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October 2017 


Best Practices in Preparing for the Worst: Florida's Connecting to Collections 

The Florida Association of Museums answered a call for help in improving collections policies and emergency plans of collecting institutions of many disciplines across Florida.  Read more


IMLS Explores Changing Needs of Library Graduate Programs
On November 7, IMLS will convene library and information science leaders to focus on recruitment and training and developing a diverse librarian workforce. Read more

Applications Open for African American, Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Grant Programs
IMLS is now accepting applications for two museum grant programs: the African American History and Culture and the Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services. Read more

IMLS Looks Back at Three Years of IMLS Funding for National Digital Platform 
IMLS reports and events explore approaches for building digital capacity of libraries and museums.  Read more

IMLS Awards More Than $243,000 in Library Funds for the Pacific Territories and Freely Associated States 

Six recipients received grants through the competitive library grant program. Read more

IMLS Board Meeting
The National Museum and Library Services Board will have its 36th meeting on November 30, 2017, at the IMLS offices in Washington, D.C. Check the  IMLS website for updates and details. 

Happy Halloween
From all of us at IMLS, we wish you a safe and happy holiday. Check out our fun Facebook post to discover your IMLS-themed costume!  

Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Annual Meeting: Dr. Ashley Sands, Senior Library Program Officer; Washington, DC, October 27-November 1

Chief Officers of State Library Agencies 2017 Fall Meeting: Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, Director; Robin Dale, Deputy Director of Library Services; Nashville, TN, October 29-November 1

"Grantwriting Workshop," Radio Preservation Task Force: Emily Reynolds, Senior Library Program Officer; Washington, DC, November 2-4

Conference on Inclusion and Diversity in Library and Information Science (CIDLIS): Dr. Ashley Sands, Senior Library Program Officer; University of Maryland, College Park, MD; November 3

"Think Big and Move Forward with IMLS Funding," Museum Computer Network: Sandra Narva, Senior Museum Program Officer; Pittsburgh, PA, November 7-10

National Trust for Historic Preservation - Past Forward Conference: Mark Feitl, Museum Program Specialist; Chicago, IL, November 15-17

Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia of the National Academy of Sciences: Science of Science Communication III: Inspiring Novel Collaborations and Building Capacity: Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, Director; Washington, DC, November 16-17

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