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Vol. 17, No. 9

September 2015 

Kyle McCarter and Heather Parker photographing the Mesha Stele at the Louvre Museum, assisted by Bruce Zuckerman, June 2015
Back to the Future: Redefining Civilization with New Imaging Technology

The University of Southern California, through its West Semitic Research Project, InscriptiFact Digital Image Library, and Archaeology Research Center, in collaboration with the USC Libraries, has established a training program to empower researchers, scholars, students, archivists, librarians, and museum professionals to carry out field projects using the highly sophisticated Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) methodology, which provides the capacity to view ancient texts, artifacts, paintings and other cultural heritage objects in unprecedented detail. Read More

Meet Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, the 5th Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew is the 5th Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. With career experience that spans private and nonprofit sectors, Dr. Matthew brings to the agency a deep knowledge of the educational and public service roles of museums, libraries and related nonprofits.

Confirmed by the U.S. Senate in September 2015, Dr. Matthew is serving a four-year term as the Director of the Institute. The directorship of the Institute alternates between individuals from the museum and library communities. Dr. Matthew's career interests have centered around supporting and coaching museums and other nonprofits, large and small, who are focused on propelling their programs, communications, events, and fundraising offerings to a higher level of success.
Trained as a scientist, Dr. Matthew's 30-year museum career began in curatorial, collections management, and research roles at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia and Cranbrook Institute of Science. She worked with a variety of collections including ornithology, paleontology, fine arts, and anthropology. She then moved into management, exhibits and educational programs development, and fundraising and marketing roles, working at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, the Virginia Museum of Natural History, The Nature Conservancy, the Historic Charleston Foundation, and The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. She was also a science advisor for the IMAX film "Tropical Rainforest," produced by the Science Museum of Minnesota.
In addition she was Executive Director of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, a state-funded museum. In that role she worked with corporations, federal agencies, public schools, and Hispanic and Native American communities to offer STEM-based programs. "Proyecto Futuro" was a nationally-recognized program that began during her tenure.
Dr. Matthew has worked on three museum expansion projects involving historic buildings; Science City at Union Station, in Kansas City, Missouri; the Please Touch Museum at Memorial Hall and The Chemical Heritage Foundation, both in Philadelphia.
Dr. Matthew's expertise in developing new exhibits and programs has been shaped by her corporate sector work with Reebok, Unilever, and Blackbaud in new product development and project management. At Blackbaud, she was the Product Manager for the Arts and Cultural business sector and played a leadership role in the development of "Altru," a comprehensive SaaS software product.   Also at Blackbaud, she provided change management and facilitation services to national organizations in healthcare, higher education, human services, disaster relief, conservation, and public policy sectors. Prior to joining IMLS, she consulted with the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, serving as Chief Science Educator.
Over her 30-year career, she has been active as a volunteer to smaller nonprofits, board member, and award winning peer reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums' Accreditation and Museum Assessment Programs. Her board service has included two children's museums, a wildlife rehabilitation center, and a ballet company.
Dr. Matthew received a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, an M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.


Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew Confirmed as Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services
Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew's nomination to be director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) was confirmed by the United States Senate on Tuesday night. Read more
Statement on the Plan for Appropriations Lapse
Annual funding for the U.S. government expires at midnight on September 30, 2015. The IMLS
plan for agency operations in the absence of appropriations  is available on the IMLS website. Check our website for more information. Read more
IMLS Hosts 2015 Focus Conference in New Orleans November 16 and 17
Registration is now open for the IMLS Focus Conference. Read more

Janelle Carter Brevard joins IMLS as Director of Communications and Government Affairs
Janelle has a background that includes developing strategic messaging for corporate and community leaders around the nation. She has led executive communications for Hilton Worldwide and Delphi Automotive and worked leading strategic communications teams for Booz Allen Hamilton's intelligence community clients. She is a former senior adviser and speechwriter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and was deputy director of speechwriting at the Department of Commerce under Secretary Donald L. Evans. Recently, Janelle was selected for the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program. As part of the program, Janelle launched the Moss Point Foundation for Academic Excellence, a nonprofit that works to build home libraries for elementary students in her hometown of Moss Point, Mississippi, an area still working to rebuild from Hurricane Katrina. To date, the foundation has distributed more than 1,000 books and is preparing to launch its 2016 spring reading trail for elementary students.
Join White House for Astronomy Night, October 19
The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced that the White House will host an Astronomy Night on October 19, 2015.  In addition to inviting students and educators to the South Lawn of the White House to stargaze and participate in other hands-on activities, OSTP is also inviting the astronomy, science, and education communities around the country to join them in making this a nationwide night of observing. Museums, planetariums, colleges and universities, amateur astronomy clubs, and other interested organizations all have the opportunity to participate by hosting their own astronomy nights (or other programs) for their local communities on that same evening.   More information about White House Astronomy Night and information on how to sign up can be found here:

