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December 2016 


Wax heads from 1991 art installation
For its 40th anniversary, the Mattress Factory re-imagined the way they honored their rich history of site-specific installations. Their new digital archive and mobile app, set to launch next month, will connect visitors with the process of making art. Read more


Effort Underway To Improve Digital Inclusion and Literacy for Tribal and Rural Residents
IMLS and the PAST Foundation are collaborating on a project to deploy local digital literacy trainers to tribal and rural communities. Read more

National Museum and Library Services Board Gains Five New and One Returning Member
Six museum and library experts, who were appointed by President Barack Obama in late November, were sworn in as members of the National Museum and Library Services Board. Read more

Library Card Challenge Open to New Communities for Round Two 
IMLS and the Urban Libraries Council are implementing round two of the Library Card Challenge. A new report highlights efforts by the first round of challenge communities and outlines strategies for successful partnerships. To find out how your library can get involved, Read more

Learn How to Apply to the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award with Webinar on January 10
Does your museum or library have an outstanding afterschool or out-of-school program that is transforming the lives of young people?  The President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities is now accepting applications for 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. The Award honors 12 out-of-school programs each year with $10,000 and a ceremony at the White House. To find out more, participate in a webinar on January 10, at 3:00 p.m. (EST).  Email Reagan Moore at for webinar details.

Presentation on USCIS Genealogy Resources Now Available
Last week IMLS and USCIS presented a webinar describing the records available through the USCIS Genealogy program.  If you missed the presentation, but would like to learn more about this fee-for-service program, download and review the presentation slides (PDF, 13.2 KB). IMLS partners with USCIS to help libraries and museums provide accurate and useful information about immigration and citizenship benefits. 


Building Supportive Communities for Young Children and Families
Early childhood programs and services are critical to the development of young children, and community organizations, like museums and libraries, are key players. Read more

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Celebrates Let's Move! Museums and Gardens at the White House's Final Garden Harvest
This past October, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens was invited to participate in the First Lady Michelle Obama's Final Garden Harvest at the White House.There were several tracks represented by students and chaperones, and I was proud that Phipps had the opportunity to represent the Let's Move! Museums and Gardens track in recognition of its work on the Let's Move Pittsburgh Program. Read more

When School is Out, Museums and Libraries Are In
The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, formerly known as "Coming Up Taller," is the nation's highest honor for out-of-school arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America's young people, particularly those from underserved communities. Read more 

U.S. Conference of Mayors: Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, director; Janelle Brevard, director of communications and government affairs; Marvin Carr, senior advisor for STEM and community engagement; Washington, DC, January 17-19

Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) Midwinter Meeting: Robin Dale, associate deputy director for state programs, and Maura Marx, deputy director for library services; Decatur, GA, January 20

American Library Association Midwinter Meeting: Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, director; Maura Marx, deputy director for library services; and Nancy Weiss, general counsel; Atlanta, GA, January 20-22
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