July 5, 2015

IMLS Announces Recipients of 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service


From the Institute for Museum and Library Services: 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 […]

New Statistics Available: IMLS Releases New “Public Library Report” (FY 2010)

From a Blog Post by IMLS Chairman Susan Hildreth: According to the report, public libraries served 297.6 million people.  With a total U.S. population of more than 308.7 million in that year, it’s easy to see how relevant these community institutions are. The report is particularly compelling in documenting the importance of libraries to the […]

Maura Marx Named IMLS Deputy Director for the Office of Library Services

Congrats to Maura Marx! Here’s the Full Text of the IMLS Announcement (Along With Some Additional Background Links and Video): Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Director Susan H. Hildreth announced today that she has selected Maura Marx to be the IMLS Deputy Director of the Office of Library Services. “I am delighted that […]

Conference Paper: If We Build it, Will They Come? — Understanding Reference Users in the Age of Texting

This paper will be presented at the upcoming World Library and Information Congress, 78th IFLA General Conference and Assembly that will take Helsinki this August. Title If we build it, will they come? — Understanding reference users in the age of texting (9 pages; PDF) Author Lili Luo School of Library and Information Science San […]

State Library of North Carolina Announces $1.4 Million for Books, Outreach, Technology

From a North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Announcement: N.C. Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Linda A. Carlisle announced today that the State Library Division of the Department of Cultural Resources is awarding $1.4 million in federally funded grants for 71 local and statewide library projects for community outreach, library book collections, technology improvements and […]

WebJunction Receives $250,000 IMLS Grant to Support Libraries’ Roles in National Broadband Adoption Efforts

From Today’s Announcement: Today the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced a $250,000 award to WebJunction to work with state libraries in Illinois, Mississippi, and West Virginia; federal policy makers; and the national nonprofit Connect2Compete to help national digital literacy efforts effectively work with libraries to plan for and deliver digital literacy training. […]

IMLS Awards $50,000 to the Public Library Association to Prototype a Summer Reading App

From IMLS: The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced a planning grant of $50,000 to the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association. This National Leadership Grant will aid in the development of a “summer reading app” for mobile devices by the summer of 2013. [Clip] “Research shows […]

A New Report from IMLS: “Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture”

New from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Salzburg Global Seminar. From Summary Announcement: The report details the events of the October, 2011 convening of fifty-eight library, museum, and cultural heritage leaders from thirty-one countries. Together, the participants developed a set of recommendations to help libraries and museums embrace new possibilities for […]

New Multimedia Tools Help Museums, Libraries Support 21st Century Skills


From the Institute of Museum and Library Services: The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has revamped the web page for its Museums, Libraries, and 21 st Century Skills initiative. Museums and libraries visiting the page will now be able to access practitioner videos, a PowerPoint presentation, an updated resource list, and a toolkit […]

Now Available: Archived Video From 2012 WebWise Conference on Libraries and Museums in the Digital Age

The conference took place in Baltimore earlier this month and was sponsored by IMLS. Archived video of conference sessions is now available. Sessions Include: Pre-Con: “Engaging 21st Century Learners” Sharing Public History Work: Crowdsourcing Data and Sources New Ways of Seeing Old Collections: Data Visualizations Keynote: John Palfrey: Digital Public Library of America” Digital Voices: […]