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March 2017 


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Every Child Ready To Read Depends on Libraries Preparing Parents for Lifelong Involvement in Literacy

A research study is investigating the impacts of family-centric library early learning programming on the development of literacy and reading skills in young children.  Read more


IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew released a statement on the President's proposed FY 2018 budget, which includes elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 
Thirty Museums and Libraries Named Finalists for 2017 National Medal Award
The public is encouraged to share stories of how finalist institutions are making a difference on the IMLS Facebook page Read more
New Professional Development Grants Will Empower Museums to Better Serve Communities
This special initiative will support and empower museums in responding to the evolving needs of the museum profession and changes in their communities. Applications are due May 1. Read more

IMLS Accepting Applications for Native American Library Services Basic Grants
Native American Library Services Basic grants are non-competitive grants to federally recognized tribes for services, such as purchasing library materials, funding salaries and training, and providing internet connectivity and computers. Applications are due April 3. Read more

IMLS Grant Opportunities for Native American and Native Hawaiian Library Services Announced
Native American Library Services Enhancement grants are competitive grants for federally recognized tribes to expand services for learning, access to information, and partnerships. Native Hawaiian Library Services grants are designed to enhance existing or new library services for organizations that serve Native Hawaiians.The deadline for submitting applications for the two grant programs is May 17. Read more

Sixteen Funders Announce Worldwide Winners of the 2017 T-AP Digging into Data Challenge
Fourteen winning teams will investigate how large-scale computational techniques may be applied to answering research questions in the humanities and social sciences. Read more

UPNEXT BLOG POSTS Finding Information and Data on IMLS Grants
Learn how to explore data and information about the grants IMLS has awarded to libraries and museums. Read more

Empowering Museums with Professional Development Opportunities
The Office of Museum Services (OMS) at IMLS has made museum professional development a top priority. Read more

IMLS Supports Libraries Taking the Lead on Teen Tech
In honor of Teen Tech Week 2017, IMLS presented a guest blog series highlighting five IMLS-funded projects that demonstrate how libraries across the nation leverage technology in service of teens. Read more
  • Providence Public Library, Providence RI - LibraryU
  • Terrebone Parish Library System, Houma, LA - MoboRobo
  • Carson City Public Library, Caron City, NV - Habits of Mind and NCLab
  • Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, Youngstown, OH - YOLO
  • Kitsap Regional Library, Brementon, WA - MakeDoShare 

CNI Spring Membership Meeting: Maura Marx, Deputy Director for Library Services; Trevor Owens, Supervisory Senior Program Officer; Albuquerque, NM, April 3-4
Urban Librarians Conference 2017: Stephen Mayeaux, Library Program Specialist; Brooklyn, NY, April 7
IMLS Grants to States All States Convening: Robin Dale, Associate Deputy Director for Library Services; Matt Birnbaum, Senior Evaluation Officer; Lisa Frehill, Senior Statistician; Michele Farrell, Teri DeVoe and Dennis Nangle, Senior Library Program Officers; Faith Steele, Library Program Specialist; St. Louis, MO, April 18-19
"Research Data and Libraries: The IMLS National Digital Platform Funding Category" (Lightning Talk), Research Data Access & Preservation (RDAP) Summit: Ashley Sands, Senior Library Program Officer; Seattle, WA, April 19-21
Museums and the Web 2017: Paula Gangopadhyay, Deputy Director of Museum Services;   Sandra Narva, Senior Museum Program Officer; Emily Reynolds, Library Program Officer; Cleveland, OH, April 19-22
National Council on Public History: Steven Shwartzman, Senior Museum Program Officer,  Indianapolis, IN, April 19-21

DPLAfest 2017 of the Digital Public Library of America: Stephen Mayeaux, Program Specialist; Trevor Owens, Supervisory Senior Program Officer; Chicago, IL, April 20-21
Annual Conference of the Council on Foundations: Marvin D. Carr, Senior Advisor; Dallas, TX, MD, April 22-26

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Annual Capitol Forum on Hispanic Higher Education: Sandra Toro, Senior Library Program Officer; Washington, DC, April 24-25
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's Annual OER Meeting: Trevor Owens, Supervisory Senior Program Officer; Toronto, CA, April 25-28     

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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