• Tactile signs and maps as a way to explore Mass Audubon's all-inclusive trails.
    Mass Audubon's Accessible Trails Project Connects All...

    Many people cannot access the beautiful trails that provide educational experiences because of physical or cognitive disabilities. Mass Audubon is on a mission to change that.

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    Capitol Hill Maker Faire Marked by Discussions, Exhibits

    WASHINGTON _ The Institute of Museum and Library Services held its 2016 Capitol Hill Maker Faire on June 21, 2016 in collaboration with the Congressional Maker Caucus.
     

  • First Lady Michelle Obama presented the National Medals at a ceremony at the White House
    Ten Museums and Libraries Honored with the National Medal

    On June 1, five museums and five libraries from across the nation received the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

  • A student at Magee Academy in Pico Rivera, CA, selects a book with the Open eBooks app. According to Principal Gisela Castañon, the Open eBooks app provides her students access to desperately needed quality titles that are available for hours of reading pleasure and practice. Photo courtesy of Magee Academy.
    The Open eBooks Initiative: Giving the Power of Reading to...

    Launched earlier this year, the Open eBooks initiative has garnered support and praise for its goal of helping children discover a love for reading through more open access to eBooks.

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Be a Maverick; Seek Out-of-the-Box Partnerships

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of blogs by IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew on the power of partnerships.

We like stories about mavericks. We like to hear about how with perseverance and perhaps a little luck, a lone individual followed her or his dreams and, to quote Steve Jobs, “put a ding in the universe.” We like these stories because they sound like us. We see ourselves as that maverick at the center of the universe. Each of us does. Read more

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A trail visitor uses tactile signs and maps as a way to explore one of Mass Audubon's 12 all-inclusive trails.

Mass Audubon's Accessible Trails Project Connects All to the Natural World

Many people cannot access the beautiful trails that provide educational experiences because of physical or cognitive disabilities. Mass Audubon is on a mission to change that.

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IMLS announced 243 grants through three library programs aimed at supporting and improving services among Native American and Native Hawaiian institutions.
IMLS announced the recipients of 11 library grants awarded through the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.
P3 is designed to help 14-to-24-year-olds in the U.S. who are out of school and not working. It calls for state, local, and tribal communities to test innovative and outcome-focused strategies that could achieve better results for these youth.

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