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February 23, 2016
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.
February 19, 2016
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.
February 9, 2016
President Obama today released his FY 2017 budget request, which includes $230,000,000 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
February 1, 2016
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 .
January 28, 2016
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.
January 21, 2016
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.
January 19, 2016
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.
December 21, 2015
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...
December 17, 2015
IMLS is accepting applications for Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries through the application deadline, February 1, 2016.
December 2, 2015
On Wednesday, December 9, IMLS and USCIS present a webinar on employee rights and free tools available within myE-Verify for librarians.
November 17, 2015
IMLS partners in the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards, recognizing the country’s best creative youth development programs for children and youth in the arts and humanities.
November 9, 2015
A new national report finds that many museums and libraries are leveraging their prominent local positions to help rebuild troubled neighborhoods, driving economic, educational and social efforts that help raise standards of living.
November 9, 2015
The National Museum and Library Services Board next meets on November 18 from 9:15 a.m.–2:30 p.m. in New Orleans.
October 22, 2015
Seven science centers and museums are part of a pilot project aimed at finding new ways to introduce youth in low-income neighborhoods to STEM programs and careers.
October 13, 2015
The new IMLS-USCIS webinar will provide an overview about the White House Task Force on New Americans, an interagency effort to develop a federal strategy to better integrate immigrants into communities.

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