyond Borders
Florida African American Heritage Preservation Network Training Session.

Dec 20, 2012

John G. Riley Museum Founder & Executive Director, Althemese Barnes, explains how she founded the Florida African American Heritage Preservation Network (FAAHPN) to reach out to museums in the African American museum community. Read More

Blog Post: From the Bench: Team Pachacamac Triumphs, Making Peruvian Collections Accessible
Post-graduate fellows Ainslie Harrison (left) and Fran Baas (right).

Dec 19, 2012

Two recent conservation graduates assembled and oversaw a large cadre of volunteers, work-study students, and pre-program interns to survey, relocate, and create customized storage solutions for a 3,600 object collection. They also treated 60 of the artifacts and created a 10,000-image online database for use by researchers near and far. Read More

Blog Post: From the Bench: A 400-Year-Old Carpet is Restored to Show Original Persian Artistry
Large Persian rug in lab for conservation treatment

Dec 19, 2012

The Frick Collection stabilized a beloved carpet that had been on display for nearly one hundred years with the help of IMLS funding. Read More

Blog Post: From the Bench: Trellised Garden with Animals on View at Memorial Art Gallery Thanks to Tapestry Initiative
Pannemaker installation process in April 2012

Dec 19, 2012

A European Tapestry Initiative begun in 2009 enables treatment and display of popular Medieval and Renaissance tapestries, such as Trellised Garden with Animals and Battle of the Animals. Read More

Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Leadership Succession Planning at the John G. Riley Center/Museum Places Baton in the hands of the Next Generation
Marion McGee & Althemese Barnes pictured in front of the John Gilmore Riley Historic House Museum in Tallahassee, Florida.

Dec 13, 2012

Marion McGee, Assistant Director at the John Gilmore Riley Center/Museum of African American History & Culture, explains how the executive apprenticeship under Founder & Executive Director Althemese Barnes has prepared the museum for new leadership. Read More

Blog Post: From the Bench: Upgrade of American Sculpture and Decorative Arts Storage
After view of the DIA store room

Dec 11, 2012

With support from IMLS, the Detroit Institute of Arts upgraded storage for its American decorative arts and sculpture collections dating from the beginning of the European settlements until 1950. Read More

Blog Post: From the Bench: Preservation Project Protects 65 Million-Year-Old Fossilized Leaves for Scientific Study
DMNS Leaf fossil

Dec 11, 2012

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is rehousing beautiful, ancient fossil leaf specimens from Denver Basin excavations to protect them from physical and water damage. Read More

Blog Post: Things are Going SWIM-ingly Out West
The 38 members of the first SWIM class to receive library degrees from the University of North Texas.

Dec 07, 2012

Through careful use of funds, Montana State Library partnering with state library agencies in South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho and the University of North Texas, has been able to provide 54 individuals with Master’s in Library Science degrees and 16 with School Library Media endorsements since 2009. Read More

Blog Post: AAHC Forum: An Eight-Month Internship Commitment Turned into Three Years of Excellent Experience
An interactive Chieko completed for After Hours.

Dec 06, 2012

Curatorial assistant Chieko Phillips describes how the curatorial internship at the Northwest African American Museum helped prepare her for a career in the museum field. Read More

Blog Post: Digital Public Library of America Hosts its First Appfest
The 4th Floor at Chattanooga Public Library.

Dec 05, 2012

Diverse teams of coders, metadata specialists, designers, “idea people,” librarians, and user-experience professionals gathered at the DPLA Appfest to develop web and mobile apps and other compelling projects. Read More

Blog Post: From the Bench: Conservators Save Colonial-Era Artifacts from Corrosion
The recreated settlement at Wolstenholme Town.

Dec 04, 2012

Artifacts from a 1618 Virginia settlement receive conservation treatment for the second time since their discovery in 1976. Read More

Blog Post: National Leadership Grant Video: Rochester Institute of Technology Preserving Inkjet Prints

Nov 30, 2012

IMLS-funded research shows that inkjet prints are susceptible to damage from airborne pollutants. Senior Research Scientist Daniel Burge describes measures that can be taken to mitigate the damage. Read More

Blog Post: AAHC Forum: The Development of MoCADA’s Curatorial Fellowship

Nov 29, 2012

With the help of an IMLS grant the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts’ Curatorial Fellowship program helps train young museum professionals. Read More

Blog Post: From the Bench: The Peabody Museum Maps 140 Years of Anthropology Fieldwork
Researchers study original sketches of Las Monjas ruins at Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico.

Nov 27, 2012

Thanks to an IMLS grant, Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology can now share more of its broad-ranging Map Collection with researchers. Read More

Blog Post: From the Bench: New Storage Safeguards Newark Museum’s Jewelry and African Art Collections
Jewelry Technician Sara Parmigiani with Jewelry Storage.

Nov 27, 2012

With the help of IMLS, the Newark Museum has slowly changed its collection storage to best protect important collections and let curators and researchers easily see the safely stored objects within it.​ Read More

Blog Post: Conservation Effort Opens View of Tiffany Window Designs
Tiffany window design

An IMLS grant to investigate, treat, and rehouse Tiffany drawings is making them accessible to the public and shedding new light on the process of designing stained glass windows. Read More

Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Pacific Northwest Provides Professional Development for African American Museum Professionals
NAAM's building exterior.

