July 1, 2021
New Museums for Digital Learning site for K-12 educators launches. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is pleased to announce the launch of a new online resource center featuring dynamic digital museum content for K-12 educators searchable by subject and grade. Teachers across the country can now find resources that feature engaging activities from a growing number of museums all aligned with national education standards. [Full Announcement].
April 22, 2020
COVID-19 Research Partnership to Inform Safe Handling of Collections, Reopening Practices for Libraries, Museums. The Institute of Museum and Library Services, together with OCLC, Inc. and Battelle, announced a new collaboration to support the nation’s libraries and museums as they consider safe reopening practices in light of COVID-19. [Full Announcement].
January 27, 2020
Crosby Kemper III Named Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Crosby Kemper III takes the helm of the Institute of Museum and Library Services as its sixth director today, following his commission by the White House on January 24 and confirmation by the United States Senate on January 10. IMLS, an independent government agency, is the primary source of federal support for the nation's museums and libraries. [Full Announcement].
July 26, 2019
PALCI and PALNI receive IMLS grant to develop the Hyku open source institutional repository. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded $172,172 to the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI) in partnership with the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) for Scaling Up a Collaborative Consortial Institutional Repository as part of the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program. IMLS received 138 preliminary proposals requesting more than $33 million in funding, and selected 36 applicants to receive awards during this grant cycle. With this award, the partners will develop and pilot an affordable, open-source, and collaborativeinstitutional repository solution based on the Hyku software. [Full Announcement].
May 7, 2019
IMLS announces new Deputy Director of Library Services. The Institute of Museum and Library Services has appointed Cynthia Landrum as the agency's new Deputy Director of the Office of Library Services. Landrum, a leader in the field with two decades of experience in public libraries, comes to IMLS from Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, where she served as CEO-Director. [Full Announcement].
January 7, 2019
Big opportunities for small libraries: IMLS launches new special initiative. The Institute of Museum and Library Services has launched a new special initiative, Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP), and is accepting grant applications now through February 25, 2019. This new funding opportunity is designed specifically to strengthen the ability of small and rural libraries, archives, and related organizations to serve their communities, and awards sizes range from $10,000 to $50,000. [Full Announcement].
October 2, 2017
WGBH Awarded Grant by Institute of Museum and Library Services for Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship. WGBH Educational Foundation is pleased to announce that the Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded WGBH a $229,772 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant to launch the Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship. The fellowship will fund 10 graduate students from across the United States to digitize at-risk audiovisual materials at public media organizations near their universities. The digitized content will ultimately be incorporated into the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB), a collaboration between Boston public media station WGBH and the Library of Congress working to digitize and preserve thousands of broadcasts and previously inaccessible programs from public radio and public television’s more than 60-year legacy. [Full Announcement].
September 16, 2017
IMLS Releases Annual Data and Survey Results of American Public Libraries. The Institute of Museum and Library Services released two key information products: the latest data from its annual Public Libraries Survey and a new report on the previous year’s data. The Public Libraries Survey examines key indicators of public library use, financial health, staffing, and resources. Explore the FY 2015 data and the FY 2014 report. [Full Announcement].
June 17, 2017
Libraries win $1M grant to expand AV repository tool. A $967,000 federal grant will allow Northwestern University Libraries and Indiana University Libraries to enhance their jointly developed audiovisual repository system, further improving the ability of archival institutions to manage and make accessible large digital collections of video and audio. [Full Announcement].
May 9, 2016
Minitex awarded $695,000 federal grant to enhance ebooks app. Library users will more easily access ebooks across multiple systems thanks to SimplyE, a free app for phones and tablets that is being further developed at Minitex, a joint program of the University of Minnesota Libraries and the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. The current version of SimplyE, to be released later this year, eliminates the need for a patron to switch between multiple ebook vendor apps to access collections from a single library. The Minitex-led phase of development will enable a patron to access ebooks from their public library, their college library, and other shared statewide collections (such as Ebooks Minnesota), all in one app. Additional possible enhancements will make SimplyE more useful to researchers and students. [Full Announcement].
September 1, 2015
IMLS award to improve library e-content and e-book borrowing. A new investment of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) will help libraries provide more e-books and make them more accessible to the public. With the IMLS award of $1,372,154, The New York Public Library, in close collaboration with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and 19 partner libraries and library consortia from across the country, will further a project called Library E-content Access Project (LEAP). LEAP will expand and provide outreach for the Library Simplified e-content reader app and unify and improve the e-book borrowing and reading experience for library patrons across the country. [Full Announcement].
October 6, 2014
Preservation Survey Results Released by ATLA. The Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded the American Theological Library Association and its partners the Catholic Library Association and the Association of Jewish Libraries a National Leadership Grant for the project ”In Good Faith: Collection Care, Preservation, and Access is Small Theological and Religious Studies Libraries.” A report on the project’s main activity, a survey on preservation and collections care issues at small libraries and archives based at theological and religious studies organizations, has just been published. [Full Announcement].
September 30, 2014
New IMLS funding to support the Digital Public Library of America announced. The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced a $999,485 grant to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) for a major expansion of its infrastructure. The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. DPLA aims to expand this crucial realm of openly available materials, and make those riches more easily discovered and more widely usable and used. [Full Announcement].
September 11, 2014
IMLS Awards $9.2 Million to Improve Library Services in the U.S.. The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced grants for 51 library projects, totaling $9,291,441, that will advance library and archives practice by addressing challenges in the field and by testing and evaluating innovations. [Full Announcement].
March 11, 2014
IMLS Grant to support development of library digital badging system. The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced a $250,000 award to the Brooklyn Public Library to partner with the software developer BiblioCommons to create and pilot an online badging system for libraries. The project will result in the technical infrastructure needed for participating libraries to offer digital badge-based programs through which library customers can access, manage, and collect a variety of badges. [Full Announcement].
September 13, 2012
IMLS Awards $250,000 to the Digital Public Library of America for Digital Hubs Pilot Program. The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced a $250,000 grant to support the development of the Digital Public Library of America . The National Leadership Grant for Libraries in the Advancing Digital Resources category will help fund the launch of the DPLA's Digital Hubs Pilot Program, a project that will take the first steps to bring together existing U.S. digital library infrastructure into a sustainable national digital library system. [Full Announcement].
June 22, 2012
IMLS announces grant to identify library e-book strategies. The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced a $99,957 grant to OCLC for "The Big Shift: Advancing Public Library Participation in Our Digital Future." The purpose of the grant is to more fully understand the challenges that U.S. public libraries face in providing e-book content to borrowers. [Full Announcement].
IMLS Announces Grant to Identify Library E-Book Strategies. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced a $99,957 grant to OCLC for "The Big Shift: Advancing Public Library Participation in Our Digital Future." The purpose of the grant is to more fully understand the challenges that U.S. public libraries face in providing e-book content to borrowers. [Full Announcement].
June 14, 2012
IMLS Announces Grant to Support Libraries’ Roles in National Broadband Adoption Efforts. The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced a $250,000 award to WebJunction to work with state libraries in Illinois, Mississippi, and West Virginia; federal policy makers; and the national nonprofit Connect2Compete to help national digital literacy efforts effectively work with libraries to plan for and deliver digital literacy training. The grant will identify model approaches for partnerships with libraries to meet public demand for training. [Full Announcement].