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December 22, 2009
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announces the release of a new research brief, Service Trends in U.S. Public Libraries, 1997-2007. The brief identifies important changes public libraries have made to address patron needs in an increasingly Internet-centric environment and explores service differences in urban and rural communities.
December 17, 2009
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications for the 2010 Native American Library Services Basic Grants program. Federally recognized tribes and Alaska Native villages and corporations may apply for these grants in either the Basic or the Basic with Education/Assessment Option categories.
December 10, 2009
Every year, more than 9,000 libraries are surveyed in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands, answering questions on population, library collections, services and programs, staff numbers, revenues and expenditures and other electronic information.
December 9, 2009
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the University of Denver, and the Denver Art Museum announce open registration for the 2010 WebWise Conference on Libraries and Museums in the Digital World. Each year, approximately 350 representatives of museums, libraries, archives, information and systems science, and other fields interested in the future of high-quality online content for inquiry and education attend the free conference.
December 9, 2009
A memorial to the victims of the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center, the mementos of Civil War officers, and a blockhouse from an 18th-century Russian trading fort in Alaska are among the thousands of historically significant objects that will be conserved with the 2009 Save America’s Treasures (SAT) grants.
December 9, 2009
Museums, libraries, and educators in Colorado are working on high tech projects that excite students and engage life-long learners. Whether it’s a Denver Art Museum Web site that cultivates children’s creativity in the visual and language arts or web tools that deliver primary sources on the World War II-era experiences of Japanese Americans in Colorado, digital technology stimulates students and opens doors to learning.
December 8, 2009
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) invites nominations for the 2010 Coming Up Taller awards, which honor excellence in afterschool, out-of-school, and summer arts and humanities programs for underserved children and youth. Coming Up Taller is an initiative of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) in partnership with IMLS, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
November 20, 2009
Scientists, researchers, and scholars across the world generate vast amounts of digital data, but the scientific record and the documentary heritage created in digital form are at risk -- from technology obsolescence, from the fragility of digital media, and from the lack of baseline practices for managing and preserving digital data.
November 20, 2009
On October 31, 2009, 59 cultural heritage leaders from 32 countries, including representatives of Africa, the Middle East, South America, and Asia, unanimously passed the Salzburg Declaration on the Conservation and Preservation of Cultural Heritage (PDF, 15KB).
November 20, 2009
The Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) will advance technology that can recover and digitally re-master rare early sound recordings made on wax cylinders – including experimental recordings created in the 1880’s by Alexander Graham Bell -- even when the original cylinder is cracked or broken.
November 13, 2009
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and in cooperation with Arts Midwest, announces the 2010 deadline for The Big Read, a program to revitalize the role of literature in American culture.
November 6, 2009
Anne-Imelda Radice, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), joined First Lady Michelle Obama in honoring young people from 19 communities in the U.S., China, Egypt, and Mexico who engage in after-school arts and humanities programs. Winners of the 2009 Coming Up Taller Awards, which promote educational achievement and creativity, were honored at a White House ceremony on November 4.
November 6, 2009
Museums and libraries are invited to apply for free NASA space shuttle artifacts, including small items such as astronaut helmets, gloves, and boots, and large items such as shuttle Motion Based Simulators and Crew Compartment Trainers.
July 11, 2009
Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century Skills Marsha L. Semmel IMLS Deputy Director for Museum Services and Director for Strategic Partnerships Chicago Public Library July 11, 2009 Thank you, Dr. Radice, for your introduction. I also want to thank the MacArthur Foundation , especially Connie Yowell...
May 23, 2009
Marsha L. Semmel IMLS Deputy Director for Museum Services and Director for Strategic Partnerships Korean Museum Association Annual Meeting Seoul, Korea May 23, 2009 I want to express my deep thanks to the Korean Museum Association and the Korea Foundation for making it possible for me to address...