Nov 15, 2012

A grant from IMLS permitted the Northwest African American Museum to expand the curatorial capacity of its exhibits department by providing internships and skill-building workshops for young museum professionals in the field of African American history and culture. Read More

Blog Post: From the Bench: These Face Lifts Require Heavy Lifting
Temporary lab for giant totem poles in the exhibition gallery

The American Museum of Natural History is conserving its longstanding totem poles with help from an IMLS grant. Read More

Blog Post: From the Bench: Preserving Civil War Artifacts in Cape Fear
Working on 34 Star US Flag smaller

An IMLS grant helped preserve two flags and a dress uniform from the Civil War at the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science. Read More

Blog Post: Honoring and Serving Those Who Serve
Photo of Susan Hildreth

In honor of Veterans Day, Director Hildreth thanks military personnel for their service to our county and highlights museums and libraries that provide opportunities and programs to support our veterans.​ Read More

Blog Post: AAHC Forum: The Sustainability and Growth of the Margaret Walker Center

Nov 08, 2012

Members of the Margaret Walker Center create a strategic plan to revamp their museum and archive for the historic collections at Jackson State. Read More

Blog Post: Raising the Bar: Receiving a Scholarship to Attend the ARSL Conference and the Power of a Free Iced Tea
Elizabeh Ann Watson

Nov 07, 2012

The Duplin County Library partnered with a local small business to raise awareness for the library. Read More

Blog Post: Libraries and Museums Respond to Superstorm Sandy
storytime at the book bus

Throughout the impacted region libraries and museums play important roles in recovery efforts. Read More

Blog Post: From the Bench: Conservator of All I Survey
Consultants Rob Waller (left) and Cathy Hawks (right) meet with Invertebrate Zoology Collections Manager Albert Kollar (center).

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s sole conservator conducted a general survey with the help of a team of consultants. In the process she gained a better understanding of the museum’s large collections and created a long-term plan for conservation. Read More

Blog Post: From the Bench: Seattle Art Museum’s Delicate Asian Screens Rehoused for Access and Preservation
new screen cabinets

Delicate Asian screens get new storage cabinets with sliding shelves to ensure safe long-term care as well as ease of access for research at the Seattle Art Museum. Read More

Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Curatorial Fellowship at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts Paves the Way for Young Curators
Artists gather around an exhibit at MoCADA.

Nov 01, 2012

Curatorial Fellow Jessica Lanay Moore explains the rewards and opportunities of the MoCADA program. ​ Read More

Blog Post: From the Bench: Preservation of Art Objects Helps Restore Historic Halls to Past Splendor
Side chair upholstered in 18th-century painted and gilded leather.

Nov 01, 2012

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum used IMLS funding to conserve several art objects, including a marble sculpture and leather side chairs, as part of a major capital preservation project to restore their Titian Room and the Tapestry Room galleries. Read More

Blog Post: From the Bench: Making Things Amber Clear
Fossils in amber before and after

Nov 01, 2012

The American Museum of Natural History is using IMLS funding to preserve its massive collection of life forms in amber, making work easier for researchers now and in the future. Read More

Blog Post: Grants to University of Michigan Help Answer Questions of Copyright
crmsworld graphic

Oct 26, 2012

The Copyright Office at the University of Michigan Library is working on IMLS-funded projects that will determine the copyright status of nearly 450,000 English-language books that are a part of the HathiTrust Digital Library. Read More

Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Join the National Online Forum on African American History and Culture Grant Program
IMLS grantees pose for a photo in the Museum Grants for African American History and Culture.

Oct 25, 2012

IMLS to launch new social media effort to identify strategies to support African American Museums and HBCU’s. Read More

Blog Post: From the Bench: A Collaborative Survey Shines Fresh Light on Korean Paintings
Visiting conservators discuss a Korean painting

Oct 23, 2012

The Asian Art Museum brought in consultants from the Seoul, Korea, to collaborate with a team of experts about their rare Korean paintings. Read More

Blog Post: From the Bench: Rehoused Instrument Collection Is Once Again Instrumental
objects in storage at the Peabody

Oct 23, 2012

An IMLS-grant to unpack and rehouse a scientific instrument collection, enabled the Peabody Museum to create an online inventory of the entire collection. Read More

Blog Post: Libraries and Museums as Afterschool Allies
logo afterschool alliance

Oct 18, 2012

Public libraries are undergoing a 21st century makeover, evolving into destinations for hands-on, collaborative and informal learning. With their museum and community partners they are taking a more active role in supporting children's learning and development in the hours after school. Read More

Blog Post: Looking Ahead
Photo of Susan Hildreth

Oct 17, 2012

Director Hildreth identifies five strategies for museums and libraries that are making a difference in their communities. Read More

Blog Post: From the Bench: New Discoveries from What Lies Beneath
photo of two women looking at a painting in low light

Oct 16, 2012

Using x-ray, x-radiograph, and other technologies, a painting conservator hired by the Shelburne Museum made discoveries about a number of the museum’s paintings. Read More

Blog Post: From the Bench: Literally Hanging by a Thread

Oct 09, 2012

A grant from IMLS permitted the Walters Art Museum to create a plan of action to care for a collection of Southeast Asian works of art and to safely relocate the majority of them into accessible, conservation-quality storage environments. Read More

