Institute of Museum and Library Services

Institute of Museum and Library Services The primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. The Institute of Museums and Libraries is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 120,000 libraries and 35,000 museums and related organizations.

The mission of IMLS is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. We provide leadership through research, policy development, and grant making.

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Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday season from all of us at IMLS! #HappyHolidays 🕎🎄🎉
12/21/2021

Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday season from all of us at IMLS! #HappyHolidays 🕎🎄🎉

Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday season from all of us at IMLS! #HappyHolidays 🕎🎄🎉

Despite it being thousands of miles away, Montana State University’s (MSU) Library Media Certificate (LMC) program has a...
12/20/2021
Including Indigenous Interpretations: Montana Librarians Learn Through Cultural Lens

Despite it being thousands of miles away, Montana State University’s (MSU) Library Media Certificate (LMC) program has always had a large percentage of students from Alaska. Over time, the staff realized a need for the master’s level curriculum to reflect the diverse experiences of these learners and the communities they serve.

Thanks to funding from the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program at IMLS, MSU created the Indigenous Perspective in School Librarianship (IPSL) project to prepare future school librarians to be culturally relevant educators who can serve as models and leaders in their schools and communities.

This grant project was a way to meet the needs of Native students and bring a much-needed cultural lens to the work of school librarians.

Traditions and language are the basis of culture around the world. In the more than 100 years since the first American I...
12/17/2021
Language, History, and Traditions: Preserving Tribal Cultures Across the United States

Traditions and language are the basis of culture around the world. In the more than 100 years since the first American Indian Day was declared by the governor of New York, preservation of native languages and cultures has become a priority for Tribal and Native American libraries and museums.

Throughout the years, the Institute of Museum and Library Services has supported these endeavors through federal funding, including Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services grants.

Check out some of the important work IMLS grantees are doing to help provide their communities’ access to rich traditions, histories, and Tribal languages for generations to come.

Here’s how Tribal organizations are using federal funding to preserve native languages and cultural traditions for the next generation.

#ICYMI: 📚 IMLS' Senior Library Program Officer Michele Farrell sat down with James Lonergan, Director of the Massachuset...
12/15/2021
State Library Spotlight: How ARP Act Stimulus Funds are Supporting Hotspots, Teens, and Talking Books in Massachusetts

#ICYMI: 📚 IMLS' Senior Library Program Officer Michele Farrell sat down with James Lonergan, Director of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners to discuss their response to the #COVID19 pandemic, including the use of IMLS American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds that they received, which included implementing a hot spot lending program, grants to underserved communities and purchase of new e-resources. Read the full interview below ⤵️

Because of the infrastructure of the Grants to States program and the agility of State Library Administrative Agencies, $178 million was rapidly rolled out to benefit libraries and their patrons across the country, and in some cases, museums, and tribes.

IMLS talked to the Director of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners about understanding the needs of their communities when developing projects with ARP funding.

Our hearts go out to so many people in the wake of the devastating tornadoes in Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Illinois,...
12/14/2021
Save Your Family Treasures

Our hearts go out to so many people in the wake of the devastating tornadoes in Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Illinois, Mississippi, and Missouri. If you are seeking information and resources to help you public salvage cherished photographs, letters, and other irreplaceable objects the Heritage Emergency National Task Force is here for you.

🧸 Save Your Family Treasures: This FEMA site offers guidance to help individuals and families salvage their treasured family belongings following a disaster: https://www.fema.gov/assistance/save-family-treasures
📄 Salvaging Water-Damaged Family Valuables and Heirlooms Fact sheet:https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/2020-05/SalvagingFamilyValuables_sept2018.pdf
🖼 Smithsonian videos and Facebook Live workshops: https://culturalrescue.si.edu/hentf/resources/resources-public-and-historic-property-owners/

Save Your Family Treasures Fact Sheets Additional Resources

12/14/2021
www.fema.gov

🏛📚 #ICYMI: FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency is now providing retroactive reimbursements for safe opening and operation costs incurred to address #COVID19 safety for expenses incurred from Jan. 20, 2020 - Dec. 31, 2021.

