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Grant Spotlights

Performers wearing traditional regalia for tribal dance
For 30 years, the Celebration event of Southeast Alaska encapsulated the pride of three tribal communities. Sealaska Heritage Institute digitized over 250 videotapes, ensuring that a record of these events would be accessible for future generations.
Pair of volunteer hands wearing gloves replicate water damage and salvaging techniques using paper and bowls
The Florida Association of Museums answered a call for help in improving collections policies and emergency plans of collecting institutions of many disciplines across Florida.
All American Boys authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
For 10 years, the Maryland State Library, Maryland Center for the Book at Maryland Humanities, along with other nonprofit and corporate partners, have explored what happens in communities when everyone reads one book at the same time.
Kathryn Matthew, Director of IMLS
IMLS awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service to ten museums and libraries at a July 17 ceremony at the National Archives Museum in Washington, D.C.
Children standing outdoors looking at nature
The Detroit Zoological Society knows the importance of training students for STEM-based careers. Their Tomorrow’s Leaders Today program engages Detroit’s underrepresented youth with hands-on workshops that encourage exploration of STEM-related career pathways.
image of people
The Talking Book & Braille Center, a division of the New Jersey State Library, uses assistive technologies to improve reading access to individuals with visual impairments. With a focus on veteran services, the center is closing the digital divide created by visual impairments and disabilities that prevent reading.
Bill Hinderer at the Maine Historical Society
For 16 years, Maine Historical Society has involved hundreds of cultural institutions as curators for their digital museum, Maine Memory Network. Through their new, pilot initiative, Maine Historical Society is now empowering individuals to be curators as well.
Two Girls Sitting during Farmington Library Storytime
By the time children enter kindergarten, they have already developed fundamental cognitive, social and motor skills that will equip them to read. The Public Library Association embarked on a study to understand how the support of parents, caregivers and libraries who work with these adults comes into play.
Cool Culture’s Laboratory for New Audiences 2.0 workshop
Cultural institutions have the power to foster conversations about accessibility and cultural equity in some of the most diverse neighborhoods in New York City. Cool Culture is using IMLS funding to harness that conversation and encourage museums to address institutional accessibility.
CRMS Reviewers gathered in front of computer
Determining the copyright status of a piece of work is an important but complex task. With a multi-year grant, the University of Michigan Library created a system that reviewed over 650,000 pieces of work and determined their copyright status, resulting in open reading access to these materials for a wider audience.