Blog Post: From the Bench: New Blog Series Highlights the Work of Conservators

Oct 04, 2012

Part scientist, part detective, conservators help to protect and preserve objects that have great power to connect us to science, history, art, nature and culture. Read More

Blog Post: National Students Poets Program Debuts at National Book Festival
Susan Hildreth, Virginia McEnerney, Natalie Richardson, and Margo Lion

Sep 28, 2012

This past weekend, we had the opportunity to attend the 2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival with thousands of book lovers, poets, and authors, celebrating books that have shaped America. The new National Student Poets Program debuted at the National Book Festival with five outstanding high school poets. Read More

Blog Post: National Leadership Grant Video: San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts’ Center for Creative Energy

Sep 26, 2012

The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts has partnered with the Upper Colorado River Authority and the local school district to help students learn about water issues at the same time as they learn about art.​ Read More

Blog Post: Role of Libraries and Workforce Development Highlighted in Washington D.C. Briefing
Linda Carlisle, Kevin Perez , Amanda Ahlstrand, Mary Ellen Firestone, Susan Hildreth, and Jane Brady.

Sep 21, 2012

Libraries and the Workforce System are working together to deliver services more effectively. Read More

Blog Post: Searching for the Hidden Structures of Serifs, Mathematician Finds New Career Path

Sep 19, 2012

James P. Ascher describes his journey from mathematician to rare books professor with the help of an IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant. Read More

Blog Post: Maryland’s iSchool to Launch Survey and Online Community for School District Library Supervisors

Sep 17, 2012

The University of Maryland iSchool is using a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant to examine the under-researched position of school library supervisor. Read More

Blog Post: How bad is it? Researchers Identify Common Digitization Blunders
Paul Conway

Sep 13, 2012

Researchers use a severity score to help assess when a “my bad” is worrisome enough to impact readability and content. Read More

Blog Post: Databib is Tackling Tough Data Sharing Problems
photo of Michael Witt

Sep 07, 2012

A new approach to sharing research will make it easier to find and use data. Five hundred repositories to be cataloged by year end. Read More

Blog Post: National Leadership Grant Video: Queensborough Community College

Sep 06, 2012

Patricia Lannes and Kitty Bateman describe Queensborough Community College's Cultures & Literacies Through Art for the 21st Century (CALTA21), which builds partnerships between museums and institutions that teach English as a second language as a means of making art museums more accessible to immigrants.​ Read More

Blog Post: Behind the Scenes: Theater Archives and the Documentation of a Legacy
Sketch of actress Austene Van by costume designer Reggie Ray for Penumbra Theatre Company's production of "Ain't Misbehavin'."

Aug 30, 2012

An IMLS-funded planning project is paving the way for better archiving practices at theaters, particularly theaters of color. Read More

Blog Post: The Last Frontier

Aug 28, 2012

An IMLS program officer visits the Alaska State Library and finds federally funded projects on digital archives, early literacy, and preservation of cultural heritage. Read More

Blog Post: National Leadership Grant Video: Chicago Zoo's Welfare Track

Aug 24, 2012

The Chicago Zoo's Welfare Track project, funded by an IMLS National Leadership Grant, takes a different approach to monitoring the welfare of animals, focusing on causes of wellness in addition to what causes sickness. Read More

Blog Post: Is a Village Post Office Coming to a Library Near You?
Photo of Susan Hildreth

Aug 22, 2012

Reductions in local post office hours may provide new opportunities for public libraries. Read More

Blog Post: SafeArchive Promises to Preserve Digital Collections

Aug 17, 2012

The IMLS-funded SafeArchive system automates established replication policies and helps institutions collaborate to preserve digital content. Read More

Blog Post: Eureka! Job Fair in Georgetown County, SC, a Big Success
Dwight McInvaill

Aug 15, 2012

Dwight McInvaill, Director of the Georgetown County Library of South Carolina, got to see first-hand the benefits of his library's job fair, part of a project funded by the IMLS Grants to States program.​ Read More

Blog Post: One Good Thing Leads to Another: Santa Ana Public Library Builds on IMLS Grant

Aug 10, 2012

Receiving a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grant from IMLS opened the eyes of the Santa Ana Public Library to other federal funding options, which led to the creation of the Seeds to Trees Digital Media Technology Academy. Read More

Blog Post: Ready for Back-to-School? Begin the Year as a Connected Educator!
Connected Educator Month logo

Aug 09, 2012

Did you know that August is Connected Educator Month? Find out how the Department of Education is connecting educators of all disciplines and levels collaborate online—it’s not too late to participate!​ Read More

Blog Post: National Leadership Grant Video: Art Beyond Sight/Museum of Science, Boston

Aug 07, 2012

Art Beyond Sight and the Museum of Science, Boston, are using an IMLS National Leadership Grant to help museums pilot tools for becoming more accessible to people with disabilities. Read More

Blog Post: Early Learning in the Pacific Region
IMLS staff with grantees from three U.S. Pacific Territories

Aug 03, 2012

IMLS went to check in with the Pacific island recipients of Grants to State Library Administrative Agencies and found a wealth of programs to benefit early learners. Read More

Blog Post: Preserving Our Present: Sacramento Teens Share Their Stories

Aug 01, 2012

Funded through the IMLS Grants to State Library Administrative Agencies program, the Sacramento Public Library’s partnership with The GreenHouse is teaching teens valuable skills while capturing local history. Read More

Blog Post: National Leadership Grant Video: Yale Peabody's Teacher Collaborative

Jul 27, 2012

David Heiser describes Yale University's Peabody Museum of Natural History's Event-Based Teacher Collaborative, which is funded by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.​ Read More

Blog Post: Find a Let’s Move! Olympic Fun Day Near You!

