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IMLS Awards $1.3 Million for Training and Professional Development Projects

Thursday, October 16, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

IMLS Press Contact
202-653-4799
Giuliana Bullard, gbullard@imls.gov

Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced grants and a cooperative agreement totaling $1,373,405 for three projects featuring training and professional development resources that will benefit library, museum, and archives professionals.

“I am proud that IMLS is supporting these projects that strengthen collections care, increase access to cultural heritage materials, and provide leadership training for museum, library, and archive professionals,” said Susan H. Hildreth.

With a $275,000 National Leadership Grant for Museums, the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) in Washington, D.C., will operate a community of practice focused on providing information, training, and support for those who care for collections in the U.S. “Connecting to Collections Care,” or “C2C Care,” will be a free resource for library, museum, and archives professionals offering discussion forums, 24 new collections care webinars, links to vital resources, and an archive of 50 past webinars and associated course materials developed by the C2C Online Community. The project will issue digital badges to those who complete a designated series of webinars and submit related assignments. Contact: Dr. Eric Pourchot, Institutional Advancement Director, (202)661-8061, epourchot@conservation-us.org.

Through a cooperative agreement and $698,605 of IMLS funding, Washington State University, Pullman, Wash., will increase the capacity of tribal archives, libraries, and museums (TALMs) to digitize and preserve cultural heritage materials in culturally responsive ways. The “Tribal Stewardship Cohort Program: Digital Heritage Management, Archiving, and Mukurtu CMS Training,” is a three-year project that focuses on the unique needs of TALMs, using Mukurtu CMS as a core component of culturally sustainable digital heritage management, and incorporating both international archival and library standards and the ethical and cultural considerations of tribal archives, libraries, museums and the communities they serve throughout the nation. Contact: Kim Christen Withey, Ph.D., Associate Director, Digital Technology and Culture Program and Director of Digital Projects, Plateau Center, Native American Programs, Washington State University, (509) 335-4177, kachristen@wsu.edu.

With a $399,800 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant, the Educopia Institute of Atlanta, Ga., in close collaboration with the Center for Creative Leadership and a wide range of leadership training stakeholders from the library, archives, and museum communities, will collaboratively establish a national Nexus Leadership Lab for library, archives, and museum (LAM) leadership training. The Leadership Lab will create a roadmap of leadership training opportunities, a core curriculum, and evaluation instruments, and establish and train a network of trainers. Contact: Katherine Skinner, Ph.D., Executive Director, Educopia Institute, (404)783-2534, katherine.skinner@metaarchive.org.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Programs: 
National Leadership Grants for Libraries