IMLS Announces Grants of More Than $25 Million for U.S. Museums
The funding will help museums all over the country be better equipped to care for their collections, create exhibitions and learning experiences for visitors, and contribute to a better quality of life for their communities. Read more
IMLS Announces Grants of $14.16 Million for Libraries across the U.S.
New grants will help libraries engage learners of all ages, provide access to content, develop models for the library field, and support services for Native Americans and Native Hawaiians. Read more
Notices of Funding Opportunity: First Round of Funding for FY 2016 National Leadership Grants for Libraries and Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program
Preliminary two-page proposals that address IMLS priorities will be accepted until the October 1, 2015 deadline. Read more
Notice of Funding Opportunities: Five IMLS Museum Grant Programs for FY 2016
IMLS is now accepting applications for five museum grant programs. The deadline is December 1, 2015. Read more
IMLS and Mind in the Making presented a free webinar for museum and library professionals on executive function life skills. Check out the webinar recording  and Read more
IMLS is making an investment to help libraries provide more e-books and make them more accessible to the public. Read more


Funding Opportunities for Libraries and Archives this Fall
Learn more about grant opportunities through IMLS's National Leadership Grants for Libraries and Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program. Read more

A Focus on Libraries Engaging Communities
A new report, prepared by OCLC Research, highlights key themes and issues raised at the IMLS Focus: Engaging Communities convening. Read more

Setting an Agenda to Advance Learning in Libraries
A new report, prepared by OCLC Research, highlights key themes and issues raised at the IMLS Focus: Learning in Libraries convening. Read more

Read the Nine New National Digital Platform Pro ject Narratives
These new projects will help advance the digital capability and capacity of libraries across the U.S. Read more

Expanding Broadband Access: The Work Continues
As a member of the federal interagency Broadband Opportunity Council, IMLS is interested in supporting traditionally underserved communities that too often lack high-speed broadband connections. Read more

Tribal Cohort Program Provides Resources for Digital Heritage Management
The Tribal Stewardship Cohort Program: Digital Heritage Management, Archiving and Mukurtu CMS Training project is a three-year IMLS funded program for tribal archives, libraries, and museums designed to provide a holistic digital stewardship curriculum. Read more

Hosting Naturalization Ceremonies at the Schaumburg Township District Library
In libraries across the country, including the Schaumburg Township District Library, citizenship candidates are proudly holding up their right hands to take the Oath of Allegiance. Read more

Family Place Libraries Hit a Home Run
The Kalamazoo Public Library partnered with a collegiate baseball team to provide a summer reading program for their youngest fans. Read more

Music to My Ears
The State Archives of Florida was awarded the Archival Innovator Award for their Florida Memory Radio project. The 24-hour Internet radio station provides access to musical recordings from their archives. Read more

Games & Learning Conference
The Center for Games & Learning at MidAmerica Nazarene University hosted a Games & Learning Conference to discuss how gameplay can support educators. Read more

The Tech Museum of Innovation: Stepping Stone for Academic Success
The resources that the Tech Museum of Innovation provide to Washington Elementary School are invaluable to Principal Maria Arias Evans. Read more

The New York Hall of Science: Teaching English through Discovery
After enrolling in the Science Career Ladder Program, Maria Cortes Ruiz credits the New York Hall of Science for helping improve her English language skills. Read more

Winning the Museum Membership Lottery
After winning a year long membership to the Louisiana Children's Museum, Kanitra Charles discovered programs that introduced her and her children to learning, literacy, and healthy eating concepts that changed their home life. Read more

