• Natural Disaster Recovery Resources for Museums and Libraries

    The resources below were prepared by federal agencies and private non-profit organizations with experience in disaster planning and response to help with the recovery process. This is not an exclusive list, but rather reflects some of the many resources available to assist cultural institutions. Contact imlsinfo@imls.gov to share additional resources or to request further information. Recovery… Read more

  • Using and Preserving Born-Digital Research Collections

    August 2, 2017

    Dr. Ashley E. Sands Senior Program Officer, Office of Library Services In April, IMLS  announced 39 awards made through the National Leadership Grants for Libraries program (NLG) and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program (LB21). The seven projects highlighted in this post represent a total investment of more than $1,680,000. Click the log number for each grant to access more… Read more

  • Continuing to Build Digitally Inclusive Communities

    July 7, 2017

    By James P. Neal, III Senior Program Officer, IMLS Office of Library Services In April IMLS announced 39 awards made through the National Leadership Grants for Libraries program (NLG) and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program (LB21). Of those award recipients, the five projects highlighted in this post represent the growth and development of the national digital platform corroborating… Read more

  • Coming Together To Inspire Underserved Youth with STEM Learning Through Making

    June 28, 2017

    Paula Gangopadhyay Deputy Director, Office of Museum Services As the “National Week of Making” wraps up this week, seven science centers and children’s museums across the nation have been busy putting finishing touches on months of collaborative planning, training and preparation—all aimed at offering a “summer full” of STEM learning opportunities for underserved youth across nation. The… Read more

  • Framework and Other Making Resources for Museums and Libraries

    June 26, 2017

    By Christopher Reich and Tim Carrigan IMLS The National Week of Making, June 16-27, celebrates the innovation, ingenuity, and creativity of makers throughout the world. As the Maker Movement continues to grow, we congratulate the many libraries and museums across the nation that are providing opportunities for patrons of all ages to tinker, invent, collaborate, experiment, create, and learn.… Read more

  • Museums Helping Museums Serve Their Youngest Learners

    June 20, 2017

    By Reagan Moore and Helen Wechsler Neuroscientists tell us that the type of learning that occurs in museums – self-directed, experiential, content rich – promotes executive function skills (PDF, 256 KB) that can shape a child’s success in school and life. IMLS believes that museums can play a strong role in early learning for all children. Over the past five years, IMLS’s museum grant programs… Read more

  • IMLS at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago

    June 19, 2017

    By Laura McKenzie Office of Library Services Staff from IMLS will be on the ground at the American Library Association’s annual conference, June 22-27th in Chicago. This post is a short guide for anyone who might be visiting the conference and would like to learn more about IMLS programs and IMLS-funded projects. See Us at the IMLS Booth IMLS program staff will be onsite at booth #1613 during… Read more

  • Innovating with Communities

    May 30, 2017

    By Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew IMLS Director I returned to the IMLS office from St. Louis, feeling rejuvenated and inspired after the American Alliance of Museums annual meeting. It's not just DC that is being swept up by changing currents. So are museums. My optimism comes from the meeting’s attendees who have felt and reacted to these shifting tides. Museums have responded by shaping the incoming… Read more

  • Enhancing Digital Collection Tools through Collaboration

    May 25, 2017

    Emily Reynolds Program Officer, IMLS Office of Library Services IMLS recently announced 39 awards made through the National Leadership Grants for Libraries program (NLG) and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program (LB21). The four projects highlighted in this post represent a total investment of more than $1.3 million. Click the log number for each grant to access more information,… Read more

  • Plan Your Next IMLS Museum Application: Two New Publications Can Help

    May 1, 2017

    From the Office of Museum Services It’s never too early to start planning your next IMLS museum grant application. Two new IMLS publications provide useful information to inspire you as you consider the various ways that IMLS might support your programs, whether your work is community-based, or related to STEM, early childhood, collections stewardship, or something else! Want to get a head… Read more