The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced grants for 22 library projects, totalling $9,300,425. The funds will support projects of a national scope that will advance a national digital platform and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning in libraries. They will also fund projects to develop the human capital needed for successful library services, with training and education projects for library staff and library and information science students.
The projects were selected through a peer review process from applications through two IMLS grant programs. One hundred and eight applications were received through the National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG) program, requesting more than $31.3 million. The six NLG awards total $4,144,962 and will be matched with $4,116,344 in non-federal funds. They are the first of two rounds of funding through the NLG program for fiscal year 2015 and are projects that fall under the national digital platform, learning spaces in libraries, and STEM categories.
One hundred applications were received through the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, requesting $32,393,068. The 16 awards made through this program total $5,155,463 and will be matched with $2,415,910.
“It is exciting to invest in projects that support the digital library infrastructure with fresh thinking and advance STEM learning in libraries. These projects not only innovate, they bring together partners in new ways that will surely enrich and extend their impact,” said IMLS Acting Director Maura Marx.
She added, “The range of skills and education needed by people working in libraries and archives seems to grow every year. These new training and education projects include creative collaborations that will help prepare library staff for the demands of a changing profession.”
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