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.
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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.

Mission: 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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🏛️ Are you interested in learning more about Museums For All, an initiative dedicated to expanding community access? Joi...
11/13/2020
Informational Webinar: Museums for All

🏛️ Are you interested in learning more about Museums For All, an initiative dedicated to expanding community access?

Join staff from IMLS and the Association of Children's Museums next Thursday, 11/19 at 2 p.m. ET to learn more about how and why more than 580 museums participate in the program.

Register today ⤵️

Are you interested in learning more about Museums for All, an initiative dedicated to expanding community access?

🏛️ Reminder: IMLS is now accepting Museums for America, which support projects that strengthen the ability of an individ...
11/13/2020
Museums for America

🏛️ Reminder: IMLS is now accepting Museums for America, which support projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public. #IMLSgrants Museums for America has three project categories:
✅ Lifelong Learning
✅ Community Anchors
✅ Collections Stewardship and Access

Applications are due 11/16. Apply today ⤵️

The Museums for America (MFA) grant program supports projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public.

HAPPENING TODAY: Join The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and Theater of War Productions, for an evening of reading...
11/12/2020
Poetry for the Pandemic: An Intergenerational Performance and Discussion

HAPPENING TODAY: Join The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and Theater of War Productions, for an evening of readings and a dialogue among distinguished poets and young poets of tomorrow—"Poetry for the Pandemic: An Intergenerational Performance and Discussion" tonight at 7 p.m. EDT!

Actors Bill Murray and Tracie Thoms will appear alongside the current 2020 National Student Poets as well as alumni and other distinguished poets, including former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera. The event will be facilitated by Dr. Joshua Bennett and will feature additional readings from Mahogany L. Browne - Writer, Molly McCully Brown and Patricia Smith. The readings will be followed by a discussion.

Registration is still open! ⤵️

Poetry for the Pandemic: An Intergenerational Performance and Discussion An evening of readings and a dialogue among distinguished poets and young poets of tomorrow—a chorus of diverse voices exploring the transformative power of words.

🏛️ The November 16 deadline for IMLS's Inspire! Grants for Small Museums is fast approaching! If you are from a small mu...
11/12/2020
Inspire! Grants for Small Museums

🏛️ The November 16 deadline for IMLS's Inspire! Grants for Small Museums is fast approaching! If you are from a small museum, this is an excellent opportunity to apply for funding to address priorities in your organization's strategic plan. #IMLSgrants

Apply today ⤵️

Application: The FY 2021 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (PDF, 510KB) is now available. Grant Amount: $5,000–$50,000 Program Overview: Inspire! Grants for Small Museums is a special initiative of the Museums for America program. It is designed to help small museums implement projects that add...

11/11/2020

In honor of #VeteransDay, we want to recognize some of our amazing grantees who are working with veteran's and their families every day or who are working hard to archive and preserve their stories. We are honored to support your work!

Be sure to check out the work these incredible projects and institutions:
➡️ Veterans Connect at the Library
➡️ Arizona Coalition for Military Families
➡️ Project Next Generation at Peoria PublicLibrary and Sparta Public Library
➡️ Children's Museum of Tacoma's Play is on Base partnership with Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM)
➡️ Boston Athenæum
➡️ Chicago Botanic Garden
➡️ New Jersey State Library Talking Book and Braille Center
➡️ Texas A&M University Libraries
➡️ USS Constitution Museum
➡️ Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Are you registered for tomorrow's "Poetry for the Pandemic: An Intergenerational Performance and Discussion" Zoom event ...
11/11/2020
Poetry for the Pandemic: An Intergenerational Performance and Discussion

Are you registered for tomorrow's "Poetry for the Pandemic: An Intergenerational Performance and Discussion" Zoom event at 7 p.m. ET presented by The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and Theater of War Productions?

The evening will feature readings and a dialogue among distinguished poets and young poets of tomorrow—a chorus of diverse voices exploring the transformative power of words. The event will be facilitated by Dr. Joshua Bennett with readings from actors Bill Murray and Tracie Thoms, Mahogany L. Browne - Writer, Juan Felipe Herrera, Molly McCully Brown, Patricia Smith, and the Class of 2020 National Student Poets. The readings will be followed by a discussion.