Museum of Northern Arizona: Fostering Navajo Culture and Traditions
The Museum of Northern Arizona contributed to Jeneda Benally's music and dance success, and also helped her become an advocate for her culture and a mentor to Navajo youth through the museum's Discovery Camp. Read more


"Rules of Engagement: Connect to Your Community with IMLS Funding," American Association for State and Local History Annual Conference: Steve Shwartzman, Senior Program Officer, and Jill Connors-Joyner and Sarah Glass, Museum Program Specialists; Louisville, KY, September 16 - 19
"IMLS Funding: Opportunities for All," Association of Zoos and Aquariums Annual Conference: Helen Wechsler, Supervisory Grants Management Specialist; Salt Lake City, UT, September 17 - 21
"Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid - NOT - Create a Competitive IMLS Grant Proposal," Oklahoma Museums Association Annual Conference: Steve Shwartzman, Senior Program Officer; Woodward, OK, September 23 - 25
"IMAGINATION, and How It is Impacting the Role of Libraries," Makerspace 3.0: ReTinkering Libraries Forum, Westport Library: Tim Carrigan, Senior Program Officer; Westport, CT, September 24-25
 "Learning from Informal Learning," Maker Education Forum, New York Hall of Science: Tim Carrigan, Senior Program Officer; Queens, NY, September 25
"Making and Learning in Museums and Libraries: A New Framework," MAKE: Education Pavilion, World Maker Faire, New York Hall of Science: Tim Carrigan, Senior Program Officer; Queens, NY, September 26-27
STEM Afterschool Summit: Timothy Owens and Sandy Toro, Senior Program Officers; PLACE? September 28 - 29
"Grant Opportunities from IMLS," Mountain-Plains Museums Association/Kansas Museums Association Joint Conference: Christopher Reich, Senior Advisor; Wichita, KS, September 27 - October 1
Association for Rural and Small Libraries Conference: Deanne Swan, Senior Statistician, Timothy Owens and Sandy Toro, Senior Library Program Officers; Little Rock, AR, September 30-October 3
"Beyond the Hype: Making as a Timeless Learning Practice," Maker Education Institute, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh: Tim Carrigan, Senior Program Officer; Pittsburgh, PA, October 9
"Schools + Libraries = Power to Leverage Summer Learning," National Summer Learning Association Annual Meeting: Tim Carrigan, Senior Program Officer; Baltimore, MD, October 12-14
"Collaborate with your Community with IMLS Funding," Southeastern Museums Conference Annual Conference: Reagan Moore, Museum Program Specialist; Jacksonville, FL, October 12-14
National Digital Forum: Trevor Owens, Senior Program Officer; Wellington, New Zealand, October 13-14
2015 Conference on Inclusion and Diversity in Library and Information Sciences, University of Maryland: Sarah Fuller and Emily Reynolds, Program Specialists; College Park, MD, October 15-16.
Association of Science-Technology Centers Annual Conference: Christopher Reich, Senior Museum Advisor; Helen Wechsler, Supervisory Grants Management Specialist; Sandy Toro, Senior Library Program Officer; Mark Feitl and Jill Connors-Joyner, Museum Program Specialists; Montreal, QC, October 17-20
"Early Learning in Museums and Libraries: Tools, Partnerships, and Promising Practices," National Black Child Development Institute Annual Meeting: Tim Carrigan, Senior Program Officer; Crystal City, VA, October 17-20
Chief Officers of State Library Agencies Fall Meeting: Maura Marx, Acting Director, and Robin Dale, Associate Deputy Director for Library Services; Cape May, NJ, October 19-21
"Grant Opportunities from the Institute of Museum and Library Services," Western Museums Association Annual Conference: Claudia French, Deputy Director for Museums, and Mark Feitl, Museum Program Specialist; San Jose, CA, October 24-27
Digital Library Federation: Maura Marx, Acting Director; Vancouver, BC, October 26-28
INTERCOM 2015: Leadership for a Sustainable Museum: Christopher Reich, Senior Museum Advisor; Connie Bodner, Supervisory Grants Management Specialist; and Helen Wechsler, Supervisory Grants Management Specialist; Washington, DC, October 28-31
"Partnering for Success Conference," Urban Libraries Association: Maura Marx, Acting Director; San Diego, CA, October 29-30

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
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