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October 2016 


A woman creates art at the Frye Art Museum
The Frye Art Museum's creative aging program provides people living with dementia and their care partners creative outlets to express themselves in a safe, accepting environment.  Read more


IMLS and COSLA Announce Project to Develop Public Library Data and Outcomes Action Plan

The Measures that Matter project will develop a Library Data and Outcomes Action Plan with key library stakeholder groups for a more coordinated approach to the collection of public library data nationally. Read more


A Conversation with Museum Studies Programs

The Office of Museum Services recently held a convening with several  Museum Studies programs to engage in a conversation with individual experts from this field. The goal of the Oct. 17 convening was to learn what each institution is doing to develop and train the next generation of museum professionals, which museums they are actively working with, as well as what challenges and opportunities they are experiencing or foreseeing in the field. Read More

Museums Invited to Participate in IMLS-USCIS Webinar November 3

On Thursday, November 3, at 2:00 PM EST, IMLS will host a webinar with USCIS to share ideas for museums to engage with the resources of this government agency.  Read More

Blog Posts Highlighting National Leadership Grants for Libraries, Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grants, and Sparks Grants

IMLS recently announced 41 awards made through three library grant programs. A series of blog posts discuss the issues addressed by these newly funded projects.

  • Engaging, Linking and Integrating: New Grants Support Distributed Digital Services for Libraries and Archives  Read More
  • Inclusive Digital Collection Infrastructure and Community Archives Read More
  • Libraries Leading in Equitable Digital Access and Connectivity Read More
  • Understanding and Sustaining the Role of Academic Libraries in Research Data Management Read More
  • Computational Librarianship and Data-Driven Library Practice Read More

Teaching the Teachers: Digital Privacy and Data Literacy for Librarians

Through the support of an IMLS grant, a group of organizations partnered to develop a training program on data and privacy literacy with hopes to positively impact library patrons. Read more

Catalyzing Communities Through Stronger Leadership

Since 2014, I have had the privilege of facilitating a 32-partner strong, cross-sector IMLS-supported (link is external) project team that is actively articulating the skills needed when archives, library, and museum professionals lead change. Read more

Libraries and Museums Advance the Digital Humanities: New Grant Opportunity

Nearly 10 years ago, IMLS partnered with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to launch the Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant program. Read more

Exploring What Drives the Wyoming State Librarian

New Wyoming State Librarian Jamie Markus is a passionate, personable leader, and I had the chance to see his special brand of leadership in action when I visited him last July. Read more

"Community Anchors to Catalysts: Identifying effective ways to engage with your community," Association of Rural and Small Libraries: Dr. Kathryn K.  Matthew, Director (presenting) and Timothy Owens, Senior Library Program Officer; Fargo, ND, October 26-29

"How to Get in a Funder's Portfolio," Blackbaud Conference: Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, National Harbor, MD, October 28

" Springboard to Success: College and Career Readiness in the Library," Young Adult Services Symposium: Tim Carrigan, Senior Program Officer; Pittsburgh, PA, November 4-6

"Funding Opportunities for Digital Library Projects: Opportunities, Issues & Themes," Digital Library Federation Forum & Digital Preservation: Trevor Owens, Senior Library Program Officer; Milwaukee, WI. November 6-10

" Digital Library Federation Forum and Digital Preservation 2016," Ashley Sands and Trevor Owens, Senior Library Program Officers; Milwaukee, WI, November 7-10

98th Annual New England Museum Association Conference: Connie Bodner, Supervisory Grants Management Specialist; Mystic, Connecticut, November 9-11

YMCA Achievement Gap Convening: Helen Wechsler, Supervisory Grants Management Specialist; Chicago, IL, November 15-17

IMLS Community Salute Town Hall: Libraries and Museums Serving Veterans, Service members and Military Families: San Antonio, TX, November 16-17

2016 LITA Forum: Michele Farrell, Senior Library Program Office, Fort Worth, TX, November 16-20
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