Items that may be eligible for reimbursement include face coverings, Personal Protective Equipment, cleaning and disinfection, COVID-19 diagnostic testing, screening and temperature scanning and portable temporary physical barriers for social distancing.

Direct questions to your FEMA regional office.

Additional info ⬇️

#ICYMI: IMLS is now accepting applications for Native American Library Services Basic grants! Applications are due March...
12/13/2021
Native American Library Services Basic Grants Available for 2022

#ICYMI: IMLS is now accepting applications for Native American Library Services Basic grants! Applications are due March 1, 2022.

Native American Library Services Basic grants are noncompetitive one-year grants of $6,000 to $10,000, which can include up to $3,000 in eligible education and assessment activities or travel.

Learn more about these grants on the IMLS website and apply today! ⤵

Native American Library Services Basic grants are noncompetitive one-year grants of $6,000 to $10,000.

HAPPENING NOW: Nation of Makers, along with IMLS and the Congressional Maker Caucus, are hosting the 2021 virtual Capito...
12/06/2021
Capitol Hill Maker Faire 2021

HAPPENING NOW: Nation of Makers, along with IMLS and the Congressional Maker Caucus, are hosting the 2021 virtual Capitol Hill Maker Faire today and tomorrow. This year’s theme is "Building a Better World: Resiliency through Making."

This free, dynamic event celebrates trends and drivers of the popular Maker Movement. Making embraces innovation, creativity, and learning to improve communities and create a better future. The movement draws together tech enthusiasts, crafters, families, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors to explore invention, creativity and, resourcefulness.

Click below to view the full schedule of events, speakers and moderators online. ⤵

Nation of Makers, along with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Congressional Maker Caucus, will host the 2021 Capitol Hill Maker Faire on Monday and Tuesday, December 6th and 7th. This year, for the second year, the Faire will be held virtually. This year’s theme is "Building a ...

12/03/2021
www.fema.gov

🏛📚 #ICYMI: FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency is now providing retroactive reimbursements for safe opening and operation costs incurred to address #COVID19 safety for expenses incurred from Jan. 20, 2020 - Dec. 31, 2021.

Items that may be eligible for reimbursement include face coverings, Personal Protective Equipment, cleaning and disinfection, COVID-19 diagnostic testing, screening and temperature scanning and portable temporary physical barriers for social distancing.

Direct questions to your FEMA regional office.

Additional info ⬇️

IMLS is now accepting applications for Native American Library Services Basic grants! Applications are due March 1, 2022...
12/02/2021
Native American Library Services Basic Grants Available for 2022

IMLS is now accepting applications for Native American Library Services Basic grants! Applications are due March 1, 2022.

Native American Library Services Basic grants are noncompetitive one-year grants of $6,000 to $10,000, which can include up to $3,000 in eligible education and assessment activities or travel.

Learn more about these grants on the IMLS website and apply today! ⤵

Native American Library Services Basic grants are noncompetitive one-year grants of $6,000 to $10,000.

Public libraries and museums are deeply embedded in their communities in ways that enrich the wellbeing of local residen...
12/01/2021
Museums and Libraries: The indispensable connective tissue that keeps healthy communities together - SaportaReport

Public libraries and museums are deeply embedded in their communities in ways that enrich the wellbeing of local residents. Through their core services, programming, and partnerships with other organizations, they catalyze broader networks of support that meet a diverse range of needs for individuals, organizations, and their broader communities.

Reinvestment Fund recently completed a national study of the nation’s museums and public libraries to explore the different ways these institutions promote the quality of life in their communities.

Read Museums and Libraries: The indispensable connective tissue that keeps healthy communities together by Reinvestment Fund for SaportaReport here.

