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    IMLS awarded the National Medal to ten museums and libraries at a July 17 ceremony in Washington D.C.

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IMLS Statement on the President’s Proposed FY 2018 Budget

Since its inception 20 years ago, the Institute of Museum and Library Services has provided critical support enabling museums and libraries across the country to make a tremendous difference in their communities. Read more

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The Grants to States program is the largest source of federal funding support for library services in the U.S. Using a population based formula, more than $150 million is distributed among the State Library Administrative Agencies every year.

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Institute of Museum and Library Services Director, Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew.

Outstanding Libraries and Museums Honored with Nation’s Highest Award

IMLS awarded the National Medal to ten museums and libraries at a July 17 ceremony in Washington.

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Funded projects will test and develop museum and library collaborative approaches for bringing about positive community change.
IMLS-funded projects tackle the complexity of using and preserving born-digital collections.
This year, IMLS is particularly interested in museums and libraries with programs that build community cohesion and serve as catalysts for positive community change.

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