Jul 24, 2012

First Lady Michelle Obama and IMLS Director Susan Hildreth want kids to be inspired by the 2012 Olympic athletes who start competition on Saturday, and to attend one of the many Let's Move! "Olympic Fun Day Meet-ups" being planned for that day. Read More

Blog Post: Museum Program Changes

Jul 23, 2012

More than 100 responses will help guide IMLS museum programs. Read More

Blog Post: 124 Communities Take up the Campaign for Grade Level Reading Challenge
Photo of Susan Hildreth

Jul 18, 2012

We know that more than 80 percent of children in poverty are not reading at grade level by the third grade, and many other children are falling behind as well; libraries and museums are taking up the challenge to improve learning outcomes for young children. Read More

Blog Post: Public Libraries, American Job Centers, and Digital Literacy
Connect2Compete: Lee Davenport,Howard Feldstein, Hilda Solis, Julius Genachowski, Susan Hildreth

Jul 18, 2012

Together America’s Public Libraries and America’s Job Centers are teaching digital skills that are essential for job searches and more. Read More

Blog Post: Let’s Read! Let’s Move! Summer Learning Series Launches at US Department of Education

Jul 13, 2012

IMLS Director Susan Hildreth joined Education Secretary Arne Duncan to launch a summer learning series with special celebrities and over 130 students from DC area schools, camps, and youth programs. Read More

Blog Post: Community Anchors in a Time of Crisis
library patrons at the Arlington Public Library

Jul 12, 2012

Libraries provide invaluable service to their communities every day. In a crisis like the recent storm that knocked out power to so many homes, libraries are a lifeline. Read More

Blog Post: National Medal Video: Weippe Public Library and Discovery Center

Jul 10, 2012

Terri Summerfield, director of the Weippe Public Library & Discovery Center in Weippe, ID, sits down with community member Gradi Thomson to discuss how the library has become her family’s home away from home. Read More

Blog Post: National Leadership Grant Video: The Great Ape Heart Project

Jul 05, 2012

Drs. Hayley Murphy and Marietta Dindo explain the Great Ape Heart Project, which is assisting nearly every ape in North America in the fight against heart disease, a significant factor in their morbidity and mortality. Read More

Blog Post: National Medal Video: Brooklyn Museum

Jul 03, 2012

Arnold Lehman, director of the Brooklyn Museum, sits down with visual artist Virginia Ines Vergara to discuss how the museum has helped her build confidence as a teacher and an artist. Read More

The Wing: At Home in an Era of Global Participatory Culture
image of Sikh American youth prepping materials for exhibition

Jul 02, 2012

Beth Takekawa, Executive Director of the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, was one of 58 cultural leaders from 31 countries who participated in the IMLS/Salzburg Global Seminar on Libraries, Museums and the Era of Participatory Culture. She shares her reflections on finding kindred spirits and new inspiration. Read More

Blog Post: National Leadership Grant Video: Whitney Museum of American Art

Jun 28, 2012

Danielle I. Linzer, the Whitney Museum of American Art's manager of access and community programs, explains the IMLS-funded study of the impact of teen programs at four contemporary art museums. Read More

Blog Post: National Medal Video: Hill Museum & Manuscript Library

Jun 26, 2012

Father Columba Stewart, director of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library in Collegeville, MN, sits down with Dr. Getachew Haile to discuss how he became the library’s Cataloguer of Oriental Manuscripts and Curator of the Ethiopian Study Center after fleeing his native Ethiopia. Read More

Blog Post: National Leadership Grant Video: Minnesota Historical Society

Jun 21, 2012

Wendy Jones and Jennifer Sly of the Minnesota Historical Society describe History in our Hands, a project funded by an IMLS National Leadership Grant that will allow school children to better understand the challenges faced by famous Minnesotans throughout history. Read More

Blog Post: “US Ignite” Highlights Library and Museum Potential for High-Speed Broadband Applications

Jun 20, 2012

President Obama Announces an initiative to make cities and towns test-beds for next-generation applications. Read More

Blog Post: National Medal Video: Erie Art Museum

Jun 19, 2012

John L. Vanco, director of the Erie Art Museum, sits down with Victoria Angelo, community member and a refugee from Southern Sudan, to discuss how the museum's Old Songs New Opportunities Project has helped her find employment and opportunities to teach and perform traditional Acholi song and dance.​ Read More

Blog Post: See you in Anaheim
Photo of Susan Hildreth

Jun 18, 2012

Library education grants, a grant for a new effort to increase broadband adoption, and a new "Talking Points" series are just some of the things keeping IMLS busy as we we prepare for ALA's annual meeting.​ Read More

Blog Post: National Leadership Grant Video: Colonial Williamsburg

Jun 14, 2012

Funded by a National Leadership Grant from IMLS, "Virtual Williamsburg" allows visitors to see the historic town as it was in 1776. Read More

Blog Post: National Medal Video: Alachua County Library District

Jun 12, 2012

Shaney T. Livingston, director of the Alachua County Library District in Gainesville, FL, sits down with community member Lenor Krome to discuss how Lenor and her family have taken full advantage of this small rural library. Read More

Blog Post: National Leadership Grant Video: San Diego and Memphis Zoos

Jun 08, 2012

Allen P. Messier of the San Diego Zoo and Andrew J. Kouba of the Memphis Zoo explain their complementary projects, both funded by IMLS National Leadership Grants, which seek to prevent the extinction of certain amphibians. Read More

Blog Post: Is Getting People Online the “Secret Ingredient” Needed to Achieve Your Mission?

