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May 04, 2012 ET
By Connie Bodner, IMLS Senior Program Officer Ahh, spring! Most of us like it—except for the blinding, airway-obstructing tree pollen, of course. Poets write wonderfully evocative descriptions of it. Gardeners try to coax life from seeds even when they know it’s too early. Newborn lambs with their...Read more
April 30, 2012 ET
By Michele Farrell, IMLS Senior Program Officer autism-ribbon.png Did you know that boys are four times more likely to have autism than girls? It’s National Autism Awareness Month and here are some ways libraries and museums are using federal funds from IMLS to develop resources to serve families...Read more
April 27, 2012 ET
By Susan Hildreth, IMLS Director On April 18 th I participated in an Oxford-style debate that was part of Harvard Library’s Strategic Conversations series. The question “are libraries obsolete” was supported by James Tracy, headmaster of Cushing Academy, and David Lankes, professor at Syracuse...Read more
April 24, 2012 ET
By Kevin O'Connell, IMLS Senior Public Affairs Officer One of the highlights of our WebWise conference each year is the time set aside for museum professionals, librarians, and archivists to show their peers the web-related projects they've been working on. Our YouTube channel now features...Read more
April 17, 2012 ET
By Susan Hildreth Director, IMLS biohildreth.jpg Since our Museums, Libraries and 21st Century Skills initiative was launched in 2009 we have been inspired by the stories of many libraries and museums that are taking action to become 21st century institutions. They are “embedded” in their...Read more
April 11, 2012 ET
By Martha Parker, MLIS Editor's note: In celebration of National Library Workers Day and National Library Week, we post this update from Martha Parker, a graduate of the Academic and Cultural Enrichment (ACE) Scholars Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. UNCG instituted the...Read more
April 10, 2012 ET
By Susan Hildreth, IMLS Director I had a wonderful time at yesterday's White House Easter Egg Roll . This year's theme was Let's Go, Let's Play, Let's Move , in keeping with the First Lady's Let's Move initiative to fight childhood obesity. photo21.jpg IMLS Director Susan Hildreth helps with...Read more
April 03, 2012 ET
In our latest featured YouTube video, the Pratt Museum in Homer Alaska describes its Museums for America project, The Kachemak Bay: An Exploration of People and Place, which aligned educational programming to a new focus and deepened relationships with the local community.Read more
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