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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📚 IMLS Senior Library Program Officer Dennis Nangle interviewing Minnesota’s Director of State Library Services, Jennife...
02/10/2021
IMLS CARES Act State Library Spotlight: How Minnesota Supported Tribal Colleges and Digital Access | Institute of Museum and Library Services

📚 IMLS Senior Library Program Officer Dennis Nangle interviewing Minnesota’s Director of State Library Services, Jennifer Nelson, to discuss their response to the #COVID19 pandemic, including the use of IMLS CARES Act funds that they received. This included investments in access to the internet, devices, and digital literacy overall at three regional public library systems, as well as four tribal college libraries in Minnesota.

Read the full interview below ⤵️

Jennifer Nelson, Director of State Library Services, Minnesota IMLS staff interviewed chief officers of State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs) to discuss their response to the coronavirus, including the use of

#REALMProject Update: The recording of the January 29 webinar, “REALM Project Update and Community Reflections,” is now ...
02/09/2021
New project resources available

#REALMProject Update: The recording of the January 29 webinar, “REALM Project Update and Community Reflections,” is now available on-demand. Panelists shared updates on project activities and research findings as well as perspectives from the field.

In addition, a new toolkit resource that synthesizes information from the U.S. CDC on cleaning and disinfecting considerations is available for download.

The recording of the 29 January REALM webinar, “Project Update and Community Reflections,” is now available on demand. Panelists including Chris Cooper, Director of Library Services, Humboldt County Library (CA); Robin Foley, Director of Operations, The Buffalo History Museum (NY); Anna Musun-Mi...

ICYMI: American Libraries Magazine's January podcast episode took a look at #COVID19 mitigation measures, specifically l...
02/08/2021
Call Number Podcast: COVID-19 Mitigation Measures | American Libraries Magazine

ICYMI: American Libraries Magazine's January podcast episode took a look at #COVID19 mitigation measures, specifically library efforts to prevent the virus's spread.

🎧 Listen today ⤵️ #REALMProject #COVIDLibraries

In Episode 58, Call Number with American Libraries looks at library efforts to prevent COVID-19 contamination.

🏛️📚 Did you miss last weeks #REALMProject webinar? Representatives from OCLC , Humboldt County Library and The Buffalo H...
02/05/2021
REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums: Project Update and Community Reflections

🏛️📚 Did you miss last weeks #REALMProject webinar? Representatives from OCLC , Humboldt County Library and The Buffalo History Museum highlighted free resources and shared strategies implemented at their institutions.

Watch the full recording on-demand today! ⤵️

A REALM project update on the latest research, new resources, and strategies being implemented in LAM institutions.

Former National Student Poet awardee Amanda Gorman captivated the world when she read her poem “The Hill We Climb” at Pr...
02/04/2021

Former National Student Poet awardee Amanda Gorman captivated the world when she read her poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ Jan. 20 Inauguration ceremony. We are looking forward to her next poem this Sunday at #SuperBowlLV!

Learn more about this inspiring individual in her latest interview with former FLOTUS, Michelle Obama and get a peek at all of our 2016 National Student Poets Program awardees in the photos ⤵️

Like the rest of the country, I was so profoundly moved as I watched Amanda Gorman read her poem “The Hill We Climb.” The power of her words blew me away—but it was more than that. It was her presence on stage, the confidence she exuded as a young Black woman helping to turn the page to a more hopeful chapter in American leadership. I have to say I felt proud too, having met her back in 2016 at the White House when she visited for the National Student Poets program, and then again at Black Girls Rock in 2018. Over the years, I’ve seen her continue to inspire people with her words. I could not be prouder of the young woman she has become. https://time.com/collection/renaissance-is-black/5933596/amanda-gorman-michelle-obama-interview/

👀 Looking for new activities to do from home? Atlas Obscura shares six digital projects that you can help librarians and...
02/04/2021
Even More Ways to Help Librarians and Archivists From Home

👀 Looking for new activities to do from home? Atlas Obscura shares six digital projects that you can help librarians and archivists with from home. Learn more below ⤵️

As long as we're all cooped-up, here are six digital projects that could use your curiosity.

