October 20, 2014

New from IMLS: "Building Digital Communities: New Resource to Help Communities Bridge the Digital Divide"

New from the Institute of Museum and Library Services: There are still 100 million Americans who do not have a broadband connection to the Internet. This sobering statistic has profound implications for economic success, educational achievement, and civic life. Communities face difficult challenges in their efforts to provide digital opportunity for all their residents. The […]

Obama Nominates San Francisco City Librarian to Serve on National Museum and Library Services Board

From an SFPL News Release: San Francisco City Librarian Luis Herrera was nominated today by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Museum and Library Services Board. Mr. Herrera, who was recently named Librarian of the Year 2012 by Library Journal magazine, has served as City Librarian since 2005. He oversees San Francisco’s 28 […]

Syracuse University Library Dean & University Librarian Susan Thorin Nominated to National Museum and Library Services Board

From Syracuse University: Suzanne E. Thorin, dean of libraries and University librarian at Syracuse University, was nominated to the National Museum and Library Services Board by President Obama on March 12. She is one of three individuals nominated by the president to serve as an adviser to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) […]

President Requests $231,953,777 for Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

UPDATE: ALA President Comments on LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) Funding in FY 2013 Budget From IMLS: President Obama has requested $231,953,777 for fiscal year 2013 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), an amount equal to the agency’s current funding. IMLS inspires libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and […]

New IMLS Report: State Library Agencies Continue to Provide Valuable Services Despite Severe Cuts in Funding and Staff

From the Institute of Museum and Library Services: The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has released its report on the State Library Survey for fiscal year 2010. The data collected in this annual survey show that state library agencies’ revenues fell by 24.1 percent in the previous decade and that reduction in staff […]

Library Services for Job Seekers: "Project Compass Lights a Path to Workforce Recovery"

Project Compass is a partnership between OCLC, the State Library of North Carolina, and IMLS. From the Web Junction Site: With a follow-on grant awarded by IMLS in October 2010, Project Compass turned its focus to training frontline library staff, providing them with strategies and resources to enhance their services to job seekers and other […]

IMLS Director Susan Hildreth Welcomes Robert Horton, New IMLS Associate Deputy Director for Library Services

From a Statement by IMLS Director, Susan Hildreth: Bob has most recently served as state archivist and director of the library, publications, and collections division at the Minnesota Historical Society. In his new position at IMLS, he is responsible for the management of the discretionary grant programs in the Office of Library Services. Bob studied […]

Early Sound Recordings by Alexander Graham Bell in 1880s Played Back With New Technology

UPDATE: You can now listen to the recordings online via the Library of Congress. Direct to Recordings ||| Additional Info via Library of Congress The team has successfully submitted six discs—all experimental recordings made by Volta—to the sound recovery process known as IRENE/3D (Image, Reconstruct, Erase Noise, Etc.), a process developed by Berkeley Lab in […]

National Competition Selects 12 Libraries and Museums to Build Innovative Learning Labs for Teens

From IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) and MacArthur Foundation: Today, the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced the first 12 winners of a national competition to build 21st Century learning labs in museums and libraries around the country. The winners—four museums and […]

IMLS Seeks Input on Proposed Framework for Digitally Inclusive Communities

From the Institute for Museum and Library Services: The Institute of Museum and Library Services, working together with the International City and County Management Association and the University of Washington Information School, is seeking public input on its proposed framework for Building Digitally Inclusive Communities. The framework is intended to help community leaders convene community discussions […]