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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.

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    IMLS At 20

    September 30 kicks off a yearlong celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Museum and Library Services Act of 1996 which created the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Visit our anniversary page and follow along as we mark 20...

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    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 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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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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See the impact of IMLS in your state through grants, events, features, and research making a difference where you live.

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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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Cool Culture's Laboratory for New Audiences 2.0 Encourages Cultural Equity in New York

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 encourage museums to address institutional accessibility.

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Community-centric evaluation using shared success measures can nurture the innovation process. It can also improve the likelihood of your community's successes and your role as a catalyst in promoting well-being.
A project of ACM and the University of Washington’s Museology Graduate Program created a professional network and research agenda to examine practices and learning frameworks at children’s museums.
IMLS invites proposals to test and develop museum and library collaborative approaches for bringing about positive community change.

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