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February 2017 


Lab for New Audiences 2.0 participant
Cool Culture's Laboratory for New
Audiences 2.0 Encourages Cultural Equity in New York  

Cultural institutions have the power to foster conversations about accessibility and cultural equity in some of the most diverse neighborhoods in New York City. Cool Culture is using IMLS funding to harness that conversation and encourage museums to address institutional accessibility.  Read more


Grant Opportunity Encourages Community Development Approaches for Libraries, Archives and Museums
IMLS invites proposals to test and develop museum and library collaborative approaches for bringing about positive community change. Read more


Community Catalyst: How Do We Know We Are Having An Impact? Community-centric evaluation using shared success measures can nurture the innovation process. It can also improve the likelihood of your community's successes and your role as a catalyst in promoting well-being. Read more

Exploring the Learning Value of Children's Museums Through a Research Network
A project of ACM and the University of Washington's Museology Graduate Program created a professional network and research agenda to examine practices and learning frameworks at children's museums. Read more

SXSWedu: Jill Connors-Joyner, Museum Program Specialist; Ashley Jones, Museum Program Specialist; Tim Carrigan, Senior Library Program Officer; Sarah Fuller, Library Program Officer; Austin, TX, March 5-9

Code4Lib 2017: Trevor Owens, Supervisory Program Officer, Ashley E. Sands, Senior Library Program Officer; Los Angeles, CA, March 6-9

Responsible Investing Summit: Kit Matthew, Director; San Francisco, CA, March 9-10

DREAM. DARE. DO: Women, Philanthropy, and Civil Society: Kit Matthew, Director; Chicago, IL, March 14-15

Smithsonian Digitization Fair - Bracing for Impact: Digitizing Collections to Change Lives! Ben Sweezy, Deputy Director of Digital and Information Strategy; Washington, DC, March 14-15

Virginia Association of Museums: Laura Zamarripa, Museum Program Specialist; Roanoke, Virginia, March 19-21

National Afterschool Association conference: Reagan Moore, Museum Program Specialist; Dallas, TX, March 19-22

"Library Publishing and the IMLS National Digital Platform," Library Publishing Forum: Ashley E. Sands, Senior Library Program Officer; Baltimore, MD, March 20-22

Public Library Association Leadership Academy: Sarah Fuller, Library Program Officer; Portland, OR, March 20-24

MIT Media Lab and Mozilla Open Leadership Camp: Maura Marx, Deputy Director for Library Services; Cambridge, MA, March 21-24

"Understanding Grant Funding Opportunities for Digital Library Projects," Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL): Ashley E. Sands, Senior Library Program Officer; also attending: Dennis Nangle, Senior Library Program Officer, Grants to States; Emily Reynolds, Library Program Officer; Dr. Sandra Toro, Senior Library Program Officer; Baltimore, MD, March 22-25

Civic Collaboratory and Citizen University National Conference: Kit Matthew, Director; Seattle, WA, March 24-26
Personal Digital Archiving: Kit Matthew, Director; Palo Alto, CA, March 29-31

Legal Issues in Museum Administration: Nancy Weiss, IMLS General Counsel, and Calvin Trowbridge,  Deputy General Counsel; Dallas TX,  March 29-31  

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and approximately 35,000 museums. Our mission has been to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement.  For the past 20 years, our grant making, policy development, and research has helped libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit IMLS at 20 ( and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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