#ICYMI: 📚 IMLS' Senior Library Program Officer Michele Farrell sat down with James Lonergan, Director of the Massachuset...
11/30/2021
State Library Spotlight: How ARP Act Stimulus Funds are Supporting Hotspots, Teens, and Talking Books in Massachusetts

#ICYMI: 📚 IMLS' Senior Library Program Officer Michele Farrell sat down with James Lonergan, Director of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners to discuss their response to the #COVID19 pandemic, including the use of IMLS American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds that they received, which included implementing a hot spot lending program, grants to underserved communities and purchase of new e-resources. Read the full interview below ⤵️

Because of the infrastructure of the Grants to States program and the agility of State Library Administrative Agencies, $178 million was rapidly rolled out to benefit libraries and their patrons across the country, and in some cases, museums, and tribes.

IMLS talked to the Director of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners about understanding the needs of their communities when developing projects with ARP funding.

#ICYMI: 📚 IMLS' Senior Library Program Officer Dennis Nangle sat down with Missouri's State Librarian, Robin Westphal to...
11/29/2021
State Library Spotlight: How ARP Act Stimulus Funds are Supporting Remote Learning in Missouri

#ICYMI: 📚 IMLS' Senior Library Program Officer Dennis Nangle sat down with Missouri's State Librarian, Robin Westphal to discuss their response to the #COVID19 pandemic, including the use of IMLS American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds that they received, which included eCollection support, statewide projects, and our sub-grants. Read the full interview below ⤵️

Because of the infrastructure of the Grants to States program and the agility of State Library Administrative Agencies, $178 million was rapidly rolled out to benefit libraries and their patrons across the country, and in some cases, museums, and tribes.

Missouri State Librarian, Robin Westphal talks about how American Rescue Plan funding from IMLS helped rural libraries provide connectivity and health and wellness services to their communities.

#ICYMI: IMLS Director Crosby Kemper signed a memorandum of understanding with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ...
11/26/2021
IMLS, USCIS Directors Sign Memorandum of Understanding at Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration

#ICYMI: IMLS Director Crosby Kemper signed a memorandum of understanding with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ur M. Jaddou on November 19 at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration.

Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island National Park Service Deputy Superintendent John Hnedak delivered remarks as host of the event.

This agreement further solidifies the close partnership between USCIS and museums and libraries nationwide.

Since the original MOU was signed in 2013, IMLS has been helping museums and libraries to provide accurate and useful information for lawful permanent residents interested in becoming U.S. citizens. This agreement further solidifies the close partnership between USCIS and museums and libraries natio...

Important Emergency Broadband Benefit Program changes will take effect next year. Congress recently created the Affordab...
11/24/2021
The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

Important Emergency Broadband Benefit Program changes will take effect next year. Congress recently created the Affordable Connectivity Program, a new long-term, $14 billion program, which will replace the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program.

Households that qualified for the Emergency Broadband Benefit due to a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 or by meeting the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's COVID-19 program 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗳𝘆 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝗳𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺.

You can still apply for the EBB! Learn more and apply today ⤵️ https://getemergencybroadband.org/

The EBB Program is an FCC program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households

The "Unearthed Voices from Plimouth at the Patuxet" project "highlights how intertwined the Wampanoag and colonial cultu...
11/23/2021
The First Thanksgiving: How Plimoth Patuxent Museums and the Wampanoag People Tell Their Stories Together

The "Unearthed Voices from Plimouth at the Patuxet" project "highlights how intertwined the Wampanoag and colonial cultures were and how it is impossible to tell the story of one culture without including the other." — Plimoth Patuxet Museums #Thanksgiving

As we celebrate Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month, this IMLS project at Plimoth Patuxent Museums highlights "how intertwined the Wampanoag and colonial cultures were and how it is impossible to tell the story of one culture without including the other."

#REALMproject Update: New information from our partners from OCLC and Battelle includes an updated briefing, prepared by...
11/19/2021
REALM project - Updated research | OCLC

#REALMproject Update: New information from our partners from OCLC and Battelle includes an updated briefing, prepared by Battelle, that summarizes research available on vaccines, variants, and ventilation. And, a new Vaccines A& US section on Community Health & Young People from Smithsonian, which includes materials specifically about young people and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more! ⤵️

An updated briefing, prepared by Battelle, summarizes research available on vaccines, variants, and ventilation. Among the new findings:

