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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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MIT and Harvard libraries awarded grant to foster careers in digital stewardship

“MIT and Harvard libraries will play a role in ensuring a new generation of library school graduates will be prepared for jobs in digital stewardship. The universities were jointly awarded a 2013 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) that will fund a pilot program to help recent graduates gain the skills, experience, and network needed to begin successful careers. “There’s a real gap between students graduating and the skills they need for available jobs. The program aims to bridge that gap,” said Nancy McGovern, head of curation and preservation services for MIT Libraries, and a co-author of the grant proposal.” (via MIT Libraries News)

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New Report Highlights Roles of Libraries and Museums in Preparing Young Children for Success

“Libraries and museums are effective, but often overlooked resources in our nation’s effort to turn around a crisis in early learning, exposing children to reading and powerful learning experiences in the critical early years and keeping them learning through the summer months, according to a report issued today by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. The report, Growing Young Minds: How Museums and Libraries Create Lifelong Learners, documents dozens of examples and 10 key ways libraries and museums are supporting young children. It provides a clear call to policymakers, schools, funders, and parents to make full use of these vital, existing community resources.” (via IMLS)

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White House Highlights Museum and Library “Champions of Change”

“On Tuesday, June 11th, the White House will honor twelve people as museum and library “Champions of Change.”  This Champions event will focus on libraries and museums who make a difference for their neighborhoods and for our nation.  The honorees are providing powerful learning experiences.  They are reaching young children and their families with early learning opportunities; offering exciting experiences for teens to develop skills in science, technology, engineering and math; and helping immigrants learn English and pursue citizenship and providing services for hard-to-reach populations so that everyone can succeed in school and in life.”

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IMLS and WebJunction Convening Examines Continuing Education for Library Professionals

“Today the Institute of Museum and Library Services and WebJunction hosted a convening of fifteen library continuing education influencers in Arlington, Virginia, including representatives of state libraries, library associations, non-profit providers of library continuing education, and schools of library and information science. They gathered to discuss the state of continuing education for library staff in the United States and to seek sustainable solutions for unmet needs within the library community. The goal of the meeting was to identify opportunities–through new partnerships, projects, and action steps–to move libraries forward and grow library leadership.”

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National Medal for Museum and Library Service to Be Awarded Today at White House

“This afternoon, in a White House ceremony in the East Room, First Lady Michelle Obama will join Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Director Susan Hildreth to present the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service to 10 museums and libraries from across the country. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community and celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities.” (via IMLS)

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Institute of Museum and Library Services Announces Recipients of 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

“The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the recipients of the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community and celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities.” (via Institute of Museum and Library Services)

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IMLS Director Susan Hildreth Supports Broad Access to Federally Funded Research

“The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced today its continuing commitment to expanding public access to IMLS funded research. In a February 22 memorandum, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy directed agencies to develop plans to increase access to federally funded scientific research and improve the management of research data.”

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A More Powerful School Library Catalogue

“It seems like just a few months ago that I received the exciting news that my Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Early Career Researcher Grant, Digital Libraries to School Libraries, was funded in 2009. So much has happened since IMLS featured the project on its website. No stranger to funded research, I know that grant projects have a way of succumbing to unforeseen external forces that make implementation a little tougher than was envisioned at proposal time. While this project has certainly had its share of surprises and adjustments, it has also had its share of successes. I’m pleased to share a big one with you here. Digital Libraries to School Libraries (DL2SL) is a project designed to offer solutions for school librarians’ pressing challenges in budget, curriculum, and technology. As the educators who lead the development of the school’s learning resource base, school librarians must have strategies to ensure learners’ ready access to high-quality, exciting, curriculum-linked materials.”

via UpNext: The IMLS Blog

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IMLS 2010 Public Library Survey Results Announced

“Public libraries served 297.6 million people throughout the United States, a number that is equivalent to 96.4 percent of the total U.S. population, according to new research by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). In 2010, there were 8,951 public libraries in the 50 states and the District of Columbia with 17,078 public library branches and bookmobiles. IMLS today released the 2010 Public Libraries in the United States Survey, an analysis of the most comprehensive annual data collection of U.S. public library statistics. Nationally, public libraries have seen reductions in operating revenue, service hours, and staffing. Numbers for circulation, program attendance, and computer use continue to trend upward.”

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