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January 2018 

 


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PROJECT PROFILE
 
How Library Gardens are Growing Communities in Georgia 

Gwinnett County Public Library launched a gardening program with STEAM programming that changed the way its 15 branches engaged with their communities.  Read more

THE LATEST NEWS

The document frames how IMLS will advance, support, and empower America's libraries, museums, and the communities they serve. Read more
 
Basic grants are available to federally recognized Native American tribes and Native Alaskan villages, and are designed to maintain core library services of tribal and Native village libraries. Applications accepted through April 2. Read more
 
The Museum Assessment Program helps museums of all sizes and types strengthen operations, plan for the future, and meet standards. Read more
 
Tomorrow: Twitter Chat on Increasing Public Access this Wednesday
Please join us for an #IMLS2018 Twitter chat about increasing access to information, ideas, collections, and networks through libraries and museums. The chat marks the release of the new IMLS strategic plan. It  will be this Wednesday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST. Read more
 
Save the Dates: IMLS Board Meeting and National Medals
The IMLS Board will have its next meeting on Wednesday, May 23, in Washington, DC.  We encourage anyone interested to attend. The 2018 National Medal ceremony will be held the following day, on Thursday, May 24. This ceremony, highlighting the nation's best in museum and library service, will be livestreamed.
 
New Associate Deputy Director for Grants to States
After a nationwide search, IMLS selected Teri DeVoe as the new Associate Deputy Director for Grants to States, Office of Library Services. Teri has worked in the IMLS Grants to States program since 2012 and has steadily increased her responsibilities to include managing the Pacific Competitive Program and the office's work on the National Medals program. She represented IMLS on several interagency initiatives, including the Performance Partnership Pilots (P3) program and FEDLINK. Prior to IMLS, she worked at the EPA Library Network. We congratulate Teri on her new position.


ON THE BLOG
IMLS takes pride in being the primary source of federal support for American museums . Here's   how we are addressing the special challenges of museums with smalle r staffs,collections, and budgets.  Read more
Developing a strategic plan in a quickly changing world is challenging. IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew reflects on the process.  Read more

Whether it's your first time applying or you've been through the process before, here are a few tips and things you should know.  Read more

 
IMLS ON THE ROAD

17th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference: Sarah Fuller, Senior Program Officer; San Francisco, CA, January 31-February 1

"Early Learning and STEM-Opportunities Ahead!" Early Childhood STEM Conference: Paula Gangopadhyay, Deputy Director for Museums, and Reagan Moore, Museum Program Specialist; Anaheim, CA, February 2-3

"State of the Federal Funding Climate: How Can DDAT Member Organizations Creatively Continue to Make Ends Meet?" Delaware Disaster Assistance Team (DDAT) Winter Members' Meeting: Dr. Connie Bodner, Supervisory Grants Management Specialist, Office of Museum Services; Dover, DE, February 6

Association of Library and Information Science Education (ALISE): Robin Dale, Deputy Director for Libraries, and Dr. Ashley Sands, Senior Library Program Officer; Denver, CO, February 6 -9

COSLA (Chief Officers of State Library Agencies) 2018 Midwinter Meeting: Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, Director, Robin Dale, Deputy Director for Libraries, and Teri Devoe, Associate Deputy Director, Grants to States ; Denver, CO, February 9

ALA Midwinter: Robin Dale, Deputy Director for Libraries, Teri DeVoe, Associate Deputy Director, Grants to States, and Dr. Ashley Sands, Senior Library Program Officer; Denver, CO, February 9 -11

Code4Lib: Emily Reynolds, Senior Library Program Officer, Dr. Ashley Sands, Senior Library Program Officer, James Neal, Senior Library Program Officer, Stephen Mayeaux, Library Program Specialist; Washington, DC, February 13 - 16

"Funding Opportunities for Undergraduate Research in Museums and Libraries," Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Dialogues 2018: Dr. Connie Bodner, Supervisory Grants Management Specialist, Office of Museum Services, and Dr. Ashley Sands, Senior Program Officer, Office of Library Services; Crystal City, VA, February 16

"Small But Mighty: IMLS Grant Opportunities without the Burden of Cost Share," Small Museum Association Conference: Mark Feitl, Museum Program Specialist, and Dr. Ashley Jones, Museum Program Specialist; College Park, MD, February 18-20

2018 Knight Library Conference and Media Funders Forum: Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, Director, and Sarah Fuller, Senior Library Program Officer; Miami, FL, February 18-20

"Federal Funding and Our Museums," Council of American Jewish Museums: Helen Wechsler, Supervisory Grants Management Specialist; Washington, DC, February 25 - 28

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's approximately 120,000 libraries and 35,000 museums and related organizations. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


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