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April 20, 2016
The Maker Movement returns to Washington, D.C., this summer as the Institute of Museum and Library Services, in collaboration with the Congressional Maker Caucus, hosts a free celebration of making on Capitol Hill. The second annual IMLS Capitol Hill Maker Faire, on June 21, will explore trends and drivers of the Maker Movement.
April 19, 2016
The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the 10 recipients of the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. The award will be presented at an event in Washington, D.C., on June 1.
April 12, 2016
The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced 40 grants to institutions totaling $13,016,100. The grants were awarded through the first cycle of the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.
April 4, 2016
Museums for All, a nationally-branded program helping museums across the country reach out to low-income families, marks the completion of its pilot phase with 67 participating museums in 26 states across the country and Washington, D.C.
March 15, 2016
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.
March 3, 2016
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.
March 2, 2016
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.
February 24, 2016
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.
February 24, 2016
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.
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.

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