• Children participate in an interactive story time at Farmington Public Library in Farmington, NM
    Every Child Ready to Read Depends on Libraries Preparing...

    A research study is investigating the impacts of family-centric library early learning programming on the development of literacy and reading skills in young children.

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    Cool Culture's Laboratory for New Audiences 2.0...

    Cultural institutions have the power to foster conversations about accessibility and cultural equity in some of the most diverse neighborhoods in New York City. Cool Culture is using IMLS funding to harness that conversation and...

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    Museums and Libraries Catalyst for Community Vitality

    A new report from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Reinvestment Fund provides insights for libraries and museums to connect with their communities in newer and deeper ways.

  • Members of the Copyright Review Management System at the University of Michigan
    The Copyright Review Management System: Opening the Doors...

    Determining the copyright status of a piece of work is an important but complex task. With a multi-year grant, the University of Michigan Library created a system that reviewed over 650,000 pieces of work and determined their copyright...

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The Institute of Museum and Library Services is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and approximately 35,000 museums. Our mission has been to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. For the past 20 years, our grant making, policy development, and research has helped libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive.

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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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Children participate in an interactive story time at Farmington Public Library in Farmington, NM

Every Child Ready to Read Depends on Libraries Preparing Parents for Lifelong Involvement in Literacy

By the time children enter kindergarten, they have already developed fundamental cognitive, social and motor skills that equip them for one very important educational tool: reading. The Public Library Association embarked on a three-year study to find how the support of parents, caregivers and libraries who work with these adults comes into play.

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Approximately $9.2 million will go to international teams investigating how large-scale computational techniques may be applied to answering humanities and social sciences research questions.
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