One important leadership role for IMLS is to act as a clearinghouse for information. By performing needed research and by publicizing the activities of our grantees, IMLS helps museums and libraries nationwide improve their service. These resources demonstrate the creativity and ingenuity of our libraries and museums.

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2013 Annual Report
Format: PDF Download; 2.9 MB
Year: 2014
Description: The Institute of Museum and Library Services FY 2013 annual report presents agency activity highlights from October 2012 - September 2013.

Cover of 2013 Research Brief No. 5: The State of Small and Rural Libraries in the United States

Research Brief No. 5: The State of Small and Rural Libraries in the United States
Format: PDF Download; 1.3 MB
Year: 2013
Rural and small public libraries in the United States are community anchors, providing critical services and resources to meet a variety of local needs. This brief provides the agency’s first targeted analysis of trends for rural and small library services.

Growing Young Minds

Growing Young Minds
Format: PDF Download; 1.7 MB
Year: 2013
Description: Growing Young Minds, from the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the Institute of Museum and Library Services calls upon policymakers, practitioners, and parents to make full use of libraries and museums, and the skills and talents of those who work in them, to close knowledge and opportunity gaps and give all children a string start in learning.



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