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Upcoming Webinars

Webinars will be moved below, to the Archived Webinars section, once their recording is available.

USCIS Citizenship Education and Initiatives
Thursday, March 6, from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EST.
This presentation will build on many of the topics discussed in the first USCIS-IMLS webinar held on February 4, 2014. Specifically, this webinar will highlight USCIS educational resources related to citizenship and the naturalization process, as well as information on how libraries can actively engage in citizenship-related activities and events. Read more.

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Archived Webinars

Federal Partnerships

American Indian Libraries Initiative: Making Connections (PDF, 16MB)
Monday, March 31, 2014
The event, which is organized by IMLS and the Department of the Interior Library and is hosted by the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK), is an opportunity for librarians who serve American Indian communities to connect with their colleagues across the country; to learn about resources available via FEDLINK, the Department of the Interior Library, and IMLS; and to hear from libraries with grants from IMLS.

USCIS Customer Service Tools and Resources: An Overview for Libraries
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
IMLS and USCIS are partnering to ensure that librarians have the necessary tools and knowledge to refer their patrons to accurate and reliable sources of information on immigration-related topics. The webinar highlights the agency’s work with libraries, ways in which libraries can find immigration and citizenship information online, and practical activities libraries can implement to engage the immigrant community.  Read transcript (PDF, 87 KB)  

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award (presentation slides, PDF, 660KB)
Thursday, January 16th, 2014
Does your museum or library have an outstanding afterschool or out-of-school program that is transforming the lives of young people? The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award recognizes twelve such programs each year with $10,000 and an award ceremony at the White House.

Financial Education in Libraries
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
IMLS and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) are partnering to develop financial education tools and share best practices with the public library field. A webinar to discuss how CFPB is working to raise the profile of libraries in every community. Read transcript (PDF,92KB)


Grant Program Information for Applicants

Native Hawaiian Library Services
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Read transcript (PDF, 4.9MB)

Native American Library Services: Enhancement Grants
Thusday, January 16, 2014
Read transcript (PDF, 5.0MB)

Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Read transcript (PDF, 1.0MB)

National Leadership Grants for Libraries
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Read transcript (PDF, 1.6MB)

Office of Museum Services Funding Webinar
A pre-recorded webinar detailing important information about all IMLS museum funding opportunities.
Read transcript (PDF, 5.3MB)

Museum Grants for African American History and Culture
Monday, October 28, 2013
Read transcript (PDF, 9.2MB)

Museums for America
Friday, November 1, 2013
Read transcript (PDF, 11.0MB)

National Leadership Grants for Museums
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Read transcript (PDF, 9.4MB)

Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Read transcript (PDF, 7.7MB)

Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Read transcript (PDF, 7.2MB)


Let's Move! Museums & Gardens

How Museums and Gardens Can Use the USDA’s MyPlate in Programming and Food Service
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Read Transcript (PDF, 57KB)

Learn How Museums and Gardens Can Collaborate with Let’s Move! Cities, Towns, and Counties
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 (Note: Recording starts at minute 1:35)
Read Transcript (PDF, 134KB)

What Works! in Museums and Gardens (PDF; 2.71MB)
Thursday, May 16, 2013


Health Happens in Libraries

WebJunction's Health Happens in Libraries series of webinars is offered as part of the IMLS E-Health initiative. Click here to access the Health Happens in Libraries webinars.


Connecting to Collections

The Connecting to Collections Online Community is hosted by Heritage Preservation as part of the IMLS Connecting to Collections initiative. Click here to access the archive of Connecting to Collections webinars.

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About Blackboard Collaborate

IMLS-hosted Webinars use the Blackboard Collaborate system. If you are a first-time user of Blackboard Collaborate, click here to check your system compatibility in advance of the webinar. You will be able to confirm that your operating system and Java are up-to-date, and enter a Configuration Room that will allow you to configure your connection speed and audio settings before the IMLS webinar begins. (If you choose to enter a Configuration Room, please note that the IMLS webinar will use Blackboard version 12.5.)

When running the webinar, you may be prompted to install the latest version of Java. If you get system prompts while logging in, choose “Run,” “Accept,” or “OK.” The audio for the pre-recorded webinar is available through your computer’s speakers. Please click here to enter a Configuration Room to test your audio. Alternatively, you may dial in to hear audio for the live webinar over your telephone.

When participating in a live webinar, you may be required to provide a name to enter the webinar. Please note that the name you enter will be visible to all participants in the webinar, and we will use it to call on you if you have a question, so please use a name that is pronounceable and appropriate.