📚 IMLS' Senior Library Program Officer Michele Farrell sat down with James Lonergan, Director of the Massachusetts Board...
11/18/2021
State Library Spotlight: How ARP Act Stimulus Funds are Supporting Hotspots, Teens, and Talking Books in Massachusetts

📚 IMLS' Senior Library Program Officer Michele Farrell sat down with James Lonergan, Director of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners to discuss their response to the #COVID19 pandemic, including the use of IMLS American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds that they received, which included implementing a hot spot lending program, grants to underserved communities and purchase of new e-resources. Read the full interview below ⤵️

Because of the infrastructure of the Grants to States program and the agility of State Library Administrative Agencies, $178 million was rapidly rolled out to benefit libraries and their patrons across the country, and in some cases, museums, and tribes.

IMLS talked to the Director of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners about understanding the needs of their communities when developing projects with ARP funding.

We are so excited to be traveling again, and getting out in the field to visit and talk with all of you! Last week, Chri...
11/17/2021

We are so excited to be traveling again, and getting out in the field to visit and talk with all of you! Last week, Christopher Reich, Chief Administrator in the Office of Museum Services, was joined by Tim Hausmann and Samantha Hackney from Partners for Public Good to present the keynote session for the Kansas Museum Association Annual Conference in Lawrence, Kansas.

The team shared the findings and recommendations from IMLS’ recently released report on A Market Analysis and Opportunity Assessment of Museum Capacity Building Programs.

11/17/2021
www.fema.gov

🏛📚 #ICYMI: FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency is now providing retroactive reimbursements for safe opening and operation costs incurred to address #COVID19 safety for expenses incurred from Jan. 20, 2020 - Dec. 31, 2021.

Items that may be eligible for reimbursement include face coverings, Personal Protective Equipment, cleaning and disinfection, COVID-19 diagnostic testing, screening and temperature scanning and portable temporary physical barriers for social distancing.

Direct questions to your FEMA regional office.

Additional info ⬇️

#ICYMI: 📚 IMLS' Senior Library Program Officer Dennis Nangle sat down with Missouri's State Librarian, Robin Westphal to...
11/16/2021
State Library Spotlight: How ARP Act Stimulus Funds are Supporting Remote Learning in Missouri

#ICYMI: 📚 IMLS' Senior Library Program Officer Dennis Nangle sat down with Missouri's State Librarian, Robin Westphal to discuss their response to the #COVID19 pandemic, including the use of IMLS American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds that they received, which included eCollection support, statewide projects, and our sub-grants. Read the full interview below ⤵️

Because of the infrastructure of the Grants to States program and the agility of State Library Administrative Agencies, $178 million was rapidly rolled out to benefit libraries and their patrons across the country, and in some cases, museums, and tribes.

Missouri State Librarian, Robin Westphal talks about how American Rescue Plan funding from IMLS helped rural libraries provide connectivity and health and wellness services to their communities.

