January 16, 2022

Funding: IMLS Awards Nearly $7 Million in Grants (Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian, Native American, Native Hawaiian Programs)

Two news items today from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

From IMLS:

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced $2,985,512 in grants aimed at recruiting and educating the next generation of librarians, faculty, and library leaders.

The grants were awarded through the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.

Friday’s announcements represent the final awards in the 2016 fiscal year.


This year’s award recipients includes funding for the following projects:

  • Through a national forum, the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences will convene a group of experts from inside and outside the library community to articulate a vision and roadmap for data science in libraries. The project will focus on both skills and management gaps and will bring together diverse constituencies to discuss opportunities for coordination and collaboration.
  • The University of Maryland iSchool will expand the Lilead Fellows Program which currently provides professional development to librarians using strengths-based leadership, transformational change, effective communication, and evidence-based practice. Using lessons learned from the current single cohort program, the iSchool will create a sustainable program for all leaders in school libraries across the country. It will feature online professional development for school library leaders and a second cohort of 25 library supervisors who seek to be activists and advocates for school libraries at the district level.

Read the Complete Announcement and View List of Grants  (31 Grants Total)

and MORE Funding News…

IMLS Announces Over $4 Million in Library Services Grants for Native American and Native Hawaiian Communities

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced 243 grants totaling $4,055,022 through three library programs aimed at supporting and improving services among Native American and Native Hawaiian institutions.

“With these grants, the Institute of Museum and Library Services is providing vital assistance to organizations that address the learning and informational needs of Tribal communities in culturally-sensitive ways,” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew.

Native American Library Services Basic grants support existing library operations and maintain core library services. These noncompetitive grants are distributed in equal amounts among eligible applicants. Grants of $1,672,000 will be provided to 226 Indian tribes, Alaska native villages, regional corporations, and village corporations.

Native American Library Services Enhancement grants enhance existing library services or implement new library services for Indian tribes. Enhancement Grants are only awarded to applicants that have an active Native American Library Services Basic Grant in the same fiscal year. IMLS is awarding $1,952,251 to 14 institutions through this grant program.

Native Hawaiian Library Services grants are available to nonprofit organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians so they can enhance existing or implement new library services.  This year IMLS is awarding $430,751 to three Native Hawaiian-serving organizations, including.

Detailed information on each of the grantees and their project descriptions can be found on the IMLS website:

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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.