• Connect to Compete: FCC Launches Digital Literacy Coalition

    October 17, 2011

    By Susan Hildreth Director, IMLS If all goes according to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s plan, libraries are going to have a lot of help closing “America’s digital skills gap.” On October 12, I participated in the unveiling of Connect to Compete, a public-private partnership to turn around the problem of digital exclusion in the US. According to the Pew Research Cent

  • It’s Not Speed Dating, but Poster Sessions Do Have Many Benefits

    October 13, 2011

    By Michele Farrell Senior Library Program Officer, IMLS I love poster sessions.  I can see what new ideas are being tried and have a quick word with the researcher.  Time is so tight at conferences and waiting to speak to a presenter after a two hour panel session isn’t always feasible.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.