May 17, 2022

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 cultural and civic engagement. This is the first budget request for the agency since the adoption of its new five-year strategic plan.”This budget helps museums and libraries level the playing field for the people of the United States,” said Susan Hildreth, director of IMLS. “IMLS is the federal voice for libraries and museums. With this budget we will continue to provide leadership through grantmaking research and policy development. Especially in our information age, libraries and museums are not luxuries; they are fundamental to supporting a democratic society where communities and individuals thrive with broad access to lifelong learning.”

The President requested $184,704,000 for the nation’s 123,000 libraries. Of that amount, approximately 85 percent ($156.3 million) is distributed through the Grants to States program to the State Library Administrative Agencies in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and freely associated states, according to a population-based formula. These grants help libraries meet community needs, use technology to develop new service models and reach underserved populations. Library funding also supports the following programs:

In support of the nation’s 17,500 museums, the President requested $30,859,000 for the following grant programs:

The mission and activities of the Conservation Project Support grant program, to help museums identify conservation needs and priorities and perform activities to ensure the safekeeping of their collections, combined with the Museums for America program under this request. Similarly, the work of the 21st Century Museum Professionals program, to support projects that address the preparation of museum professionals for the future by updating and expanding their knowledge and skills, is part of the National Leadership Grant program for museums. These changes will make it easier for applicants choose funding categories that relate to their institutional priorities.

The President’s budget provides $1,886,000 million in continued support for research and policy activities, including funding for the Public Library Survey and the State Library Agency Survey. In 2011, IMLS released the following:

IMLS’s research arm is currently managing two additional evaluations of IMLS programs, the Grants to States Program and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. In addition the office is overseeing the Museums Count collections survey and a national household survey to gauge the use of museums and library services among the American public.

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