National Medal Nominations Open

Library supporters who believe their libraries are providing communities with exceptional service now have the opportunity to get national attention for their libraries. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced this week that the agency is accepting nominations for the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for exemplary service by museums and libraries. The award nomination deadline ends on October 15, 2012.

The National Medal honors libraries and museums that make civic, educational, economic, environmental and social contributions. All types of nonprofit libraries, including public, school, academic, research, and archival, are eligible to receive this honor. The winners are honored annually at a National Medal award ceremony held in Washington, D.C. Questions about the award should be directed to Michele Farrell, senior program officer for libraries) at mfarrell@imls.gov.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Learn more about IMLS.

Jazzy Wright is the Press Officer of the American Library Association's Washington Office. Email her at jwright@alawash.org.

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