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July 2016 


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JULY PROJECT PROFILE
 
New research by ULC and NSLA will describe how public libraries are evolving their summer reading programs to address broader community learning goals with partner organizations and more hands-on learning programming.  Read more


THE LATEST NEWS

FY 2017 Guidelines Announced for Grants to Boost Library Profession and Improve Field

IMLS is accepting applications for the first round of FY 2017 National Leadership Grants for Libraries and Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grants until the September 1 deadline.  Read more

IMLS Announces Sparks! Ignition Grants Supporting Innovation in U.S. Museums
 
IMLS announced more than $2 million in museum grants, including seven grants totaling $158,534 for the agency's Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums program. Read more

IMLS Awards Nearly $1 Million in Grants to Strengthen Native American and Native Hawaiian Museum Services
 
IMLS announced 21 grants, from Alaska to New York, supporting museum services for Native Americans and Native Hawaiians. Read more

IMLS Announces Grants of $1.4 Million for African American Museums 
 
IMLS announced 17 grants to museums in 11 states totaling $1,481,000 for the African American History and Culture (AAHC) grant program. Read more   

IMLS Launches Community Catalyst Initiative
 
The IMLS Community Catalyst Initiative will help libraries and museums develop a deeper understanding of their role as enablers of community vitality and co-creators of positive community change. Read more  

Statement from IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew on the Confirmation of Dr. Carla Hayden To Be the Librarian of Congress 
 
On July 13, the U.S. Senate approved the nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden to be Librarian of Congress. Read more 
 
 

UPNEXT BLOG POSTS

Understanding NLG and LB21 Project Categories, Funding Categories, and Project Types
 
The Office of Library Services recently published its FY 2017 application guidelines for both the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21) and the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program (NLG). This is the first in a series of posts drawing attention to key points in the Notices of Funding Opportunity (guidelines) for those programs, focusing on elements of the programs that have been refined or changed from previous years. Read more

The Frisco Public Library conducted an interview with community member Catherine Gaffer, a local resident, who with her family, recently used the library's STEM backpacks. Read more 
 
Faciloscope: New Tool in the Facilitation Toolkit for Blogs and Social Media
 
"Don't read the comments!" That bit of unfortunate advice has become all too common all over the internet. It comes in reaction to the way conversations in comment sections, on social media, or in internet forums can stray wildly off topic, veer toward bizarre conspiracy theories, or even turn abusive.   Read more
 
IMLS ON THE ROAD

Association of African American Museums: Mark Isaksen, Senior Museum Program Officer; Riverside, CA, August 3-6

Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting: Trevor Owens, Senior Library Program Officer; Emily Reynolds, Program Officer; Aly DesRochers, Program Specialist; Atlanta, GA, August 2-6

Grant Forum hosted by Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02): Connie Bodner, Supervisory Grants Management Specialist; Willimantic, CT, August 5

Keynote on National Digital Platform, Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference: Trevor Owens, Senior Library Program Officer; Davenport, IA, August 9-11

Grant Forum hosted by Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02): Connie Bodner, Supervisory Grants Management Specialist; New London, CT, August 12

IFLA Information Literacy Section Satellite Preconference: Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, Director; Chicago, IL, August 11-12

IFLA World Congress: Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, Director; Maura Marx, Deputy Director for Library Services; Robin Dale, Associate Deputy Director for Library Services; Michele Farrell, Senior Program Officer; Columbus, OH, August 14-19

Pacific Neighborhood Consortium Annual Conference: Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, Director; Los Angeles, CA, August 16-18

2016 Guide to Grants Funding Seminar hosted by Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03): Connie Bodner, Supervisory Grants Management Specialist; Vancouver, WA, August 16

Games, Learning & Society Conference: Marvin Carr, STEM and Community Engagement Advisor; Madison, WI, August 17-19

Association of Nature Center Administrators Summit: Mark Isaksen, Senior Museum Program Officer; Sandstone, MN, August 17-21
  
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 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. 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.

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