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March 15 2016 Eastern
Research by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) found shifts in Americans’ interaction with public libraries’ materials, programs and services in Fiscal Year 2013.Read more
March 03 2016 Eastern
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and 15 national funding agencies from 11 countries on three continents announced the fourth round of the Digging into Data Challenge.Read more
March 02 2016 Eastern
The Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) today announced a new program to provide museums with collections conservation assessments.Read more
February 24 2016 Eastern
Open eBooks, a new initiative and e-reader app that will make thousands of popular, top-selling eBooks available to children in need for free, is launching today.Read more
February 24 2016 Eastern
Today, President Barack Obama announced his intention to nominate Dr. Carla Hayden to be Librarian of Congress. Since 2010, Dr. Hayden has served on the National Library and Museum Services Board, which advises the Institute of Museum and Library Services.Read more
February 23 2016 Eastern
The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced 30 finalists for the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community.Read more
February 19 2016 Eastern
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today released its Fiscal Year 2016 allotment table for 56 State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs), totaling $155,789,000.Read more
February 09 2016 Eastern
President Obama today released his FY 2017 budget request, which includes $230,000,000 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).Read more
February 01 2016 Eastern
IMLS is inviting proposals for special grants for research on informal educational approaches that leverage Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) expertise within communities in the broadest sense. The STEM Expert Facilitation of Family Learning in Libraries and Museums, or STEMeX, initiative will provide grants up to $1,000,000 for projects of up to two years. The deadline for applications is May 1, 2016 .Read more
January 28 2016 Eastern
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has announced its latest commitment to support libraries and archives that serve Native Americans, Alaskans, and Hawaiians through three grant opportunities. Applications are due by April 1, 2016.Read more
January 21 2016 Eastern
Today, Institute of Museum and Library Services Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew announced that Paula Gangopadhyay will serve as the agency’s new Deputy Director, Office of Museum Services, and Ammie Farraj Feijoo will assume the newly created role of Deputy Director, Office of Digital and Information Strategy.Read more
January 19 2016 Eastern
Mayors, county executives, school superintendents, and library leaders from approximately 50 cities and counties are meeting in Washington, DC, today as part of a national initiative to connect students to public library system resources. These communities are among the 60 communities that have answered the call of President Obama’s ConnectED Library Challenge to put a library card in every student’s hand through partnership initiatives.Read more
December 21 2015 Eastern
Notice of Funding Opportunities: Second Cycle of Funding for FY 2016 National Leadership Grants for Libraries and Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Preliminary two-page proposals addressing IMLS priorities will be accepted until February 2, 2016 deadline FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE IMLS Press...Read more
December 17 2015 Eastern
IMLS is accepting applications for Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries through the application deadline, February 1, 2016.Read more
December 02 2015 Eastern
On Wednesday, December 9, IMLS and USCIS present a webinar on employee rights and free tools available within myE-Verify for librarians.Read more

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