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    Assistive Technologies Close Digital Divides for People...

    The Talking Book & Braille Center, a division of the New Jersey State Library, uses assistive technologies to improve reading access to individuals with visual impairments. With a focus on veteran services, the center is closing the...

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    The 10 recipients of the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service are recognized for making exceptional contributions to their communities.

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    It's never too early to start planning your next IMLS museum grant application. Want to get a head start? Explore the FY 2018 Guide to Museum Funding Programs and Opportunities and the IMLS Office of Museum Services Update for FY 2016...

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IMLS Statement on the President’s Proposed FY 2018 Budget

Since its inception 20 years ago, the Institute of Museum and Library Services has provided critical support enabling museums and libraries across the country to make a tremendous difference in their communities. Read more

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See the impact of IMLS in your state through grants, events, features, and research making a difference where you live.

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Grants to States

The Grants to States program is the largest source of federal funding support for library services in the U.S. Using a population based formula, more than $150 million is distributed among the State Library Administrative Agencies every year.

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Deputy State Librarian and Director, New Jersey State Library explores the Outspoken Library with a resident of the Vineland Veterans Memorial Home.

Assistive Technologies Close Digital Divides for People with Visual Impairments

The Talking Book & Braille Center, a division of the New Jersey State Library, uses assistive technologies to improve reading access to individuals with visual impairments. With a focus on veteran services, the center is closing the digital divide created by visual impairments and disabilities that prevent reading.

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New funding reports summarize the past six years of IMLS support for museums and libraries across the nation.
The IMLS-funded making framework publication identifies the elements that create the conditions to support learning in maker programs and spaces.
Three National Leadership Grants for Museums grantees share tools and resources that other museums operating in the early learning arena can use now.

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