Jun 07, 2012

Karen Archer Perry, a senior program officer for U.S. Libraries with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Chauncy Lennon, a program officer with the Ford Foundation, share their insights about the community and economic development power of broadband adoption. Read More

Blog Post: National Medal Video: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Jun 06, 2012

Frank Robinson, director of the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, VA, sits down with volunteer Chris Corsello and his aide, Lisa Watts, to discuss the meaningful contribution he has made to the garden. Read More

Blog Post: Collections Matter
16th-century Flemish tapestry from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

Jun 01, 2012

IMLS Senior Program Officer Connie Bodner discusses the importance of collections care in light of the recently announced Conservation Project Support grants and her participation in the annual meeting of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. Read More

Blog Post: National Medal Video: San José Public Library

May 29, 2012

San José Public Library director Jane Light sits down with community member Vikram K. Kanth to discuss how he has been a strong and effective advocate for the library. Read More

Blog Post: Mark Your Calendars for WebWise Reprise! Live Webinars Coming in June

May 25, 2012

Sharpen your skills this summer with two free professional development opportunities that explore innovative uses of technology to enhance public engagement in research and oral history programs. Read More

Blog Post: National Medal Video: Madison Children’s Museum

May 22, 2012

The director of the Madison Children's Museum, Ruth Shelly, sits down with Benjamin Perreth, a Visitor Services Associate at the museum, to discuss the impact the museum has had on his life, as well as how the museum has learned from him. Read More

Blog Post: Let’s Move Museums & Gardens Success Story: Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
A display of some common beverages with the amount of sugar in each bottle illustrated in teaspoons.

May 18, 2012

Families use engaging multimedia to learn about personal health and the sustainability of our food system.​ Read More

Blog Post: Summer Learning is Important to Student Success
Photo of Susan Hildreth

May 16, 2012

IMLS Director Susan Hildreth describes how lack of access to summer learning opportunities can put young people at risk. Education policy makers are looking for strategies to combat “summer slide” and libraries and museums are part of the solution. Read More

Blog Post: National Medal Video: Columbus Metropolitan Library

May 15, 2012

Columbus Metropolitan Library CFO Dewitt Harrell sits down with Khamall Howard to discuss how his participation in a summer youth program lead to his current job at the Main Library in downtown Columbus.​ Read More

Blog Post: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Recognizes Libraries’ Role in Early Learning
Yvette Sanchez Fuentes and Susan Hildreth shake on agreement.

May 10, 2012

HHS urges offices of Child Care and Head Start to partner with libraries to support child development.​ Read More

Blog Post: National Medal Video: Edventure Children’s Museum

May 08, 2012

Hear how the museum’s innovative approach to improving health outcomes for South Carolina’s children is making a big impact on young visitors. Read More

Blog Post: Spring Things

May 04, 2012

IMLS Program Officer Connie Bodner reflects on the annual rites of spring, especially the announcement of the participants in the Conservation Assessment Program. Read More

Blog Post: IMLS Programs Help Families Dealing with Autism

Apr 30, 2012

As National Autism Awareness Month draws to a close, IMLS Senior Program Officer Michele Farrell takes note of agency-funded programs for families affected by the disorder. Read More

Blog Post: Lively Debate Affirms the Importance of Libraries

Apr 27, 2012

Susan Hildreth reports on her experience arguing in opposition to the motion that “Libraries are Obsolete” in Oxford style debate at Harvard University. Read More

Blog Post: IMLS on YouTube: WebWise Demonstrations

Apr 24, 2012

Participants in WebWise 2012 discuss the projects they demoed there. Read More

Blog Post: Museums and Libraries Can Promote 21st Century Skills
Photo of Susan Hildreth

Apr 17, 2012

U.S. libraries and museums are powerhouses that can inspire countless opportunities for learning new skills. Read More

Blog Post: LB21 Scholar Now Has Her “Dream Job”
Martha Parker, MLIS

Apr 11, 2012

In celebration of National Library Workers Day and National Library Week, Martha Parker writes about her library education in an IMLS-funded program and her first job since earning her degree. Read More

Blog Post: Rolling, Flying, and SMILE-ing
Check Out Science! sign

Apr 10, 2012

Susan Hildreth recounts her day at the Easter Egg Roll and announces a new tool for Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens. Read More

Blog Post: IMLS on YouTube: Pratt Museum Explores the Science, Art, and Culture of Kachemak Bay

Apr 03, 2012

On the IMLS YouTube Channel, the Pratt Museum in Homer Alaska describes its Museums for America project, The Kachemak Bay: An Exploration of People and Place. Read More

Blog Post: StoryCorps Captures the Transformation of Libraries and Their Impact on Communities

Mar 30, 2012

The StoryCorps blog offers a behind-the-scenes look at two National Medal for Museum and Library Service winners: the San Jose Public Library and Weippe Public Library and Discovery Center. Read More

Blog Post: Libraries and the Future of Our Democracy
Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer, President and Founder of AmericaSpeaks, delivers a lunchtime talk at an LSTA Grants to States training workshop.

