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Wednesday, June 8, 2016
In early May 2016, the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum reached the milestone of 100,000 catalogued lots in its mollusk (mostly “dry shells”) collection. This high-priority, IMLS-funded cataloguing project, which includes web dissemination of a searchable version of the catalogue, has been funded by two “Museums for America” grants, both in the Collections Stewardship category.Read more
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
IMLS recently announced the recipients of National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG-L) from our fall 2015 application deadline, and over the past few weeks, our colleagues Trevor Owens and Emily Reynolds have highlighted projects aligned with the agency’s National Digital Platform funding priority in a four-part blog series. Switching gear slightly, we wanted to spotlight our new grantees whose projects respond to our Learning in Libraries priority.Read more
Friday, May 6, 2016
This is the fourth post in a four-part series highlighting recent awards made by the Office of Library Services in the National Digital Platform priority area , through the National Leadership Grants for Libraries program and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program. To learn more about each project, click on their IMLS log number for links to components of their grant application.Read more
Thursday, May 5, 2016
This is the third post in a four-part series highlighting recent awards made by the Office of Library Services in the National Digital Platform priority area , through the National Leadership Grants for Libraries program and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program. To learn more about each project, click on their IMLS log number for links to components of their grant application.Read more
Monday, May 2, 2016
"...turn off that TV, just have fun with your kids." Queens’s resident Myrna Tinoco (L) tells Delia Meza (R), a youth educator at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), about why she became an NYSCI member, and how invaluable it's been for her kids, particularly for her son with autism.Read more
Monday, May 2, 2016
"My dad took me to my first coding class when I was 10. I realized I was the only girl there, and I walked out..." Sixteen year-old Mallika Yeleswarapu, an intern at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA, talks to museum educator Lauren Cage about the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) for girls and women and the need for more female role models in science. Mallika asks the first question.Read more
Friday, April 29, 2016
This year, we were excited to see a critical mass of proposals for projects to increase digital skills of librarians and archivists under the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program (LB21). These proposals serve to round out our investments in National Digital Platform tools and infrastructure by ensuring that the library workforce will be prepared to adopt, use, and build upon these systems. They reach audiences nationwide, including current LIS students, recent graduates, and experienced professionals.Read more
Friday, April 29, 2016
As the deadline nears for some IMLS grants (including the new STEMEx NOFO ), we encourage applicants and potential applicants to revisit this blog by IMLS’ Dr. Connie Bodner.Read more
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
The windows of Maymont Mansion look out onto a breathtaking landscape and into a world of Gilded Age treasures, but how often does anyone consider the windows themselves? Their importance was recognized in FY15 with a $145,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and matching funds from the Richard S. Reynolds Foundation . This financial support allowed us to begin a comprehensive window conservation and museum environment improvement project that was planned through a prior IMLS grant, 2009-2010.Read more
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Federal agencies have released a second call for bold proposals to improve education, employment, and other key outcomes for disconnected youth. Over five million 14-to-24-year-olds in the U.S. are out of school and not working. In many cases, they face additional challenges including being financially unstable, homeless, in foster care, or involved in the justice system. In response, seven federal agencies, including the Institute of Museum and Library Services, are jointly inviting state, local, and tribal communities to apply to become a Performance Partnership Pilot (P3) to test innovative, outcome-focused strategies to achieving better outcomes for these youth, as well as youth at risk of becoming disconnected from critical social institutions and supports.Read more

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