May 23, 2022

IMLS Releases Call For Applications: FY 2015 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

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From the Institute of Museum and Library Services:

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications for the FY 2015 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program now through the program deadline of September 15, 2014.

The program supports grants for the recruiting and educating library students, continuing education for those already in the profession, research, and new programs that build institutional capacity.

What are IMLS FY 2015 Funding Priorities For the Program?

This year, the program incorporates three agency priorities, which were discussed in a series of national convenings with IMLS staff and stakeholders. They are:

  • National digital platform
  • Learning spaces in libraries
  • STEM learning in libraries

In particular, applicants should consider projects of professional development and continuing education that address:

  • Digital services (content curation, user services infrastructure design and management)
  • Hands-on, participatory learning services (makerspaces, learning labs, digital media studios, etc.)
  • Connected learning models
  • Community engagement
  • Mentorship, service learning, and practical models for development
  • STEM learning
  • Building capacity to embrace open-ended design challenges and proactive service development


FY 2015 Program Guidelines

FY 2014 Grant Announcement

Learn More


We invite you to participate in one of two pre-application webinars to learn more about the program, ask questions, and listen to the questions and comments of other participants.

The first webinar will be July 29, 2014 at 3:00pm EDT and the second webinar (a repeat of the first) will be August 13, 2014 at 3:00pm EDT . Click here for instructions on how to join the webinars.

We also are available by phone and e-mail to discuss general issues relating to Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grants.
IMLS Staff Contacts for this program are:
Mary Alice Ball, Senior Program Officer 202-653-4730,
Sandra Toro, Senior Program Officer 202-653-4662,
Emily Reynolds, Library Program Specialist 202-653-4665,

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