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Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday season from all of us at IMLS! #HappyHolidays 🕎🎄🎉
Despite it being thousands of miles away, Montana State University’s (MSU) Library Media Certificate (LMC) program has always had a large percentage of students from Alaska. Over time, the staff realized a need for the master’s level curriculum to reflect the diverse experiences of these learners and the communities they serve. Thanks to funding from the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program at IMLS, MSU created the Indigenous Perspective in School Librarianship (IPSL) project to prepare future school librarians to be culturally relevant educators who can serve as models and leaders in their schools and communities.
Traditions and language are the basis of culture around the world. In the more than 100 years since the first American Indian Day was declared by the governor of New York, preservation of native languages and cultures has become a priority for Tribal and Native American libraries and museums. Throughout the years, the Institute of Museum and Library Services has supported these endeavors through federal funding, including Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services grants. Check out some of the important work IMLS grantees are doing to help provide their communities’ access to rich traditions, histories, and Tribal languages for generations to come.
#ICYMI: 📚 IMLS' Senior Library Program Officer Michele Farrell sat down with James Lonergan, Director of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners to discuss their response to the #COVID19 pandemic, including the use of IMLS American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds that they received, which included implementing a hot spot lending program, grants to underserved communities and purchase of new e-resources. Read the full interview below ⤵️ Because of the infrastructure of the Grants to States program and the agility of State Library Administrative Agencies, $178 million was rapidly rolled out to benefit libraries and their patrons across the country, and in some cases, museums, and tribes.
Our hearts go out to so many people in the wake of the devastating tornadoes in Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Illinois, Mississippi, and Missouri. If you are seeking information and resources to help you public salvage cherished photographs, letters, and other irreplaceable objects the Heritage Emergency National Task Force is here for you. 🧸 Save Your Family Treasures: This FEMA site offers guidance to help individuals and families salvage their treasured family belongings following a disaster: https://www.fema.gov/assistance/save-family-treasures 📄 Salvaging Water-Damaged Family Valuables and Heirlooms Fact sheet:https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/2020-05/SalvagingFamilyValuables_sept2018.pdf 🖼 Smithsonian videos and Facebook Live workshops: https://culturalrescue.si.edu/hentf/resources/resources-public-and-historic-property-owners/
🏛📚 #ICYMI: FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency is now providing retroactive reimbursements for safe opening and operation costs incurred to address #COVID19 safety for expenses incurred from Jan. 20, 2020 - Dec. 31, 2021. Items that may be eligible for reimbursement include face coverings, Personal Protective Equipment, cleaning and disinfection, COVID-19 diagnostic testing, screening and temperature scanning and portable temporary physical barriers for social distancing. Direct questions to your FEMA regional office. Additional info ⬇️
#ICYMI: IMLS is now accepting applications for Native American Library Services Basic grants! Applications are due March 1, 2022. Native American Library Services Basic grants are noncompetitive one-year grants of $6,000 to $10,000, which can include up to $3,000 in eligible education and assessment activities or travel. Learn more about these grants on the IMLS website and apply today! ⤵
HAPPENING NOW: Nation of Makers, along with IMLS and the Congressional Maker Caucus, are hosting the 2021 virtual Capitol Hill Maker Faire today and tomorrow. This year’s theme is "Building a Better World: Resiliency through Making." This free, dynamic event celebrates trends and drivers of the popular Maker Movement. Making embraces innovation, creativity, and learning to improve communities and create a better future. The movement draws together tech enthusiasts, crafters, families, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors to explore invention, creativity and, resourcefulness. Click below to view the full schedule of events, speakers and moderators online. ⤵
🏛📚 #ICYMI: FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency is now providing retroactive reimbursements for safe opening and operation costs incurred to address #COVID19 safety for expenses incurred from Jan. 20, 2020 - Dec. 31, 2021. Items that may be eligible for reimbursement include face coverings, Personal Protective Equipment, cleaning and disinfection, COVID-19 diagnostic testing, screening and temperature scanning and portable temporary physical barriers for social distancing. Direct questions to your FEMA regional office. Additional info ⬇️
IMLS is now accepting applications for Native American Library Services Basic grants! Applications are due March 1, 2022. Native American Library Services Basic grants are noncompetitive one-year grants of $6,000 to $10,000, which can include up to $3,000 in eligible education and assessment activities or travel. Learn more about these grants on the IMLS website and apply today! ⤵
Public libraries and museums are deeply embedded in their communities in ways that enrich the wellbeing of local residents. Through their core services, programming, and partnerships with other organizations, they catalyze broader networks of support that meet a diverse range of needs for individuals, organizations, and their broader communities. Reinvestment Fund recently completed a national study of the nation’s museums and public libraries to explore the different ways these institutions promote the quality of life in their communities.
#ICYMI: 📚 IMLS' Senior Library Program Officer Michele Farrell sat down with James Lonergan, Director of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners to discuss their response to the #COVID19 pandemic, including the use of IMLS American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds that they received, which included implementing a hot spot lending program, grants to underserved communities and purchase of new e-resources. Read the full interview below ⤵️ Because of the infrastructure of the Grants to States program and the agility of State Library Administrative Agencies, $178 million was rapidly rolled out to benefit libraries and their patrons across the country, and in some cases, museums, and tribes.