Registration is still open ⤵️

Poetry for the Pandemic: An Intergenerational Performance and Discussion An evening of readings and a dialogue among distinguished poets and young poets of tomorrow—a chorus of diverse voices exploring the transformative power of words.

Happy #VeteransDay! DYK: Women have been serving in critical civilian support roles for the military since the American ...
11/11/2020
The Groundbreaking Stories of American Women Aviators in World War II

Happy #VeteransDay! DYK: Women have been serving in critical civilian support roles for the military since the American Revolution. However, during World War II, approximately 350,000 American women volunteered for service in the Nurses Corps, the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAACs), the Women’s Air Force Service Pilots (WASPS), and many other capacities.

Learn more about how the National WASP WWII Museum is utilizing an IMLS grant to digitize a vast number of photographs, diaries, training schedules, classwork, letters and more to showcase these amazing women. ⤵️

With IMLS funding, the National WASP WWII Museum shares the history of women pilots who confronted gender barriers to serve their country.

Museums and libraries are often thought of as institutions of learning, but they are also a hub for resources and progra...
11/11/2020
Libraries, Museums, and Military Veterans: Telling Stories of Service

Museums and libraries are often thought of as institutions of learning, but they are also a hub for resources and programs to support, develop, and preserve the stories of our veterans. For some, separating from service can be difficult, but museums and libraries are working to help veterans and their families find the right resources to access benefits, transition to civilian life, find job opportunities, and overcome post-traumatic stress disorder.

Across the country, institutions are using IMLS funding to create and expand these services to help veterans, and better connect the military with the community.

Read these stories of service compiled in honor of #VeteransDay on our blog ⤵️

Museums and libraries are often thought of as institutions of learning, but they are also a hub for resources and programs to support, develop, and preserve the stories of our veterans.

Do you have questions about the #REALMProject? Be sure to check out the FAQ's below. ⤵️ New questions are added to the l...
11/10/2020
REALM project - FAQ | OCLC

Do you have questions about the #REALMProject? Be sure to check out the FAQ's below. ⤵️

New questions are added to the list as they arise. You can also submit questions to our team with Battelle and OCLC directly on the site, as well.

These frequently asked questions about the REALM project address information about the project, methodology, materials and transmission of COVID-19.

🏛️ Reminder: IMLS is now accepting applications for Museums Empowered: Professional Development Opportunities for Museum...
11/10/2020
Museums Empowered: Professional Development Opportunities for Museum Staff

🏛️ Reminder: IMLS is now accepting applications for Museums Empowered: Professional Development Opportunities for Museum Staff grants, which is a special initiative of the Museums for America grant program with the goal of strengthening the ability of an individual museum to serve its public through professional development activities that cut across various departments to generate systemic change within the museum. #IMLSgrants

Applications are due November 16. Apply today ⤵️

This is a special Museums for America (MFA) initiative to provide professional development and capacity building opportunities for eligible museums.

🏛️ Do you need help choosing which museum funding opportunity is the best fit for your project idea & your institution? ...
11/09/2020
IMLS Office of Museum Services: Choosing a Funding Opportunity for FY 2021

🏛️ Do you need help choosing which museum funding opportunity is the best fit for your project idea & your institution?
✅ Museums for America
✅ Inspire! Grants for Small Museums
✅ Museums Empowered
✅ National Leadership Grants for Museums
✅ Museum Grants for African American History & Culture
✅ Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services

Watch our presentation from August to learn more about each of our museum grant programs. ⤵️ Applications for all six programs are due on November 16, 2020. #IMLSgrants

Learn basic information to decide which IMLS museum funding program may fit your project idea and institution.

You don't want to miss this! Join the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and Theater of War Productions, for an evenin...
11/09/2020
Poetry for the Pandemic: An Intergenerational Performance and Discussion

You don't want to miss this! Join the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and Theater of War Productions, for an evening of readings and a dialogue among distinguished poets and young poets of tomorrow—"Poetry for the Pandemic: An Intergenerational Performance and Discussion."

Actors Bill Murray and Tracie Thoms will appear alongside the current 2020 National Student Poets as well as alumni and other distinguished poets, including former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, on November 12 at 7pm EST. The event will be facilitated by Dr. Joshua Bennett.

