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IMLS Awards Grant to OCLC to Help Libraries Continue to Support Community Health Initiatives

“The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded OCLC a grant to continue work helping libraries support health information initiatives in their communities. In July 2013, OCLC received an IMLS grant to increase libraries’ ability to respond to customer health information needs, launching the “Health Happens in Libraries” program. IMLS is supporting an expansion of that effort with a $199,050 grant to OCLC. OCLC and its partner, ZeroDivide, will develop additional resources for individual libraries to highlight ways they can lead or support health initiatives.” (via IMLS)

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IMLS Announces New Awards to Strengthen Early Learning Activities at Libraries and Museums

“Today, IMLS announced three new awards to engage libraries and museums as key partners in comprehensive early learning strategies. Three separate awards totaling $771,854 will be awarded to the Georgia Public Library Service, OCLC, and the BUILD Initiative. These new investments follow up on recommendations made in Growing Young Minds: How Museums and Libraries Create Lifelong Learners, a policy report that called upon policymakers, schools, funders, and parents to make full use of these vital, existing community resources.” (via IMLS)

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IMLS Releases 2011 Public Libraries in the United States Report

“The Institute of Museum and Library Services released its Public Libraries in the United States Report, an in-depth examination of Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 survey data with important findings about the state of public library service in the U.S. The Public Libraries in the United States Survey (PLS) examines when, where, and how library services are changing to meet the needs of the public. These data, supplied annually by more than 97 percent of public libraries across the country, provide information that policymakers and practitioners can use to make informed decisions about the support and strategic management of libraries.” (via IMLS)

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Museums and Libraries in the Middle of the Maker Movement

“Among the guests at the first White House Maker Faire today is IMLS Director Susan H. Hildreth, who is representing the many libraries and museums around the country engaged in the Maker movement. Nationwide, libraries and museums are opening their doors to making, supported by new programming and investments from the Institute for Museum and Library Services and its partners. IMLS, the lead federal agency that supports the vitality of America’ s libraries and museums, invests in making at the institutional and national levels with funding for research and projects that place museums and libraries at the center of this participatory, hands-on learning movement.” (via IMLS)

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IMLS and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh to Partner on Makerspaces Project

“At a meeting of the National Museum and Library Services Board IMLS announced an initiative with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh (CMP) to build the capacity of libraries and museums to develop effective makerspaces and programs.  In recent years there has been an explosion of interest among museums and libraries in the hands-on, mentor-led learning environments known as makerspaces.  The maker movement has spread with hundreds of thousands of people participating in Maker Faires across the country and across the globe. The White House recently announced plans for a 2014 White House Maker Faire.” (via IMLS)

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