Bookmobiles have long been a part of the American story, bringing library materials to patrons in remote and rural areas. But there’s been another recent creative use for these vehicles: roaming hotspots, coming to a neighborhood near you. Read more.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a unique opportunity to document what will likely become a significant period in history.
IMLS has made recordings of recent webinars on CARES Act grants and the SBA Paycheck Protection Program available on the IMLS website.
IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Librariessupports museums and libraries in addressing their communities’ immediate and future needs caused by the pandemic. Projects may focus on preserving jobs, training staff, addressing the digital divide, planning for reopening, or providing technical support and capacity building for digital inclusion and engagement. Applicants are encouraged to prioritize services for high-need communities.
The SBA Paycheck Protection Program Issues for Museums and Libraries webinar, hosted by IMLS and SBA Economic Development Coordinator Noah Brod, is now available. The presentation addresses PPP issues pertaining to eligibility, payroll costs, and forgiveness calculations, as well as questions concerning unique business organizational structures. A follow-up webinar is anticipated.
IMLS is gathering resources and information to help museums and libraries continue supporting their communities as they navigate this time. Here are some of the items available to institutions.
Information for Applicants and Grantees: FAQs for IMLS grant applicants and awardees with questions about the impact of COVID-19 on their IMLS-related work.
COVID-19 Resources for Libraries and Museums: There are some additional resources from organizations serving the museum and library communities.
Official Government Information and Resources: Information about the spread and impact of COVID-19.
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