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Thursday, July 28, 2016
The Office of Library Services recently published its FY 2017 application guidelines for both the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21) and the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program (NLG). This is the first in a series of posts drawing attention to key points in the Notices of Funding Opportunity (guidelines) for those programs, focusing on elements of the programs that have been refined or changed from previous years.Read more
Thursday, July 28, 2016
By Sarah Fuller IMLS Office of Library Services The Office of Library Services recently published our FY 2017 application guidelines for both the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21) and the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program (NLG). This post is part of a series drawing...Read more
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
By Elizabeth Chase Frisco Public Library Editor’s Note: Frisco Public Library conducted the interview below with community member Catherine Ghaffar, a local resident who with her family recently used the library’s STEM backpacks. The backpacks were purchased with a $41,613.00 grant from the...Read more
Thursday, July 7, 2016
“Don’t read the comments!” That bit of unfortunate advice has become all too common all over the internet. It comes in reaction to the way conversations in comment sections, on social media, or in internet forums can stray wildly off topic, veer toward bizarre conspiracy theories, or even turn abusive.Read more
Thursday, July 7, 2016
By Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew Look up at the stars on a clear night. Look for the star Sirius within the constellation Orion. You certainly learned about it in school or by using an astronomy phone app. Or perhaps it was a telescope-obsessed relative who showed you this star, also called Alpha Canis...Read more
Thursday, June 30, 2016
By OCGA Staff WASHINGTON _ The Institute of Museum and Library Services held its 2016 Capitol Hill Maker Faire on June 21, 2016 in collaboration with the Congressional Maker Caucus. The event, which had more than 1,000 registrants, explored the movement driven by hobbyists, tinkerers, crafters, and...Read more
Thursday, June 30, 2016
This spring, IMLS announced the recipients of National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG-L) awards from our fall 2015 application deadline. As noted in a recent blog post , applicants to the Learning in Libraries category were asked to align project activities with recommendations from a 2015 IMLS Focus Convening . One recommendation, pursuing research that connects with library practice , was addressed by three of the newly awarded NLG-L projects.Read more
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
By Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of blogs by IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew on the power of partnerships. We like stories about mavericks. We like to hear about how with perseverance and perhaps a little luck, a lone individual followed her or his dreams...Read more
Friday, June 24, 2016
Imagine a summer reading kick-off event, with an array of partners in support roles. The library has signed on to be a meals distribution site, to fill the gap we know exists when students are out of school. There are AmeriCorps volunteers at the ready to lead activities, and later in the summer the bookmobile will spend several weeks reaching kids with transportation barriers to the library. Coordinated efforts like this are happening in select communities throughout the U.S.Read more
Thursday, June 23, 2016
In 1934, founder Eli Lilly created Conner Prairie as a place that would “connect people with history in ways that books cannot.” Since then, Conner Prairie has endeavored to honor his legacy by creating exhibits, programs and interpretation methods that celebrate Indiana’s past in new and exciting ways.Read more

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