January 18, 2022

New From IMLS: “National Digital Infrastructures and Initiatives: A Report on the 2017 National Digital Platform at Three Forum”

The following recently published report is available from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). We’ve also embedded a video recording of the the event at the bottom of this post.

Title: National Digital Infrastructures and Initiatives: A Report on the 2017 National Digital Platform at Three Forum

Publication Date: June 2018

From the Report:

2018-07-06_17-41-58This report describes a third stakeholder meeting held in October 2017. IMLS convened the NDP at Three Forum to better understand the NDP framework’s successes, challenges, and needs. Forum participants provided a retrospective of IMLS funding for digital infrastructures while considering how IMLS can continue to support initiatives identified as most pressing and with the greatest potential for impact.

Focal Areas

1. Building equitable digital communities
2. Expanding Digital Cultural Heritage Capacities
3. Opening scholarly communications


The work described in this report illustrates the extent to which cultural heritage institutions are responding to the challenge of developing a more integrated, equitable, and dynamic set of shared infrastructures for digital library services. The NDP at Three Forum provided an opportunity for dialogue on how NLG and LB21 grants support, and can support, digital library work. Forum panelists and attendees identified priority funding areas for IMLS in the coming years including: access, collaboration, community, continuing education, digital equity, infrastructures, preservation, and sustainability. New grant projects focusing on these themes have the potential to provide greater access to and preservation of scholarly and cultural heritage resources, while ensuring these practices remain sustainable over the long term. Collectively, these efforts are helping libraries envision, refine, and implement digital infrastructures and initiatives. As libraries collaborate in the development of shared tools and services, IMLS will continue to promote best practices to support success in the field through its competitive grant programs.

Direct to Full Text Report
22 pages; PDF.

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.