• 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Serve Veterans Using a Local Collective Impact Approach: Five Resource Documents

    April 11, 2017

    By Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew IMLS Director This nationwide effort gives us a bird’s eye view of dozens of local efforts that have worked, often beyond the expectations of even the LAMs involved. We like that IMLS has always focused its efforts on strengthening the nation’s communities by supporting the transformational power of libraries, archives and museums (LAMs) to change lives and improve… Read more

  • IMLS.gov: Finding Information and Data on IMLS Grants

    April 3, 2017

    Benjamin Sweezy Deputy Director of Digital and Information Strategy The IMLS website, IMLS.gov, offers information about grants made by the agency to libraries and museums across the nation. Here's how to access our frequently requested data. How IMLS grants support library services in each State?

  • Empowering Museums with Professional Development Opportunities

    March 30, 2017

    Paula Gangopadhyay IMLS Deputy Director of Museum Services

  • At One Ohio Library, Shared Learning Spaces Shed Light on How Children Learn

    March 10, 2017

    Editor’s Note: In honor of Teen Tech Week 2017, IMLS is spotlighting in a series of blogs five recent projects that we’ve supported which demonstrate how libraries are leveraging technology in service of teens across the nation. By Josephine Nolfi Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County

  • Kitsap Regional Library Leverages Youth Voices to Support Sustainable STEM Learning

    March 9, 2017

    Editor’s Note: In honor of Teen Tech Week 2017, IMLS is spotlighting in a series of blogs five recent projects that we’ve supported which demonstrate how libraries are leveraging technology in service of teens across the nation. By Shannon Peterson Kitsap Regional Library