• Library staff member looks at a Tower Garden
    Library Gardens are Growing Communities in Georgia

    Gwinnett County Public Library launched a gardening program with STEAM programming that changed the way its 15 branches engaged with their communities.

  • IMLS Presents New Strategic Plan for 2018-2022
    IMLS Presents New Strategic Plan for 2018-2022

    The agency's new five-year vision, focusing on helping museums and libraries transform their communities, is now available.

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    Aging Creatively at the Columbia Museum of Art

    When faced with an increasing senior population, the Columbia Museum of Art used a grant from IMLS to modify its culture and programming to make arts participation more inclusive for seniors.

  • Clan Leader Nathan Jackson performs a traditional dance with fellow tribal members during Celebration 2016
    Digitizing 30 Years of Alaskan Tribal Heritage

    For 30 years, the Celebration event of Southeast Alaska encapsulated the pride of three tribal communities. Sealaska Heritage Institute digitized over 250 videotapes, ensuring accessibility for future generations.

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Git Hoan dancers, led by Tsimshian, Laxsgiik tribal member David A. Boxley, participate in Celebration 2016.

Digitizing 30 Years of Alaskan Tribal Heritage

For 30 years, the Celebration event of Southeast Alaska encapsulated the pride of three tribal communities. Sealaska Heritage Institute digitized over 250 videotapes, ensuring that a record of these events would be accessible for future generations.

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Today, the President released a budget request to Congress for FY 2019 that proposes funding for the orderly closure of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
With the help of conservation experts, Historic Deerfield takes stock of the condition of its 13 buildings and nationally important collections of early American furniture, ceramics, textiles, and fashion.
Here's how IMLS is addressing the special challenges of museums with smaller staffs, collections, and budgets.

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