📚 IMLS' Senior Library Program Officer Michele Farrell sat down with Georgia’s State Librarian Julie Walker to discuss t...
02/03/2021
IMLS CARES Act State Library Spotlight: How Georgia Invested in Connectivity and Museums | Institute of Museum and Library Services

📚 IMLS' Senior Library Program Officer Michele Farrell sat down with Georgia’s State Librarian Julie Walker to discuss their response to the #COVID19 pandemic, including the use of IMLS CARES Act funds that they received. Read the full interview below ⤵️

Because of the infrastructure of the Grants to States program and the agility of State Library Administrative Agencies, $30 million was rapidly rolled out earlier this year to benefit libraries and their patrons across the country, and in some cases, museums, and tribes.

The Georgia State Librarian shares how her state is using IMLS CARES Act funds to help libraries and communities through connectivity and partnerships.

TOMORROW: Join IMLS' Deputy Director, Office of Museum Services, Paula Gangopadhyay, alongside Microsoft's Global Busine...
02/02/2021
North America Profile and Trends

TOMORROW: Join IMLS' Deputy Director, Office of Museum Services, Paula Gangopadhyay, alongside Microsoft's Global Business Strategy Leader – Libraries & Museums, Catherine Devine, in an hour-long conversation focusing on broad and deep insights on the evolution of digital transformations happening in the US cultural and education sectors.

Register today ⤵ https://microsoftedu.eventbuilder.com/event/29092

Inspiring the Digital Landscape of Libraries and Museums

🏦 American Alliance of Museums has engaged Raffa, Marcum LLP’s Nonprofit & Social Sector Group, to host a webinar TODAY ...
02/02/2021
Museums and Cultural Institutions: Framing the Impact of COVID-19 Relief

🏦 American Alliance of Museums has engaged Raffa, Marcum LLP’s Nonprofit & Social Sector Group, to host a webinar TODAY at 2 p.m. EST on the impact of #COVID19 relief on museums.

Registration is still open ⤵

Like many institutions, museums continue to face uncertainty as the COVID-19 pandemic persists. Raffa, Marcum’s Nonprofit & Social Sector Group, understands that organizations are eager to bett…

🏛️ LAST CALL!! TODAY is the last day to apply for the Museum Assessment Program (MAP)! In these uncertain times, MAP can...
02/01/2021
Museum Assessment Program (MAP)

🏛️ LAST CALL!! TODAY is the last day to apply for the Museum Assessment Program (MAP)! In these uncertain times, MAP can help your museum improve operations and create new roadmaps for the future.

Apply Now! ➡️ https://www.aam-us.org/programs/accreditation-excellence-programs/museum-assessment-program-map/

MAP is supported through a cooperative agreement between IMLS and the American Alliance of Museums.

About MAP Since its inception in 1981, the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) has helped more than 5,000 small and mid-sized museums of all types strengthen operations, plan for the future, and meet s…

Announcing the release of a comprehensive evaluation of the Museum Grants for African American History and Culture (AAHC...
02/01/2021
IMLS Releases Retrospective on 15 Years of African American History and Culture Grants | Institute of Museum and Library Services

Announcing the release of a comprehensive evaluation of the Museum Grants for African American History and Culture (AAHC) program over the past 15 years in partnership with Urban Institute.

The IMLS grant program began in 2006, and over the past 15 years, has invested around $22.5 million in 110 organizations across 31 states. AAHC grants support activities that build the institutional capacity and promote the growth and development of museum professionals at African American museums.

The full report and a one-page summary fact sheet are available on the IMLS website.

The new study identifies opportunities to strengthen African American museums and HBCUs.

HAPPENING SOON: Join us at 3 p.m. ET TODAY for the next #REALMProject webinar. Almost a year into the COVID-19 pandemic,...
01/29/2021
REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums: Project Update and Community Reflections

HAPPENING SOON: Join us at 3 p.m. ET TODAY for the next #REALMProject webinar.

Almost a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, libraries, archives and museums continue to adapt and respond. With six rounds of lab testing and two scientific literature reviews completed, project team members will provide an update on the latest results, summarize what is known and unknown about the virus, and highlight free resources. Presenters will share strategies implemented at their institutions, and the project team will preview what is on the horizon for REALM.

Registration is still open! ⤵️

A REALM project update on the latest research, new resources, and strategies being implemented in LAM institutions.

