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April 22, 2020

Institute of Museum and Library Services. 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].

July 26, 2019

Institute of Museum and Library Services. 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

Institute of Museum and Library Services. 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

Institute of Museum and Library Services. 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

Institute of Museum and Library Services. 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

Institute of Museum and Library Services. 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

Institute of Museum and Library Services. 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].

October 6, 2014

Institute of Museum and Library Services. 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

Institute of Museum and Library Services. 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

Institute of Museum and Library Services. 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

Institute of Museum and Library Services. 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].

June 22, 2012

Institute of Museum and Library Services. 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].

June 14, 2012

Institute of Museum and Library Services. 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].