Mar 27, 2012

After hearing a speech by the founder of AmericaSpeaks at the LSTA Grants to States conference, IMLS Senior Program Officer James Lonergan reflects on the role of libraries in preserving and reinvigorating democracy. Read More

Blog Post: Museums and Libraries Are Promising Venues For Behavior Change
EatSleepPlay exhibit at the Children's Museum of Manhattan

Mar 26, 2012

Chris Beakey of Ogilvy Public Relations explores the value of museums and libraries in promoting healthy behaviors. Read More

Blog Post: Digital Communities and the Second Anniversary of the National Broadband Plan
Photo of Susan Hildreth

Mar 22, 2012

Full participation in American society requires the ability to access and use digital content and technologies. IMLS is helping libraries and museums to work with businesses, hospitals, schools, cultural institutions, community technology centers and local governments to create and sustain access to broadband technologies. Read More

Blog Post: Shedding Light on the Oldest Recorded Sounds
topographic map of the surface of a wax cylinder record

Mar 21, 2012

Early Alexander Graham Bell recordings, once thought to be lost to history, gained national media attention last year when scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory devised a way to hear them. For curious minds who want to know more, here’s the a behind the scenes look at how it all happened.​ Read More

Blog Post: IMLS on YouTube: MFA Grant Helps Preserve Johnson City Photos

Mar 14, 2012

The Johnson County (Kansas) Museum used a Museums for America grant and partnered with the Johnson County Public Library to preserve photographs and enlist the help of the public to identify people and places. Read More

Blog Post: Connecting and Connected at the DML Conference
Participants in the 2012 Digital Media and Learning Conference.

Mar 09, 2012

IMLS Director of Strategic Partnerships Marsha Semmel reflects on the third annual Digital Media and Learning conference. Read More

Blog Post: Kudos to LB21 Recipient for Diversity Project
Smith Woodard with Jim Corridan and John Borneman web1

Mar 07, 2012

Marcia Smith-Woodard of the Indiana State Library was awarded the Indiana Library Federation’s 2011 Special Services Award for her work on an IMLS-funded project to recruit and educate 30 diverse library students. Read More

Blog Post: IMLS on YouTube: A Few Minutes with Ian MacKaye

Mar 02, 2012

Before wowing the audience at WebWise 2012, Fugazi's Ian MacKaye sat down with a few IMLS staff members. Read IMLS Senior Graphic Designer and Webmaster (and Fugazi fan) Ellen Arnold Losey's reflections on meeting one of her indie rock heroes, and watch an excerpt from a video interview. Read More

Blog Post: IMLS on YouTube: StoryCorps Founder Discusses the Central Role Museums and Libraries Play in Their Communities

Mar 01, 2012

StoryCorps founder Dave Isay talks about the partnership between his organization and museums and libraries, and about the importance of those institutions to their communities. Read More

Blog Post: WebWise: Taking Us Where No One has Gone Before
Starburst Cluster from Hubble telescope

Feb 27, 2012

An IMLS program officer, and would-be Star Fleet officer, looks forward to hearing LeVar Burton speak at WebWise. Read More

Blog Post: NMAAHC Groundbreaking Brings to Mind the Work of Other African American Museums

Feb 23, 2012

Susan Hildreth reflects on the groundbreaking for the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the invaluable work of African American museums around the country. Read More

Blog Post: Throwback Video Draws Archivists to Gulf Coast Workshop

Feb 21, 2012

This informative and entertaining video was created to promote a three-state collaborative effort to provide training on archival work. Read More

Blog Post: The President’s Budget Request for IMLS
Photo of Susan Hildreth

Feb 16, 2012

President Obama’s budget request for IMLS recognizes the importance of museums and libraries and will allow the agency to implement its new strategic plan. Read More

Blog Post: You just never know who’s going to drop by the IMLS booth in the exhibit hall!
photo of Project ALFA fellows and IMLS staff

Feb 10, 2012

At ALA Midwinter in Dallas, IMLS Director Susan Hildreth got the opportunity to meet with University of Alabama and Wayne State University scholarship recipients from the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program-funded Project ALFA, “Accessible Libraries for All.” Read More

Blog Post: IMLS on YouTube: National Aquarium Teaches with Watershed Moments

Feb 03, 2012

A video explores an IMLS-funded program of the National Aquarium in Baltimore that teaches the public what they can do to protect the Chesapeake Bay. Read More

Blog Post: IMLS-Funded Research Yields New Information on Paper Stability
Variation in historical paper specimen condition

Jan 26, 2012

Paper is still important in the digital age, and this IMLS-funded research project is helping to increase our understanding of how to preserve it. Read More

Blog Post: Feds Will Team up on Digital Curation Residency Program

Jan 18, 2012

The two agencies are developing a program to build expertise in the field of digital collections care.​ Read More

