• Maine Memory Network — 21st Century Skills

    October 21, 2011

    By Steve Bromage Assistant Director, Maine Historical Society The Maine Historical Society has supported multiple projects through IMLS National Leadership and Museums for America grants including a statewide "Community History Outreach Program," campaign to build public access to historical collections held by organizations throughout Maine.  The 21st Century Skills framework has been a… Read more

  • Q&A with Chris Draft: Let’s Read. Let’s Move.

    October 20, 2011

    By Natasha Marstiller Public Affairs Specialist, IMLS Last month former NFL Linebacker and children’s book author Chris Draft visited IMLS at the National Book Festival Pavilion of the States.   Chris Draft has participated in Let’s Read/Let’s Move events and through his foundation supports a variety of family literacy and healthy lifestyle initiatives. The following questions and answers… Read more

  • Join the Conversation: Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture

    October 19, 2011

    By Mamie Bittner Director of Communications and Government Affairs, IMLS Today in Salzburg, IMLS, together with leaders from around the world, will take part in the

  • Connect to Compete: FCC Launches Digital Literacy Coalition

    October 17, 2011

    By Susan Hildreth Director, IMLS If all goes according to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s plan, libraries are going to have a lot of help closing “America’s digital skills gap.” On October 12, I participated in the unveiling of Connect to Compete, a public-private partnership to turn around the problem of digital exclusion in the US. According to the Pew Research Cent

  • It’s Not Speed Dating, but Poster Sessions Do Have Many Benefits

    October 13, 2011

    By Michele Farrell Senior Library Program Officer, IMLS I love poster sessions.  I can see what new ideas are being tried and have a quick word with the researcher.  Time is so tight at conferences and waiting to speak to a presenter after a two hour panel session isn’t always feasible.

  • R&D: Rip Off and Duplicate!

    October 11, 2011

    By Connie Bodner Senior Program Officer, IMLS Read the IMLS publication, Connecting to Collections: A Report to the Nation, to learn more about the initiative.

  • Digital Literacy Opportunities for All

    October 6, 2011

    By Susan Hildreth Director, IMLS A few months ago I had the opportunity to visit the public computer center at Coppin State University in Baltimore, MD for the unveiling of www.DigitalLiteracy.gov.  I am delighted that IMLS is a partner for this initiative and we are committed to helping communities and the libraries, museums and other organizations that serve them develop

  • National Book Festival Inspires Readers

    October 4, 2011

    By Mary Chute Deputy Director for Libraries, IMLS Recently, the rain clouds cleared on the National Mall and the 2011 National Book Festival delighted and inspired readers and book lovers of all ages.  This year’s two day event held September 24-25 was the 11th book festival and the largest yet with a record setting attendance of over 200,000. On the first day of the event, IMLS once again… Read more

  • Get Involved in Your Community’s Early Learning Efforts! Compete for the 2012 All-America City Award!

    September 26, 2011

    By Susan Hildreth Director, IMLS Last spring, I attended the Washington DC launch of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. Spearheaded by the Annie E.

  • Singing Sashimi and Making a Robot with Mom: My Visit to the Future at Maker Faire

    September 23, 2011

    By Marsha Semmel Director of Strategic Partnerships, IMLS As I joined the crowds to enter last weekend's World Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) in Queens, one of my first memorable encounters was with The Sashimi Tabernacle Choir, an old Volvo adorned with more than 250 computer-controlled 250 plastic fish and lobsters, singing and dancing to a repertoire spanning pop music to… Read more