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Blog Posts from April 2016

April 29, 2016 ET
This year, we were excited to see a critical mass of proposals for projects to increase digital skills of librarians and archivists under the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program (LB21). These proposals serve to round out our investments in National Digital Platform tools and infrastructure by ensuring that the library workforce will be prepared to adopt, use, and build upon these systems. They reach audiences nationwide, including current LIS students, recent graduates, and experienced professionals.Read more
April 29, 2016 ET
As the deadline nears for some IMLS grants (including the new STEMEx NOFO ), we encourage applicants and potential applicants to revisit this blog by IMLS’ Dr. Connie Bodner.Read more
April 27, 2016 ET
The windows of Maymont Mansion look out onto a breathtaking landscape and into a world of Gilded Age treasures, but how often does anyone consider the windows themselves? Their importance was recognized in FY15 with a $145,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and matching funds from the Richard S. Reynolds Foundation . This financial support allowed us to begin a comprehensive window conservation and museum environment improvement project that was planned through a prior IMLS grant, 2009-2010.Read more
April 26, 2016 ET
Federal agencies have released a second call for bold proposals to improve education, employment, and other key outcomes for disconnected youth. Over five million 14-to-24-year-olds in the U.S. are out of school and not working. In many cases, they face additional challenges including being financially unstable, homeless, in foster care, or involved in the justice system. In response, seven federal agencies, including the Institute of Museum and Library Services, are jointly inviting state, local, and tribal communities to apply to become a Performance Partnership Pilot (P3) to test innovative, outcome-focused strategies to achieving better outcomes for these youth, as well as youth at risk of becoming disconnected from critical social institutions and supports.Read more
April 26, 2016 ET
IMLS’ recent awards in the National Digital Platform area included nearly $1.4 million in funding for projects that are intended to improve libraries as well as archives’ ability to collect, manage, preserve and provide access to born digital Information. We have highlighted a few of those projects and the work underway below, in hopes of better informing the field of the latest developments in this important area.Read more
April 20, 2016 ET
Editor’s Note: Each of the poets represents one of five regions and is tasked to serve as a literary ambassador with the mission to engage diverse audiences of all ages in the art of poetry by sharing their work, participating in events and leading workshops. The two pillars of their ambassador...Read more
April 15, 2016 ET
At a recent exhibit, Dressing Room: Archiving Fashion , at the Museum of the City of New York through April 28, a mannequin outfitted in Vera Maxwell’s “Rosie the Riveter,” blue drab jumpsuit uniform one day, might next don a swan headdress worn by Isabel Eberstadt to Truman Capote’s storied “Black and White Ball,” held at the Palace Hotel in 1966. The following week, the mannequin might find herself in a fuscia and deep yellow Yves Saint Laurent silk crepe evening gown, with a gaggle of museum staff and visitors alike quietly gushing over the garment.Read more
April 14, 2016 ET
"That happened. That moment I was very aware of my blackness and what it meant to be a smart black girl." Young Adult authors Tracey Baptiste (L) and Renée Watson (R) --- who also teaches courses of writing for young people---talk about their childhood experiences and how it affected their racial identity and career paths. We hear first from Ms. Watson. Tracey Baptiste's debut novel, Angel’s Grace , was named one of the 100 best books for reading and sharing by NYC librarians. Renée Watson is the author of This Side of Home , which was nominated for the Best Fiction for Young Adults by the American Library Association.Read more
April 14, 2016 ET
"We have come a long way, there’s much more to be done." Sylvia Galan-Garcia (R) and Lupie Leyva (L) talk about being Latina librarians and serving their communities in Los Angeles. Originally from East L.A., Sylvia was a Chicana activist. As a librarian, she emphasizes the importance of growing multilingual collections and catering to Spanish-speaking patrons in particular. We hear from Lupie first.Read more
April 13, 2016 ET
"There are walls, but there are not boundaries." The Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) is a 20-week program that bolsters parental involvement and enables parents to become advocates for children and communities, through practical advocacy instruction and hands-on community projects. At the Louisiana Children's Museum in New Orleans, PLTI staff members and friends Deirdre Burel (L) and Saundra Reed (R) reflect on the unique value that the Museum offers as a host partner for the Institute, with a supportive environment full of creativity, play, and wonder.Read more