Blog Post: The IMLS Early Learning Challenge
Photo of Susan Hildreth

Jan 13, 2012

The need to invest in young children is clear, as are the benefits of that investment. Here at IMLS we are challenging libraries and museums to take a leading role in their communities’ early learning strategies. Read More

Blog Post: “Roots” and “Star Trek” Actor Comes to WebWise
Photo of LeVar Burton

Jan 12, 2012

Actor, director, and champion of libraries and museums LeVar Burton will make a keynote address at the 2012 WebWise Conference. Read More

Blog Post: International Teams Start Digging

Jan 06, 2012

IMLS was part of an exciting announcement earlier this week, when the winners of the second Digging into Data Challenge were announced. There were 14 winning teams in this competition to promote innovative humanities and social science research using large-scale data analysis. Read More

Blog Post: IMLS on YouTube: Chicago Botanic Garden Gives Students Valuable Job Skills

Dec 22, 2011

Chicago Botanic Garden’s North Lawndale Green Youth Farm, funded by a Museums for America (MFA) grant, teaches valuable job skills to students in one of the area’s poorest neighborhoods. A video prepared as part of the evaluation of the MFA program is featured on IMLS’s new YouTube channel. Read More

Blog Post: Libraries and Museums are Major Contributors to the Success of Film Forward
Museo de Arte de Ponce Director Agustin Arteaga (second from right) with filmmakers and other participants in Film Forward's Puerto Rico stop

Dec 15, 2011

IMLS is again partnering with the Sundance Institute, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts in the second year of Film Forward, a cultural exchange initiative. Museums and libraries were a big part of the initiative's inaugural-year success. Read More

Blog Post: Project ENABLE: Breaking Down Barriers for Students with Disabilities
The Project ENABLE planning team (left to right): William Myhill, Ruth Small, Renee Franklin Hill, graduate assistant Kristen Link.

Dec 08, 2011

Syracuse University professor Renee Franklin reports on what happens when educators from all over New York State come together to learn strategies for providing information services to K-12 students with disabilities. Read More

Blog Post: Public Libraries: Powerful Community Conveners for The Big Read
a Boy Scout troop, shown here while working on The Crayon Project

Nov 23, 2011

Caldwell (NJ) Public Library’s Big Read project, which celebrated Cynthia Ozick’s novella 'The Shawl,' transformed the library and the way it serves its community. Read More

Blog Post: It’s Time for a National Digital Public Library
Photo of Susan Hildreth

Nov 21, 2011

The time is right to launch an ambitious project to realize the great promise of the Internet for the advancement of sharing information and using technology to enable new knowledge and discoveries in the United States and globally. Read More

Blog Post: Vision for the Walters Art Museum – A 21st Century Skills Challenge
Families participate in one of the free weekends at the Walters Art Museum.

Nov 16, 2011

Gary Vikan, director of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, served on the IMLS 21st Century Skills Taskforce. Out of what he calls “this crucible of critical thinking” a vision for the Walters Art Museum emerged. Read More

Blog Post: Children’s Museum of Houston – Strategic Planning for 21st Century Museums
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Nov 08, 2011

Using the IMLS 21st Century Skills Self-Assessment Tool, the Children’s Museum of Houston is expanding minds, not just walls. “If we are truly going to deliver 21st Century learning benefit to our city, we have to have the talent pool and resources to do it.” Read More

From the Let's Move! Blog: First Lady Michelle Obama Talks Healthy Habits with Toddlers
photo of Mrs. Obama reading to children

Nov 03, 2011

On November 1, First Lady Michelle Obama visited the Royal Castle Child Development Center in New Orleans, LA. The center offers an arts-based health curriculum called Eat Sleep Play that is conducted by the Louisiana Children’s Museum and is part of the Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens initiative. Read More

Blog Post: A Place, A People, and A Time: Preserving Native American Heritage
Photographer Edward H. Davis and Antonio Cuevas tasting cooked mescal, San Diego County, April 1919

Nov 01, 2011

With the support from an IMLS Museums for America grant, the San Diego History Center is digitizing 6,680 photographs and 438 drawings from the E.H. Davis Collection that document the lives of Native Americans. The project provides an opportunity to collaborate with tribal members and enhance public access to the collection. Read More

Blog Post: Transforming Life After 50: Public Libraries and Baby Boomers
Ristau Flint 2010

Oct 28, 2011

The IMLS Western Regional Fellowship: Transforming Life After 50 (TLA50) provides continuing education scholarships for library professionals to advance their library and information science skills related to improving services to and engagement with active, older adults. Read More

Blog Post: The Art of Kukakuka

Oct 26, 2011

The Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums in partnership with the Western Museums Association, the Hawaii Museums Association, and the Pacific Islands Museums Association presented a joint conference providing the opportunity for tribal and non-tribal archive, library, and museum professionals to meet and exchange ideas and best practices. Read More

Blog Post: Maine Memory Network — 21st Century Skills
photo of a teacher and students around a table, looking at documents and photographs

Oct 21, 2011

Maine Memory Network was launched in 2001 as an online digital archive whose primary goal was to expand access to historical collections across the state. It has since evolved into a robust online museum and become a flexible platform for a wide range of historical interests and activity. Read More

