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July/August 2017 


Outstanding Libraries and Museums Honored with Nation's Highest Award for Dedication, Commitment to their Communities 
IMLS awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service to ten museums and libraries at a July 17 ceremony at the National Archives Museum in Washington, D.C.   Read more


Guidelines for the National Leadership Grants for Libraries and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Programs are now available, and IMLS will be accepting applications through Friday, September 1.  Read More

IMLS Is Accepting Nominations for the 2018 National Medal
Help spread the word about this opportunity for museums and libraries to be recognized as catalysts for positive community change. The submission deadline is October 2.  Read more

IMLS Announces Grants of $1.4 Million for African American History and Culture Museums
Sixteen grants to museums in 10 states have been awarded through the African American History and Culture grant program.  Read more

IMLS Provides Nearly $1 Million in Grants to Strengthen Native American and Native Hawaiian Museum Services
Twenty-two grants will support museum services of federally recognized tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations.  Read more

Museum Visits Top Half a Million through Museums for All, a Program for Low Income Families
Museums for All has enabled more than 514,000 museum visits for low income community members since its inception in 2014.  Read more


Continuing to Build Digitally Inclusive Communities
Five IMLS-funded projects illustrate how libraries address and respond to our modern information needs by leveraging technology inclusively, enabling greater access to information and empowering individuals.  Read more

Featured Speaker, State Library of Ohio Bicentennial Celebration Open House: Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, Director; Columbus, OH, August 4

ETD 2017 Symposium, 20th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations: Dr. Ashley E. Sands; Washington, DC, August 7-9

"Sawubona! Libraries Catalyzing Community Change," 10th Annual Conference of African American Librarians: Dr. Marvin D. Carr, STEM & Community Engagement Senior Advisor; Atlanta, Ga, August 12

83rd General Conference of the International Federation of Library Associations & World Library and Information Congress: Nancy Weiss, General Congress; Wroclaw, Poland, August 19-25
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 approximately 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.  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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