• Community Catalyst: How Do We Know We Are Having An Impact?

    February 10, 2017

    Editor’s Note: This past fall, IMLS launched Community Catalyst, a new initiative aimed at sparking a conversation around ways to help libraries and museums develop a deeper understanding of the best ways to work with communities to bring about positive change. Through a cooperative agreement with Reinvestment Fund, the agency scanned the literature and gathered input from the library, museum,… Read more

  • Exploring the Learning Value of Children's Museums Through a Research Network

    February 9, 2017

    Susan Letourneau, Ph.D., Providence Children’s Museum Nicole R. Rivera, Ed.D., DuPage Children's Museum Jennifer Rehkamp, Association of Children’s Museums Children’s museums are rooted in research-based practices that support children’s learning. As the field continues to grow, children’s museums are increasingly conducting their own research and evaluation to bolster their efforts. Since 2012… Read more

  • Working with Partners in Your Community Catalyst Work

    January 31, 2017

    Editor’s Note: This past fall, IMLS launched Community Catalyst, a new initiative aimed at sparking a conversation around ways to help libraries and museums develop a deeper understanding of the best ways to work with communities to bring about positive change. Through a cooperative agreement with Reinvestment Fund, the agency scanned the literature and gathered input from the library, museum,… Read more

  • Community Catalyst: Community Work Requires Finding Just the Right Ingredients

    January 26, 2017

    Editor’s Note: This past fall, IMLS launched Community Catalyst, a new initiative aimed at sparking a conversation around ways to help libraries and museums develop a deeper understanding of the best ways to work with communities to bring about positive change. Through a cooperative agreement with Reinvestment Fund, the agency scanned the literature and gathered input from the library, museum,… Read more

  • Beyond the Rural Library's Walls

    January 24, 2017

    By Dr. Sharon Strover University of Texas at Austin With just a little over 2,000 people in western Kansas’ Stanton County, you might be surprised there’s a library in the area.  But the Stanton County Public Library is heavily used.  If you went there after hours and looked on its outdoor patio, you might see people at the Anna Mae Lewis Outdoor Library using the Internet connectivity… Read more

  • Community Catalyst: A Look at "Most Likely to Succeed" Indicators

    January 23, 2017

    Editor’s Note: This past fall, IMLS launched Community Catalyst, a new initiative aimed at sparking a conversation around ways to help libraries and museums develop a deeper understanding of the best ways to work with communities to bring about positive change. Through a cooperative agreement with Reinvestment Fund, the agency scanned the literature and gathered input from the library, museum,… Read more

  • Beaded Words: Poetry and Art Woven Together

    January 18, 2017

    Editor’s Note: The 2016 class of five National Student Poets was selected from a national pool of more than 20,000 poetry submissions. Throughout the year, each poet will serve as a literary ambassador and will share their passion for poetry and the literary arts with their communities through service projects, workshops, and public readings.  In addition, each poet will receive an… Read more

  • Community Catalyst: At Nurture Nature Center - Learning What Matters, a Community's Voice

    January 17, 2017

    Editor’s Note: This past fall, IMLS launched Community Catalyst, a new initiative aimed at sparking a conversation around ways to help libraries and museums develop a deeper understanding of the best ways to work with communities to bring about positive change. Through a cooperative agreement with Reinvestment Fund, the agency scanned the literature and gathered input from the library, museum,… Read more

  • Community Catalyst: Saint Paul Public Library Tackles Racial Equity Initiative

    January 16, 2017

    Editor’s Note: This past fall, IMLS launched Community Catalyst, a new initiative aimed at sparking a conversation around ways to help libraries and museums develop a deeper understanding of the best ways to work with communities to bring about positive change. Through a cooperative agreement with Reinvestment Fund, the agency scanned the literature and gathered input from the library, museum,… Read more

  • Community Catalyst: Amazement Square's Holistic Approach to Address the Needs of Underserved Early Learners

    January 13, 2017

    Editor’s Note: This past fall, IMLS launched Community Catalyst, a new initiative aimed at sparking a conversation around ways to help libraries and museums develop a deeper understanding of the best ways to work with communities to bring about positive change. Through a cooperative agreement with Reinvestment Fund, the agency scanned the literature and gathered input from the library, museum,… Read more