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Archived National Initiatives & Partnerships

IMLS and the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) at the U.S. Department of Education are working together to encourage effective collaborations between libraries and federally funded adult education programs.

IMLS is partnering with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to better understand how museums and libraries are working to support comprehensive community revitalization.

The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity to feature groups of Americans – individuals, businesses and organizations – doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire community members.

The ConnectED Library Challenge is a way for communities throughout the country to create or strengthen partnerships so that every child enrolled in school can receive a library card.

Connecting to Collections is a national initiative to raise public awareness of the importance of caring for our treasures, and to underscore the fact that these collections are essential to the American story.

IMLS and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare will work cooperatively to make sure that libraries are aware of and able to connect patrons with information resources and community partners about the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Film Forward is a cultural exchange program designed to enhance cross-cultural understanding, collaboration, and dialogue around the globe by engaging audiences through the exhibition of film and conversation with filmmakers.

IMLS and the HHS Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Head Start and Office of Child Care partner to encourage collaboration between early childhood programs and public libraries to meet the educational needs of young children and their families.

Museums and libraries serve families and are valuable community assets. BUILD and IMLS are partnering in a year-long effort to better integrate museums and libraries into statewide early childhood systems.

In 2015, IMLS held its first IMLS Focus Conference, a convening intended to highlight IMLS priorities, showcase grantees’ work, and explore the latest thinking in museums and libraries.

The International Strategic Partnership Initiative strengthens cross-cultural connections between U.S. museums and libraries and their global counterparts.

In support of President Obama's "Educate to Innovate" call to action, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services are working together to create 30 new youth learning labs in libraries and museums across the country.

This national initiative provided opportunities for millions of museum and garden visitors to learn about healthy food choices and promote physical activity through interactive exhibits and programs.

The Institute's Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century Skills initiative underscores the critical role our nation’s museums and libraries play in helping citizens build 21st century skills.

IMLS is a National Community Sponsor of the National STEM Video Game Challenge, promoting science, technology, engineering and math education.

The former WebWise Conference brought together representatives of museums, libraries, archives, systems science, education, and other fields interested in the future of high quality online content learning.