The vision of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is a democratic society where communities and individuals thrive with broad public access to knowledge, cultural heritage, and lifelong learning. 

IMLS views openness and transparency as critical to achieving the agency’s mission.  Consequently, the agency has built a strong foundation of openness policies and practices that guide its activities, including a commitment to making IMLS information open by default.

Federal Digital Strategy Overview

On May 23, 2012, President Obama released a Memorandum (PDF, 67 KB) calling for all government agencies to “identify ways to use innovative technologies to streamline their delivery of services to lower costs, decrease service delivery times, and improve the customer experience.” In response to this directive, the Federal CIO released a strategy entitled "Digital Government: Building a 21st Century Platform to Better Serve the American People", which aims to deliver the general public and our government workforce access to government information and services on demand and on any device.

The Digital Strategy is aimed at building a 21st century government that works better for the American people.  The three primary goals of the digital strategy are to:

  • Enable the American people and an increasingly mobile workforce to access high-quality digital government information and services anywhere, anytime, on any device.
  • Ensure that as the government adjusts to this new digital world, we seize the opportunity to procure and manage devices, applications, and data in smart, secure, and affordable ways.
  • Unlock the power of government data to spur innovation across our nation and improve the quality of services for the American people.

IMLS Digital Government Strategy Report

Read the IMLS Digital Government Strategy Report. Our report is also available in JSON and XML formats.

Please continue to watch this page to read more about our progress in adopting and implementing Digital Strategy activities.