• R&D: Rip Off and Duplicate!

    October 11, 2011

    By Connie Bodner Senior Program Officer, IMLS Read the IMLS publication, Connecting to Collections: A Report to the Nation, to learn more about the initiative. Several IMLS staff traveled to Richmond, VA on September 14-17 to attend the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) annual meeting. Each fall, devoted and passionate members of this group, representing history… Read more

  • Digital Literacy Opportunities for All

    October 6, 2011

    By Susan Hildreth Director, IMLS A few months ago I had the opportunity to visit the public computer center at Coppin State University in Baltimore, MD for the unveiling of www.DigitalLiteracy.gov.  I am delighted that IMLS is a partner for this initiative and we are committed to helping communities and the libraries, museums and other organizations that serve them develop their capacity to… Read more

  • National Book Festival Inspires Readers

    October 4, 2011

    By Mary Chute Deputy Director for Libraries, IMLS Recently, the rain clouds cleared on the National Mall and the 2011 National Book Festival delighted and inspired readers and book lovers of all ages.  This year’s two day event held September 24-25 was the 11th book festival and the largest yet with a record setting attendance of over 200,000. On the first day of the event, IMLS once again… Read more

  • Get Involved in Your Community’s Early Learning Efforts! Compete for the 2012 All-America City Award!

    September 26, 2011

    By Susan Hildreth Director, IMLS Last spring, I attended the Washington DC launch of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. Spearheaded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and a broad coalition of public/private organizations, including the National Civic League, the National League of Cities, and United Way Worldwide,  the campaign is a coordinated, national effort to boost reading by 3rd grade.… Read more

  • Singing Sashimi and Making a Robot with Mom: My Visit to the Future at Maker Faire

    September 23, 2011

    By Marsha Semmel Director of Strategic Partnerships, IMLS As I joined the crowds to enter last weekend's World Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) in Queens, one of my first memorable encounters was with The Sashimi Tabernacle Choir, an old Volvo adorned with more than 250 computer-controlled 250 plastic fish and lobsters, singing and dancing to a repertoire spanning pop music to… Read more

  • The View from Los Angeles on Digitally Inclusive Communities

    September 15, 2011

    By Susan Hildreth Director, IMLS I’ve just returned to Washington, D.C. from a great visit to the Los Angeles Public Library.  The library, together with the California State Library, hosted a meeting of community members and community leaders who got together to critique the latest version of IMLS’s “Framework for Digitally Inclusive Communities.”  This was the first of three meetings to get a… Read more

  • It’s Not About Me, It’s All About You

    September 13, 2011

    By Bridget Butler Voices for Lake Project Manager, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center at the Leahy Center With bytes and bites of information continually bombarding us through media outlets like television and radio or the seemingly innocuous places like our local library or science center, it is a wonder anything reaches us or that we can ever focus on any one thing. What I have enjoyed… Read more

  • Exhibit Booth Visits—ALA 2011!

    September 9, 2011

    Kevin Cherry Program Officer, IMLS One of the pleasures of being a program officer at IMLS is meeting with grant recipients. It is especially enjoyable, I think, when those grant recipients are scholarship students. Back in June of this year (when our new UpNext Blog was but a gleam in our eye and a bullet point on the agency “to do” list) a number of scholarship recipients visited the IMLS… Read more

  • Welcome to UpNext - The New IMLS Blog!

    August 25, 2011

    By Susan Hildreth Director, IMLS Welcome to UpNext! I am really excited about our new blog. When I was thinking about what to write for this very first post, I knew there were so many things that I could say about the benefits of having an IMLS blog.  What stands out the most is that this is a place for you to connect and to be part of an online community where libraries and museums, partners… Read more