Register below ⤵️

Poetry for the Pandemic: An Intergenerational Performance and Discussion An evening of readings and a dialogue among distinguished poets and young poets of tomorrow—a chorus of diverse voices exploring the transformative power of words.

🏛️ Reminder: The November 16 deadline to apply for National Leadership Grants for Museums is fast approaching! #IMLSgran...
11/06/2020
National Leadership Grants for Museums

🏛️ Reminder: The November 16 deadline to apply for National Leadership Grants for Museums is fast approaching! #IMLSgrants

National Leadership Grants for Museums support projects that address critical needs of the museum field and that have the potential to advance practice in the profession so that museums can improve services for the American public. This program has five project categories:
➡️ Collections Stewardship and Access
➡️ Data and Evaluation
➡️ Digital Platforms and Applications
➡️ Diversity and Inclusion
➡️ Professional Development

Applications are due 11/16. ⤵️

National Leadership Grants for Museums provides grants to address critical needs of the museum field and to advance the profession.

🏦 Reminder: IMLS is currently accepting applications for 6️⃣ grant programs for museums!✅ Museums for America✅ Inspire! ...
11/06/2020
Six IMLS Museum Grant Opportunities Now Open

🏦 Reminder: IMLS is currently accepting applications for 6️⃣ grant programs for museums!
✅ Museums for America
✅ Inspire! Grants for Small Museums
✅ Museums Empowered
✅ National Leadership Grants for Museums
✅ Museum Grants for African American History & Culture
✅ Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services

Applications for all six programs are due on November 16, 2020.

Learn more & apply today ⤵️

Museums across the U.S. have six opportunities in the coming months to apply for grants.

🏛️ Reminder: IMLS is now accepting Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services, which support Indian tribes and orga...
11/05/2020
Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

🏛️ Reminder: IMLS is now accepting Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services, which support Indian tribes and organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians in sustaining heritage, culture, and knowledge through exhibitions, educational services and programming, professional development, and collections stewardship. #IMLSgrants

Applications are due 11/16. Apply today ⤵️

This grant support Indian tribes and organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge.

ICYMI: Last month, the #REALMProject released individual toolkits specific to 🏦 museums, 📚 libraries, and 🗄 archives. Se...
11/05/2020
REALM project - Resources | OCLC

ICYMI: Last month, the #REALMProject released individual toolkits specific to 🏦 museums, 📚 libraries, and 🗄 archives.

Select your institution type below to access a variety of toolkit resources to share with staff and stakeholders as you navigate your reopening journey ⤵️

View the latest resources and toolkits created by the REALM project to aid in the reopening of libraries, archives, and museums.

🏛️ Reminder: IMLS is now accepting applications for the Museum Grants for African American History & Culture program (AA...
11/04/2020
Museum Grants for African American History and Culture

🏛️ Reminder: IMLS is now accepting applications for the Museum Grants for African American History & Culture program (AAHC program)!

The AAHC program supports projects that nurture museum professionals, build institutional capacity, and increase access to museum and archival collections at African American museums and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). #imlsgrants

Applications are due 11/16. Apply today ⤵️

Museum Grants for African American History and Culture support projects that improve operations, care of collections, and professional development.

Join the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and Theater of War Productions, for an evening of readings and a dialogue ...
11/04/2020
Poetry for the Pandemic: An Intergenerational Performance and Discussion

Join the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and Theater of War Productions, for an evening of readings and a dialogue among distinguished poets and young poets of tomorrow—"Poetry for the Pandemic: An Intergenerational Performance and Discussion."

Actors Bill Murray and Tracie Thoms will appear alongside the current 2020 National Student Poets as well as alumni and other distinguished poets, including former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, on November 12 at 7pm EST. The event will be facilitated by Dr. Joshua Bennett.

Register below ⤵️

Poetry for the Pandemic: An Intergenerational Performance and Discussion An evening of readings and a dialogue among distinguished poets and young poets of tomorrow—a chorus of diverse voices exploring the transformative power of words.