📚🏦 TOMORROW: Join us for the next #REALMProject webinar tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET. Almost a year into the COVID-19 pandemic,...
01/28/2021
REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums: Project Update and Community Reflections

📚🏦 TOMORROW: Join us for the next #REALMProject webinar tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET.

Almost a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, libraries, archives and museums continue to adapt and respond. With six rounds of lab testing and two scientific literature reviews completed, project team members will provide an update on the latest results, summarize what is known and unknown about the virus, and highlight free resources. Presenters will share strategies implemented at their institutions, and the project team will preview what is on the horizon for REALM.

Register today! ⤵️

A REALM project update on the latest research, new resources, and strategies being implemented in LAM institutions.

🏛️ FIVE DAYS LEFT to apply for the Museum Assessment Program (MAP)!  In these uncertain times, MAP can help your museum ...
01/27/2021
Museum Assessment Program (MAP)

🏛️ FIVE DAYS LEFT to apply for the Museum Assessment Program (MAP)! In these uncertain times, MAP can help your museum improve operations and create new roadmaps for the future.

Applications are due on Feb. 1! ➡️ https://www.aam-us.org/programs/accreditation-excellence-programs/museum-assessment-program-map/

MAP is supported through a cooperative agreement between IMLS and the American Alliance of Museums.

About MAP Since its inception in 1981, the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) has helped more than 5,000 small and mid-sized museums of all types strengthen operations, plan for the future, and meet s…

REMINDER: The Library of Congress is now accepting applications for the 2021 Literacy Awards until March 5! The program ...
01/27/2021
Library of Congress Literacy Awards | Read.gov - Library of Congress

REMINDER: The Library of Congress is now accepting applications for the 2021 Literacy Awards until March 5! The program honors nonprofit organizations that have made outstanding contributions to increasing literacy in the United States or abroad. The awards also encourage the continuing development of innovative methods for promoting literacy and the wide dissemination of the most effective practices. Apply today ⤵http://www.read.gov/literacyawards/

Did you hear? The Library of Congress is now accepting applications for the 2021 Literacy Awards through March 5. The aw...
01/26/2021

Did you hear? The Library of Congress is now accepting applications for the 2021 Literacy Awards through March 5.

The awards -- established by the Library and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein -- were first conferred in 2013 to honor and support organizations working to promote literacy both in the United States and abroad.

More: loc.gov/item/prn-21-001/?loclr=fbloc

NEWS: The Library is now accepting applications for the 2021 Literacy Awards through March 5. The awards -- established by the Library and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein -- were first conferred in 2013 to honor and support organizations working to promote literacy both in the United States and abroad.

More: loc.gov/item/prn-21-001/?loclr=fbloc

Join us for the next #REALMProject webinar on January 29 at 3 p.m. ET. Almost a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, librari...
01/25/2021
REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums: Project Update and Community Reflections

Join us for the next #REALMProject webinar on January 29 at 3 p.m. ET.

Almost a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, libraries, archives and museums continue to adapt and respond. With six rounds of lab testing and two scientific literature reviews completed, project team members will provide an update on the latest results, summarize what is known and unknown about the virus, and highlight free resources. Presenters will share strategies implemented at their institutions, and the project team will preview what is on the horizon for REALM.

Register today! ⤵️

A REALM project update on the latest research, new resources, and strategies being implemented in LAM institutions.

🏛️ LAST CALL: Tomorrow is the last day to submit applications for the Save America’s Treasures grant program! IMLS partn...
01/25/2021
Save America's Treasures

🏛️ LAST CALL: Tomorrow is the last day to submit applications for the Save America’s Treasures grant program!

IMLS partners with the National Park Service, National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities in preserving nationally significant collections, historic structures, and sites through the Save America’s Treasures grant program. #IMLSgrants

Learn more and apply below ⤵️

Applications: The application for collections projects is available through Grants.gov under funding opportunity number P21AS00203. The application for preservation projects is available under funding opportunity number P21AS00202.

👏 We are pleased to welcome 3️⃣ new members of the National Museum and Library Services Board.     The Board advises IML...
01/22/2021
Board | Institute of Museum and Library Services

👏 We are pleased to welcome 3️⃣ new members of the National Museum and Library Services Board.

