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    Museums and Libraries Catalyst for Community Vitality

    A new report from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Reinvestment Fund provides insights for libraries and museums to connect with their communities in newer and deeper ways.

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    IMLS At 20

    September 30 kicks off a yearlong celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Museum and Library Services Act of 1996 which created the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Visit our anniversary page and follow along as we mark 20...

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    Using Digitization to Tell a 40-year Story of Art

    As the Mattress Factory celebrates its 40th anniversary, the staff wanted to re-imagine the way they honored their rich history of site-specific installations. Their new digital archive and mobile app will connect visitors with the...

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    Extending Preservation Self-Assessment Option for Libraries...

    A free online tool of the University of Illinois helps address the preservation needs of libraries, archives and museums. It provides users with unique, prioritized reports they can use as a basis for their preservation planning or...

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    First Lady Recognizes Country's Top Creative Youth...

    First Lady Michelle Obama recognized 12 award-winning creative youth development programs at the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award ceremony.

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The Institute of Museum and Library Services is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission has been to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. For the past 20 years, our grant making, policy development, and research has helped libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive.

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Be a Maverick; Seek Out-of-the-Box Partnerships

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of blogs by IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew on the power of partnerships.

We like stories about mavericks. We like to hear about how with perseverance and perhaps a little luck, a lone individual followed her or his dreams and, to quote Steve Jobs, “put a ding in the universe.” We like these stories because they sound like us. We see ourselves as that maverick at the center of the universe. Each of us does. Read more

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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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Wax ex-voto heads from Ann Hamilton’s installation, Offering.

Using Digitization to Tell a 40-year Story of Art

As the Mattress Factory celebrates its 40th anniversary, the staff wanted to re-imagine the way they honored their rich history of site-specific installations. Their new digital archive and mobile app, set to launch next month, will connect visitors with the process of making art.

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Joey Reisberg received his first assignment as one of the five class of 2016 National Student Poets: travel to the nearest museum and write a persona poem about a piece of artwork.
With the Easton Matters project, the Nurture Nature center sent a strong message of caring to Easton residents and built their credibility as a community resource.
President Barack Obama has appointed a slate of seasoned museum and library professionals to serve on the National Museum and Library Services Board.

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