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New Data: More than 90% of U.S. Public Libraries Have Used E-rate

“With more than $36 billion dollars of discounts provided to date, the Universal Service Schools and Libraries Program, commonly known as “E-rate,” helps schools and libraries acquire Internet access and telecommunication products and services at affordable rates. Over the years, the E-rate program has provided critical support to public libraries that lack adequate infrastructure, helping them maintain their role as essential information hubs in communities across the country. While the program has been in existence for about 15 years, it has been difficult to determine just how many libraries have participated. Currently, the data that the Universal Services Administrative Company, the nonprofit corporation designated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to administer the E-rate program, makes available on its public data tool lists the applicants but not the awardees associated with each application. E-rate applications are often submitted on behalf of many individual libraries and school.” (via UpNext: The IMLS Blog)

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Preview of FY 2011 Public Libraries Survey Available

“The Institute of Museum and Library Services has made available a preview of the Fiscal Year 2011 Public Libraries in the United States Survey. Now in its twenty-fourth year, the Public Library Survey gathers data from more than 98 percent of public libraries across the country. In FY 2011, there were 8,956 public libraries in the United States, which served 299.9 million people or 95.3 percent of the U.S. population.” (via IMLS)

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\Institute of Museum and Library Services Announces 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service Finalists

“The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced 30 finalists for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal, the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community, is celebrating its 20th year of saluting institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities.” (via IMLS)

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Institute of Museum and Library Services Announces 20th Anniversary of National Medal Program

“The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the 20th Anniversary of its National Medal for Museum and Library Service program, the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community. In the last twenty years, the Institute of Museum and Library Services has recognized 132 institutions for remarkable community programming and resources. “We are delighted to celebrate this milestone and salute our previous National Medal-winning museums and libraries,” said Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “In the last twenty years, we have seen institutions adapt and innovate to the shifting needs of their communities, helping us to create a nation of learners. We are proud of the role we have been able to play in recognizing and aiding these organizations’ service to the public.” (via IMLS)

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ALA receives IMLS grant to assess impact of library public programs

“The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced today that it received a National Leadership Grant of $99,996, from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The funds will support a one-year project, entitled the National Impact of Library Public Programs Assessment (NILPPA), for the development of a comprehensive research agenda to document the characteristics, audiences, outcomes, and value of public programming in libraries at a national level.” (via ALA)

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IMLS Announces Effort to Strengthen State Museum Associations

The American Alliance of Museums, working in cooperation with IMLS, will explore capacity-building strategies for state museum associations to better serve local museums. Throughout the United States, 45 museum associations help museums in their states to provide lifelong learning experiences and preserve and interpret cultural, artistic, and scientific heritage. For many museums, especially for small museums and museums in remote areas, these state museum associations play a significant role in providing technical assistance, professional development opportunities and more.” (via IMLS)

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ARL Awarded IMLS and Mellon Grants for Strategic Thinking and Design

“ARL has been awarded two grants to support a strategic thinking and design process in 2013–2014. This strategic process will frame the critical work of the Association and define the role ARL plays in higher education and research to maximize its ability to be agile and responsive to rapidly changing priorities and member institution needs. To accomplish this goal, the ARL membership and members of the higher education and library communities will engage in a three-part iterative process of strategic thinking…” (via ARL)

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Press Releases More than $14.6 Million in Federal Grants Awarded to U.S. Libraries

“The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced grants for 42 library projects totaling $14,670,662. The projects were selected from more than 285 applications requesting a total of $37,977,530 and were awarded through three IMLS programs: the Native American Library Services Enhancement program, the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, and the National Leadership Grants for Libraries program.Grantees are matching these awards with a total of $10,546,376 in non-federal funds.” (via IMLS)

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Use of Small and Rural Libraries Grows in the Digital Age

“Rural and small public libraries in the United States are community anchors, providing critical services and resources to meet a variety of local needs. The IMLS brief, The State of Small and Rural Libraries in the United States, provides the agency’s first targeted analysis of trends for rural and small library services. The report gives an overview of the distribution, service use, fiscal health, and staffing of these important community assets. One of the report’s surprising findings is the sheer number of public libraries that can be classified as either small or rural.” (via IMLS)

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IMLS Awards Nearly $30 Million in Federal Grants to Museums across the U.S.

“Across the country museums are innovating to engage their communities, creating exciting new learning experiences, and caring for and making accessible their rich collections. This year the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded grants totaling nearly $30 million for 244 projects at museums of all types, from art museums to science centers, from aquariums to history museums. On September 18, IMLS Director Susan Hildreth will honor the grantees at a workshop and ceremony in Washington, D.C. Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY) will give remarks. Grant recipients from across the country will also attend.” (via IMLS)

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