The Board advises IMLS on programs and policies to enhance museum, library, and information services throughout the nation, and its members are selected on the basis of their expertise and commitment to libraries and museums. Please joining us in welcoming:

🏦 Brian Allen from Arlington, Vermont
📚 Jennie Stapp from Helena, Montana
📚 Norma Thompson of New Haven, Connecticut

For more information on the National Museum and Library Services Board, please visit ⤵

The National Museum and Library Services Board, established by 20 U.S.C. § 9105a, advises the agency on general policies with respect to the duties, powers, and authority of IMLS relating to museum, library, and information services, as well as the annual selection of National Medals recipients. Ch...

#ICYMI: American Libraries Magazine published this #REALMproject overview and illustrated infographic (printable and dow...
01/22/2021
REALM Test Results | American Libraries Magazine

#ICYMI: American Libraries Magazine published this #REALMproject overview and illustrated infographic (printable and downloadable) with results from the first 5️⃣ rounds of tests.

Find it in their online edition linked below. ⤵️

The REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) project has been studying surface transmission risks of COVID-19 on common library and museum materials. American Libraries summarizes the latest findings in this infographic.

#ICYMI We're added a Grants Management Specialist (Sr. Program Officer) in our Office of Library Services to our talente...
01/21/2021
Grants Management Specialist (Sr. Program Officer)

#ICYMI We're added a Grants Management Specialist (Sr. Program Officer) in our Office of Library Services to our talented team.

Learn more about the position and apply today ⤵️

The Office of Library Services (OLS) provides grants through the Discretionary Library Grants and discretionary grant programs to enhance the quality of library services in all types of libraries and grants to support education and training in library, digital library development, online digital lib...

Congratulations, Inaugural Poet and Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Alum Amanda Gorman! Today we celebrate the next gene...
01/20/2021
PBS NewsHour

Congratulations, Inaugural Poet and Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Alum Amanda Gorman! Today we celebrate the next generation of creative thinkers, dreamers, and scholars. We look forward to what our 2021 National Student Poets will accomplish through their inspiring work. #InaugurationDay

WATCH: Amanda Gorman reads inauguration poem, "The Hill We Climb" https://to.pbs.org/3itPmQ1

01/20/2021

Congratulations, Inaugural Poet and Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Alum Amanda Gorman! Today we celebrate the next generation of creative thinkers, dreamers, and scholars. We look forward to what our 2021 National Student Poets will accomplish through their inspiring work.

🏛️ REMINDER: ONE WEEK LEFT to submit applications for the Save America’s Treasures grant program! IMLS partners with the...
01/19/2021
Save America's Treasures

🏛️ REMINDER: ONE WEEK LEFT to submit applications for the Save America’s Treasures grant program!

IMLS partners with the National Park Service, National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities in preserving nationally significant collections, historic structures, and sites through the Save America’s Treasures grant program. #IMLSgrants

Applications are due 1/26! Learn more and apply below ⤵️

Applications: The application for collections projects is available through Grants.gov under funding opportunity number P21AS00203. The application for preservation projects is available under funding opportunity number P21AS00202.

Congress designated #MLKDay a federal holiday in 1994 in recognition of Dr. King’s legacy of service & leadership to gai...
01/18/2021

Congress designated #MLKDay a federal holiday in 1994 in recognition of Dr. King’s legacy of service & leadership to gain equality for all Americans. This national day of service encourages Americans to volunteer to improve their local communities.

Be sure to check out volunteer opportunities with your local libraries and museums! Have a volunteer story you want to share? Leave it in the comments!

#REALMproject update: Tests 7 and 8 are now underway to study how colder and warmer temperatures may impact survivabilit...
01/15/2021

#REALMproject update: Tests 7 and 8 are now underway to study how colder and warmer temperatures may impact survivability of the infectious COVID-19 virus on these surfaces:
✅ Hardback book
✅ Softback book cover
✅ Plastic protective cover
✅ Expanded polyethylene foam

Click here to learn more ➡️ oc.lc/realm-happening-now

🏛️ REMINDER: IMLS partners with the National Park Service, National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for th...
01/14/2021
Save America's Treasures

🏛️ REMINDER: IMLS partners with the National Park Service, National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities in preserving nationally significant collections, historic structures, & sites through the Save America’s Treasures grant program. #IMLSgrants

Applications are due 1/26! Learn more and apply below ⤵️

Applications: The application for collections projects is available through Grants.gov under funding opportunity number P21AS00203. The application for preservation projects is available under funding opportunity number P21AS00202.

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