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April 2016 


Gretchen Anderson and her team at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History upgraded storage solutions for some of the museum's oldest vertebrate paleontology specimens. And she doesn't want to keep her methods a secret. Read More


The Maker Movement returns to Washington, D.C., this summer as the Institute of Museum and Library Services, in collaboration with the Congressional Maker Caucus, hosts a free celebration of making on Capitol Hill. The second annual IMLS Capitol Hill Maker Faire, on June 21, will explore trends and drivers of the Maker Movement. Read more 

The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced the 10 recipients of the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation's highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. The award will be presented at an event in Washington, D.C., on June 1.  Read more

The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced 40 grants to institutions totaling $13,016,100. The grants were awarded through the first cycle of the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. Read more

Museums for All, a nationally-branded program helping museums across the country reach out to low-income families, marks the completion of its pilot phase with 67 participating museums in 26 states across the country and Washington, D.C.  Read more

IMLS Has Moved

Our new address is 955 L'Enfant Plaza North, SW, Suite 4000, Washington, D.C.  20024-2135.


The windows of Maymont Mansion look out onto a breathtaking landscape and into a world of Gilded Age treasures, but how often does anyone consider the windows themselves? Their importance was recognized in FY15 with a $145,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and matching funds from the Richard S. Reynolds Foundation.  Read more

Federal agencies have released a second call for bold proposals to improve education, employment, and other key outcomes for disconnected youth. They are inviting state, local, and tribal communities to apply to become a Performance Partnership Pilot (P3) to test innovative, outcome-focused strategies to help the more than five million 14-to-25-year-olds who are out of school, not working, or face economic or social challenges. Read more

IMLS's recent awards in the National Digital Platform area included nearly $1.4 million in funding for projects that are intended to improve libraries as well as archives' ability to collect, manage, preserve and provide access to born digital Information. We have highlighted a few of those projects and the work underway below, in hopes of better informing the field of the latest developments in this important area.  Read more 

David Xiang, 2015 National Student Poet from Little Rock, Arkansas, led workshops in several high schools and at the Norman Veteran's Center during his three-day visit to communities in Oklahoma. Read more

At a recent exhibit, Dressing Room: Archiving Fashion, at the Museum of the City of New York, a mannequin outfitted in Vera Maxwell's "Rosie the Riveter," blue drab jumpsuit uniform one day, might next don a swan headdress worn by Isabel Eberstadt to Truman Capote's storied "Black and White Ball," held at the Palace Hotel in 1966.  Read more

Each recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service since 2009 has received a three-day visit from StoryCorps to celebrate their award with their community in a unique and meaningful way. A sample of the conversations recorded at the 2015 National Medal institutions is now available online. StoryCorps is a national nonprofit organization is dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs. Read more    

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations National Conference: Michael Jerger, Chief Operating Officer, and Trevor Owens, Senior Program Officer; Minneapolis, MN, May 2-4

Chief Officers of State Library Agencies Spring 2016 Meeting: Ammie Farraj Feijoo, Deputy Director of Digital and Information Strategy; Washington, DC, May 4

Association of Children's Museums 2016 Interactivity Conference: Paula Gangopadhyay, Deputy Director of Museum Services; Stamford, CT, May 4-7

"Supporting Collective Impact: Taking 'Community Anchor' to the Next Level," Association of Children's Museums 2016 Interactivity Conference: Reagan Moore, Program Specialist; Office of Museum Services; Stamford, CT, May 6

"Resources to Support Learning Through Making," Association of Children's Museums 2016 Interactivity Conference: Chris Reich, Senior Museum Advisor, Office of Museum Services; Stamford, CT, May 6

On the Table Event and Symposium: Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, Director; Janelle Brevard, Director of Communications and Government Affairs; Chicago, IL, May 9-11

Personal Digital Archiving 2016, University of Michigan; Emily Reynolds, Program Officer; Ann Arbor, MI, May 12-14

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works and Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property: Connie Bodner, Supervisory Grants Management Specialist, Office of Museum Services; Montreal, Quebec, Canada. May 13-17

LSTA Pacific Conference; Robin Dale, Associate Deputy Director for Library Services; Teri DeVoe, Senior Program Officer; Honolulu, HI, May 16-18

"Keynote," Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN) Spring Membership Meeting: Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, Director; Fort Lauderdale, FL, May 20

2016 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries: Trevor Owens, Senior Program Officer; Austin, TX, May 24-26

American Alliance of Museums 2016 Annual Conference [IMLS Staff are presenting at six different sessions]: Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, Director; Paula Gangopadhyay, Deputy Director of Museum Services; and various staff from program and communications offices; Washington, DC, May 26-29

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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