May 17, 2021

IMLS Awards $1.3 Million For Three Training and Professional Development Projects

From the Institute of Museum and Library Services:

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced grants and a cooperative agreement totaling $1,373,405 for three projects featuring training and professional development resources that will benefit library, museum, and archives professionals.

“I am proud that IMLS is supporting these projects that strengthen collections care, increase access to cultural heritage materials, and provide leadership training for museum, library, and archive professionals,” said Susan H. Hildreth.

With a $275,000 National Leadership Grant for Museums, the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) in Washington, D.C., will operate a community of practice focused on providing information, training, and support for those who care for collections in the U.S. “Connecting to Collections Care,” or “C2C Care,” will be a free resource for library, museum, and archives professionals offering discussion forums, 24 new collections care webinars, links to vital resources, and an archive of 50 past webinars and associated course materials developed by the C2C Online Community. The project will issue digital badges to those who complete a designated series of webinars and submit related assignments

Through a cooperative agreement and $698,605 of IMLS funding, Washington State University, Pullman, Wash., will increase the capacity of tribal archives, libraries, and museums (TALMs) to digitize and preserve cultural heritage materials in culturally responsive ways. The “Tribal Stewardship Cohort Program: Digital Heritage Management, Archiving, and Mukurtu CMS Training,” is a three-year project that focuses on the unique needs of TALMs, using Mukurtu CMS as a core component of culturally sustainable digital heritage management, and incorporating both international archival and library standards and the ethical and cultural considerations of tribal archives, libraries, museums and the communities they serve throughout the nation.

With a $399,800 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant, the Educopia Institute of Atlanta, Ga., in close collaboration with the Center for Creative Leadership and a wide range of leadership training stakeholders from the library, archives, and museum communities, will collaboratively establish a national Nexus Leadership Lab for library, archives, and museum (LAM) leadership training. The Leadership Lab will create a roadmap of leadership training opportunities, a core curriculum, and evaluation instruments, and establish and train a network of trainers.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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