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Blog Posts from March 2012

March 30, 2012 ET
Each year, IMLS awards the National Medal for Museum and Library Service , to institutions that demonstrate innovation and savvy in meeting the civic engagement, education and economic needs of communities. Medal winners receive a visit from StoryCorps , a national nonprofit organization dedicated...Read more
March 27, 2012 ET
By James Lonergan, IMLS Senior Program Officer LSTA Grants to States Coordinators from around the U.S., in Philadelphia recently for an IMLS training workshop, were treated to an inspiring lunchtime talk by Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer, the President and Founder of AmericaSpeaks , titled: “Libraries:...Read more
March 23, 2012 ET
By Chris Beakey, Vice President, Ogilvy Public Relations Cross-posted from Social Marketing exChange News and Views While many of us in social marketing are constantly on the look-out for fresh approaches for engaging target audiences, we do some of our best work when we leverage existing channels...Read more
March 22, 2012 ET
By Susan Hildreth Director, IMLS biohildreth.jpg This week marks the second anniversary of the National Broadband Plan which set a roadmap for increasing rates of broadband adoption and use in the U.S. Since the plan was released, we have been working with the International City/County Management...Read more
March 20, 2012 ET
Early Alexander Graham Bell recordings, once thought to be lost to history, gained national media attention last year when scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory devised a way to hear them. For curious minds who want to know more, here's the a behind the scenes look at how it all...Read more
March 14, 2012 ET
By Kevin O'Connell , IMLS Senior Public Affairs Officer Here's another in our series of YouTube videos about the work being done with IMLS Museums for America grants. The Johnson County Museum, a half-century old history museum in suburban Kansas describes how an MFA grant helped to expand their...Read more
March 09, 2012 ET
By Marsha L. Semmel ( ) IMLS Director of Strategic Partnerships I’ve just returned from the third annual Digital Media and Learning Conference hosted by the DML Research Hub at UCHRI with support from the MacArthur Foundation, Microsoft Research, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation...Read more
March 07, 2012 ET
By Kevin Cherry IMLS Senior Program Officer Congratulations to Marcia Smith-Woodard of the Indiana State Library! In June 2008, IMLS awarded a Laura Bush 21 st Century Librarian Grant to the Indiana State Library and the Indiana University School of Library Science (IU SLIS) at Indianapolis to...Read more
March 02, 2012 ET
By Ellen Arnold Losey Senior Graphic Designer and Webmaster, IMLS There are a lot of important museum and library “mover and shaker” names that I hear around the IMLS Office of Communications and Government Affairs – our grantees, our partners, members of congress, etc. But I have to say, not a one...Read more
March 01, 2012 ET
By Kevin O'Connell, Dave Isay , the founder of StoryCorps made a keynote presentation at the preconference of WebWise 2012 , which is investigating how libraries and museums help scholars, students, educators, and the general public understand history and the humanities. Since...Read more