Blog Post: Q&A with Chris Draft: Let’s Read. Let’s Move.
Chris Draft with Susan Hildreth, IMLS Director

Oct 20, 2011

Former NFL Linebacker and children’s book author Chris Draft visited IMLS at the National Book Festival Pavilion of the States. Through his foundation he supports Let’s Read/Let’s Move and a variety of family literacy and healthy lifestyle initiatives. Read More

Blog Post: Join the Conversation: Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture
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Oct 19, 2011

IMLS is hosting a seminar, Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture, in partnership with the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria. The seminar is convening international leaders in libraries and museums to explore and debate the changing roles and responsibilities of libraries and museums in society. Read More

Blog Post: Connect to Compete: FCC Launches Digital Literacy Coalition
Susan Hildreth stands behind a Connect to Compete podium.

Oct 17, 2011

On October 12, I participated in the unveiling of Connect to Compete, a public-private partnership to turn around the problem of digital exclusion in the US. According to the Pew Research Center, one-third of all Americans – 100 million people – have not adopted broadband high-speed Internet at home. The national announcement is the first major action by Chairman Genachowski’s Broadband Adoption Task force, created in May to help close the adoption gap. Read More

Blog Post: 21st Century Skills in Oklahoma
Photo of Ken Busby, Marsha Semmel, and Brenda Granger

Oct 14, 2011

“Is Your Museum Ready for the Learning Revolution?” Museums need to be intentional about ways in which they promote critical thinking and problem solving, and they need to prioritize the effective adoption of digital technologies that facilitate broad access, knowledge sharing, and discovery. Read More

Blog Post: It’s Not Speed Dating, but Poster Sessions Do Have Many Benefits
Nicole Cooke poster

Oct 13, 2011

Posters sessions facilitate quick and informative peer-to-peer networking and knowledge sharing about IMLS funded projects. Read More

Blog Post: R&D: Rip Off and Duplicate!
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Oct 11, 2011

IMLS sponsored a Connecting to Collections Continuing Conversation Exchange at the American Association for State and Local History annual meeting held September 14-17 in Richmond, VA. Representatives from 47 states and 2 territories gathered to discuss statewide collections care plans and preservation resources. Read More

Blog Post: Digital Literacy Opportunities for All
Photo of Susan Hildreth

Oct 06, 2011

As part of our strategic focus, IMLS is a collaborative partner in a variety of initiatives to improve public access technology, resources and training. is a valuable resource to practitioners who are delivering digital literacy training and services in their communities. Read More

Blog Post: National Book Festival Inspires Readers
Author Chris Van Dusen assists with map-stamping at the Georgia table.

Oct 04, 2011

The 2011 National Book Festival delighted and inspired readers and book lovers of all ages. IMLS sponsored the Pavilion of the States which provides opportunities for library and book lovers to meet representatives from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and a number of the U.S. territories. Read More

Blog Post: Get Involved in Your Community’s Early Learning Efforts!
Photo of Susan Hildreth

Sep 26, 2011

Get involved in your community’s early learning efforts! Compete for the 2012 All-America City Award!​ Read More

Blog Post: Singing Sashimi and Making a Robot with Mom: My Visit to the Future at Maker Faire
photo of a boy using tools at Maker Faire

Sep 23, 2011

The World Maker Faire brings amateur and professional tinkerers, geeks, and artists together for a weekend of “serious fun.” Read More

Blog Post: We Have the Secret to Museum Success…
photo of Jill Connors-Joyner

Sep 21, 2011

AAM’s Museum Assessment Program (MAP) has been helping museums achieve excellence for 30 years. More than 4,300 museums of all types have participated in over 6,000 assessments since 1981. Read More

Blog Post: The View from Los Angeles on Digitally Inclusive Communities
Photo of Susan Hildreth

Sep 15, 2011

Editor’s note: IMLS is working with the University of Washington Information School and the International City/County Management Association to incorporate feedback into the next version of the “Framework.” A survey to get broad public input is also planned and will be available on in the coming months. Read More

Blog Post: It’s Not About Me, It’s All About You
photo of Bridget Butler

Sep 13, 2011

The goal of Voices for the Lake is to create a community forum through a website, an exhibit and a set of social network tools to engage people in an evolving dialogue about water. Read More

Blog Post: Exhibit Booth Visits -- ALA 2011!
photo of Kevin Cherry with a group of students at the IMLS booth

Sep 09, 2011

Library science scholarship recipients visit the IMLS exhibit booth at the American Library Association’s annual conference held in New Orleans. In addition to tuition and fees, grant funds also support professional development opportunities. Read More

Blog Post: Lincoln Park Zoo Environmental Literacy
Photo of Leah Melber

Sep 01, 2011

Building 21st Century Skills through Environmental Literacy The Lincoln Park Zoo was recently awarded an IMLS Museums for America grant to develop six new mobile learning stations to create a dynamic visitor experience, promote the zoo's mission, and encourage visitors to share what they have learned. Read More

Blog Post: Welcome to UpNext – The New IMLS Blog!
Photo of Susan Hildreth

Aug 25, 2011

I hope you will enjoy learning more about our projects and initiatives and that you will also take the opportunity to share what you know, engage with your peers, community members, IMLS staff, and other thought leaders from libraries, museums and beyond. Read More