July 15, 2014


IMLS Press Contact
Giuliana Bullard, gbullard@imls.gov

Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications for the FY 2015 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program now through the program deadline of September 15, 2014. The program supports grants for the recruiting and educating library students, continuing education for those already in the profession, research, and new programs that build institutional capacity. For program guidelines and more information about the funding opportunity, click here.

This year, the program incorporates three agency priorities, which were discussed in a series of national convenings with IMLS staff and stakeholders. They are:

  • National digital platform
  • Learning spaces in libraries
  • STEM learning in libraries

In particular, applicants should consider projects of professional development and continuing education that address:

  • Digital services (content curation, user services infrastructure design and management)            
  • Hands-on, participatory learning services (makerspaces, learning labs, digital media studios, etc.)
  • Connected learning models
  • Community engagement
  • Mentorship, service learning, and practical models for development
  • STEM learning
  • Building capacity to embrace open-ended design challenges and proactive service development

We invite you to participate in one of two pre-application webinars to learn more about the program, ask questions, and listen to the questions and comments of other participants.

The first webinar will be July 29, 2014 at 3:00pm EDT and the second webinar (a repeat of the first) will be August 13, 2014 at 3:00pm EDT. Click here for instructions on how to join the webinars.

One-on-One Assistance
We also are available by phone and e-mail to discuss general issues relating to Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grants. IMLS Staff Contacts for this program are:

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program