• IMLS 2017 Performance and Accountability Report (PAR)
    IMLS 2017 Performance and Accountability Report

    IMLS is proud to present its annual agency accomplishments, including results from an increased focus on community engagement.

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    Helping Collecting Institutions Prepare for Emergencies

    Through Florida’s Connecting to Collections program, museums, libraries, and other organizations address potential natural disasters by creating comprehensive policies and emergency plans.

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    Hurricane Recovery Resources for Museums and Libraries

    Libraries, museums, and affiliated organizations care for collections that connect us to history, art, science, our communities, and more. Find help for institutions sustaining damaging effects of natural disasters or other emergencies...

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    Public Libraries Offered 4.5 Million Programs Across U.S.

    Announcing the newest data and survey report from the annual IMLS census of America’s public libraries which examine key indicators of public library use, financial health, staffing, and resources.

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The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's approximately 120,000 libraries and 35,000 museums and related organizations. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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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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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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Activities that replicate water damage and salvaging teach institutions how to anticipate and plan for water events, such as hurricanes, that may be damaging to collections.

HELPING COLLECTING INSTITUTIONS PREPARE FOR EMERGENCIES

Through Florida's Connecting to Collections program, museums, libraries, and other organizations address potential natural disasters by creating comprehensive policies and emergency plans.

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The Performance and Accountability Report (PAR), an annual agency requirement from the Office of Management and Budget, presents the agency’s program and financial management results, key accomplishments, and new initiatives during FY 2017.
Museums can play an essential role in supporting the health of their communities. See how three museums are using IMLS funds for projects to educate children and their caretakers about nutrition and exercise.
On November 7, IMLS will convene library and information science leaders to focus on recruitment and training and developing a diverse librarian workforce.

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