🏛️ Reminder: IMLS is now accepting Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services, which support Indian tribes & organi...
11/04/2020
Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

🏛️ Reminder: IMLS is now accepting Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services, which support Indian tribes & organizations that primarily serve & represent Native Hawaiians in sustaining heritage, culture & knowledge through exhibitions, educational services & programming, professional development & collections stewardship. #IMLSgrants

Applications are due 11/16. ⤵️

This grant support Indian tribes and organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge.

🏛️ Reminder: IMLS is now accepting National Leadership Grants for Museums, which support projects that address critical ...
11/03/2020
National Leadership Grants for Museums

🏛️ Reminder: IMLS is now accepting National Leadership Grants for Museums, which support projects that address critical needs of the museum field and that have the potential to advance practice in the profession so that museums can improve services for the American public. #IMLSgrants

Applications are due 11/16. ⤵️

National Leadership Grants for Museums provides grants to address critical needs of the museum field and to advance the profession.

🥇🚨 LAST CALL: All nominations for the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service are due today!  Anyone—an emplo...
11/02/2020
National Medal for Museum and Library Service

🥇🚨 LAST CALL: All nominations for the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service are due today!

Anyone—an employee, a board member, a volunteer, a member of the public, or a government official—can nominate an institution.

The National Medal honors outstanding libraries and museums that have made significant and exceptional contributions in service to their communities.

Wishing you a safe and happy Halloween! 🎃👻☠️🧛 Photos courtesy of Juneau Public Libraries and Reading Public Library via ...
10/31/2020

Wishing you a safe and happy Halloween! 🎃👻☠️🧛

Photos courtesy of Juneau Public Libraries and Reading Public Library via Reading Eagle.

🏦 It’s no surprise that interactive exhibits attract more attention and make learning more fun. So when the Sealaska Her...
10/30/2020
Filling In the Map: Presenting and Preserving Native Alaskan History

🏦 It’s no surprise that interactive exhibits attract more attention and make learning more fun. So when the Sealaska Heritage Institute was given the opportunity through an IMLS Native American Museum Services grant to enhance its tabletop display showing a satellite map of Southeast Alaska, they were eager to get started.

Learn more about this project today on our blog ⤵️

“Our Grandparents’ Names on the Land,” a Native American Museum Services Grant to the Sealaska Heritage Institute, brings interactive stories of the past into the present.

📝 Weekend to-do list: ☑️ Read a good book. ☑️ Take a virtual tour of a new museum. ☑️ Nominate your favorite museum or l...
10/30/2020
National Medal for Museum and Library Service

📝 Weekend to-do list:
☑️ Read a good book.
☑️ Take a virtual tour of a new museum.
☑️ Nominate your favorite museum or library for the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service!

🥇 Nominations are due by Monday, November 2.

The National Medal honors outstanding libraries and museums that have made significant and exceptional contributions in service to their communities.

🏦 Reminder: IMLS is currently accepting applications for 6️⃣ grant programs for museums! ✅ Museums for America✅ Inspire!...
10/29/2020
Six IMLS Museum Grant Opportunities Now Open

🏦 Reminder: IMLS is currently accepting applications for 6️⃣ grant programs for museums!
✅ Museums for America
✅ Inspire! Grants for Small Museums
✅ Museums Empowered
✅ National Leadership Grants for Museums
✅ Museum Grants for African American History & Culture
✅ Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services

Applications for all six programs are due on November 16, 2020.

Learn more & apply today ⤵️

Museums across the U.S. have six opportunities in the coming months to apply for grants.

10/28/2020
IMLS and StoryCorps Celebrate 25 Years of the National Medal of Museum and Library Service

🥇 Need inspiration for your 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service nomination?

To celebrate 25 years, we teamed up with StoryCorps to share stories from our award-winning institutions from the past decade.

Nominations for 2021 at due Monday, Nov. 2! Don't wait!

The National Medal for Museum and Library Service is the nation’s highest honor for institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their...

Do you have questions about the #REALMProject? Be sure to check out the FAQ's below. ⤵️ New questions are added to the l...
10/27/2020
REALM project - FAQ | OCLC

Do you have questions about the #REALMProject? Be sure to check out the FAQ's below. ⤵️

New questions are added to the list as they arise. You can also submit questions to our team with Battelle and OCLC directly on the site, as well.

These frequently asked questions about the REALM project address information about the project, methodology, materials and transmission of COVID-19.

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