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May 2017 


Resident of veterans home explores web-based kiosk
Assistive Technologies Close Digital Divides for People with Visual Impairments 
The Talking Book & Braille Center, a division of the New Jersey State Library, uses assistive technologies to improve reading access to individuals with visual impairments. With a focus on veteran services, the center is closing the digital divide created by visual impairments and handicaps that prevent reading.  Read more


You can meet IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew at the American Library Association Conference in Chicago and share your ideas for the future of museum, library, and information services throughout the nation. She will be available during certain time blocks June 24-26 for five-minute sessions to discuss how IMLS can best serve your community. S top by the IMLS booth (#1613) to sign up for a session.  

The federal funding law includes $231 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services.   Read more

Administration's FY 2018 Budget Request Includes $23 Million to Start Wind-Down of IMLS Operations
The FY 2018 budget request includes funding for a closeout of IMLS operations starting in fiscal year 2018.  Read more


Innovating with Communities
Today's innovators and disruptors can be found anywhere in our communities; this requires us to rethink who are the experts and influencers as we craft our museum work. 
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Enhancing Digital Collection Tools through Collaboration
IMLS recently awarded a number of grants for projects that will result in new tools and collaborations related to digital collections in libraries and archives.  Read more

Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition: James Neal, Senior Program Officer; Crystal City, VA, May 31-June 2

American Evaluation Association 2017 Summer Evaluation Institute: Marvin Carr, Senior Advisor, Office of the Director; Atlanta, GA, June 5-8

Association for Living History Farms and Museums: Steve Shwartzman, Senior Program Officer; Mumford, NY, June 11-13

Community Development Society Conference: Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, Director; Big Sky, MT, June 11-14

"Funding Ed Tech for Museums and Libraries," New Media Consortium: Helen Wechsler, Supervisory Grants Management Specialist; Boston, MA, June 13-15

"Trends and Tools from the Greater Library Field (and How Special Libraries Can Apply Them)," Special Libraries Association Conference: Teri DeVoe, Senior Program Officer; Phoenix, AZ, June 17-20

"Getting It Paid For: Best Practices in Preparing Successful IMLS Grant Applications," Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections: Connie Bodner, Supervisory Grants Management Specialist, and Mark Feitl, Museum Program Specialist; Denver, CO, June 18-24

"Successful IMLS Grants - A Tale of Three Gardens" and "IMLS and Stanley Smith Grant Opportunities Special Session," American Public Gardens Association: Mark Isaksen, Senior Program Officer; Hamilton Ontario, June 19-22

"National Digital Platform," Web Archiving and Digital Libraries workshop at the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL): Ashley E. Sands, Senior Library Program Officer; Toronto, Ontario, June 19-23

Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Annual Conference: Sandra Narva, Senior Museum Program Officer; Vancouver, British Columbia, June 22-24

American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference 2017:  Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, Director; Robin Dale, Acting Deputy Director for Library Services; Sandra Webb, Senior Advisor for Grant Programs/Initiatives; Trevor Owens, Acting Associate Deputy Director for Library Services; Sandy Toro, Senior Program Officer; Tim Carrigan, Senior Program Officer; Sarah Fuller, Senior Library Program Officer; Dennis Nangle, Senior Program Officer; James Neal, Senior Program Officer; Teri DeVoe, Senior Program Officer; Michele Farrell, Senior Program Officer; Faith Steele, Program Specialist; Aly DesRochers, Program Specialist; Stephen Mayeaux, Program Specialist; Laura McKenzie, Administrative Specialist; Chicago, IL, June 22-27

National Association of Counties Annual Conference: Sarah Fuller, Senior Library Program Officer; Columbus, OH, July 21-24

Society of American Archivists: Sandy Toro, Senior Library Program Officer; Aly DesRochers, Program Specialist; Portland, OR, July 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 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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