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February 2016 


The Children's Museum of Manhattan explores Muslim cultures across the world and America in its latest exhibition entitled America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far. Employing authentic voices, interactive features, and diverse programming, the exhibition takes visitors on a journey through Muslim traditions and their artistic expression. Read More

Real Promise Seen With Museums/Libraries and Community Revitalization Efforts

Last week we completed the last of five feedback sessions held to explore how museums and libraries are playing active roles in community revitalization. Wrapping up the project Wednesday morning before a packed crowd who had literally travelled from all across Pennsylvania to the Free Library of Philadelphia further solidified one thing: the true promise that resides in museum and library collaboration within communities. Read More


Statement from IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew on the Nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden To Be the Librarian of Congress
President Barack Obama announced his intention to nominate Dr. Carla Hayden to be Librarian of Congress. Since 2010, Dr. Hayden has served on the National Library and Museum Services Board, which advises the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Read more

New Research Grant Opportunity Available from IMLS
Announcing the STEM Expert Facilitation of Family Learning in Libraries and Museums
IMLS is inviting proposals for special grants for research on informal educational approaches that leverage Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) expertise within communities in the broadest sense. The STEM Expert Facilitation of Family Learning in Libraries and Museums, or STEMeX, initiative will provide grants up to $1,000,000 for projects of up to two years. The deadline for applications is May 1, 2016.  Read more

IMLS Is Moving
Effective March 23, our new address is 955 L'Enfant Plaza North, SW, Suite 4000, Washington, D.C.  20024-2135. Stay tuned here for more information. 

Open eBooks, a new initiative and e-reader app that will make thousands of popular, top-selling eBooks available to children in need for free, has launched.   Read more

The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced 30 finalists for the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation's highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. Read more


Museums in America have been woven into the cultural DNA of our country -- inspiring, convening, mobilizing and revitalizing local, regional and national communities in many ways.  Read more


National Science Foundation 2016 Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) Principal Investigator (PI) Meeting: Sandra Toro, Senior Program Officer; Bethesda, MD, February 29 - March 2
"Grant Opportunities from the Institute of Museum and Library Services," California Association of Museums Conference: Mark Feitl, Museum Program Specialist; Riverside, CA, March 2 - 4
SXSWedu: Paula Gangopadhyay, Deputy Director for Museums, Trevor Owen, Senior Library Program Officer; and Tim Carrigan, Senior Library Program Officer; Austin, TX, March 7 - 9
Code4Lib 2016: Sarah Fuller, Library Program Officer, Emily Reynolds, Library Program Officer; Philadelphia, PA, March 7 - 10
"Branching Out: Libraries are Growing STEMS," Computers in Libraries: Michele Farrell, Senior Program Officer; Washington, DC, March 8 - 10
Art Libraries Society of North America + Visual Resources Association Third Joint Conference 2016: Madison Bolls, Program Specialist; Seattle, WA, March 8 - 12
Virginia Association of Museums Annual Conference: Steve Shwartzman, Grant Program Officer, Williamsburg, VA, March 13 - 15 
National Council on Public History: Trevor Owens, Senior Program Officer; Baltimore, MD, March 16 - 19
Library Leadership in a Digital Age; Maura Marx, Deputy Director for Library Service; Cambridge, MA, March 17 - 19
iConference 2016: Kathryn Matthew, IMLS Director, and Emily Reynolds, Library Program Officer; Philadelphia, PA, March 20 - 23 

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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