January 10, 2018

Contact: Giuliana Bullard
202-653-4799, gbullard@imls.gov

IMLS Presents New Strategic Plan for 2018-2022
Vision Will Focus on Advancing Museums, Libraries, and Their Communities

Washington, DC— The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today released a new plan to guide the agency’s programs and services over the next five years. Transforming Communities, the IMLS Strategic Plan 2018-2022, frames how IMLS will advance, support, and empower America’s libraries, museums, and the communities they serve.

“Museums and libraries provide Americans with access to vital collections, information, and opportunities that can be life-changing,” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. “We hope this strategic vision will open up new conversations, inspire meaningful collaboration, and help museums and libraries improve the well-being of their communities.”

The new plan outlines four strategic goals that will underpin the agency’s programs and services:

  1. Promote Lifelong Learning: IMLS supports learning and literacy for people of all ages through museums and libraries.

  2. Build Capacity: IMLS strengthens the capacity of museums and libraries to improve the well-being of their communities.

  3. Increase Public Access: IMLS makes strategic investments that increase access to information, ideas, and networks through libraries and museums.

  4. Achieve Excellence: IMLS strategically aligns its resources and relationships to support libraries and museums nationwide.

Developed with input from a wide variety of community stakeholders, as well as IMLS leadership, staff, and board members, the agency invites a continuation of the conversation through three Twitter chats: January 17, 24, and 31, focusing on learning, capacity building, and access. Please see the IMLS website for more details.

IMLS will assess the agency’s progress in achieving the goals and objectives framed in the strategic plan, revising it accordingly over the next five years.

Transforming Communities, the IMLS Strategic Plan 2018-2022, can be found here.

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 approximately 120,000 libraries and 35,000 museums and related organizations. 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.

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