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community festival at the Miami-Dade Public Library

Libraries and museums build the civic strength of their communities and providing opportunities for public engagement. Museums and libraries are community anchors that drive economic and community development.

National Initiative: National Medal for Museum and Library Services
The National Medal honors outstanding institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Selected institutions demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach.

Partnership: StoryCorps 
Each year, select museums and libraries receive the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for these institutions. Beginning with the 2009 winners,  personal stories demonstrating the ongoing impact of these award-winning institutions are being documented through a cooperative agreement between IMLS and StoryCorps.

Partnership: Building Sustainable Communities 
IMLS is partnering with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to better understand how museums and libraries are working to support comprehensive community revitalization. Through this partnership, IMLS will analyze existing cases and report back on best practices and strategies for successful museum-library and community collaborations fostering revitalization.

Project Profiles

Events and Webinars

December 14 2016 2:00 PM Eastern
April 13 2016 9:30 AM Eastern to 10:15 AM Eastern
March 17 2016 2:00 PM Eastern to 3:00 PM Eastern

Press Releases

Awarded Grants

Institution Log Number Program Fiscal Year Award
Association of Science-Technology Centers MG-00-15-0002-15 National Leadership Grants for Museums $147,304.00
Illinois State Library RE-06-09-0098-09 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program $418,758.00
Peninsula Library System RE-06-09-0111-09 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program $170,025.00
Online Computer Library Center/WebJunction - Seattle RE-06-09-0119-09 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program $250,000.00
Online Computer Library Center/WebJunction RE-06-10-0086-10 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program $940,750.00
University of Arizona RE-51-13-0004-13 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program $47,915.00
American Library Association, Public Library Association RE-56-12-0031-12 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program $45,145.00
American Library Association, Public Library Association RE-56-12-0031-12 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program $45,145.00
University of Southern California, Libraries RE-56-12-0077-12 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program $20,713.00
Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums RE-56-13-0080-13 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program $50,000.00