Author Archives: Emily Sheketoff

ALA and COSLA submit WIOA comments

Computer lab

The American Library Association (ALA) filed comments with the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) to the Departments of Labor and Education on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The comments are now available for review (pdf). America’s libraries are well positioned to play an essential role in this country’s efforts to assist the workforce. ... Read More »

IMLS announces next immigration webinar in series

The top of the US flag visible under the USCIS letterhead

  On July 2, 2015, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will host a free webinar for public librarians on the topic of immigration and U.S. citizenship. Join in to learn more about what resources are available to assist libraries that provide immigrant and adult education services. The webinar, Overview of ... Read More »

IMLS announces new immigration webinar for public libraries

Institute of Museum and Library Services logo

[UPDATE: IMLS HAS POSTPONED THIS WEBINAR, AND WILL ANNOUNCE A NEW DATE AND TIME IN THE COMING WEEKS] Next week, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will host a free webinar for public librarians on the topic of immigration and U.S. citizenship. Join in to learn more about what resources are ... Read More »

IMLS awards libraries National Medals

Cecil County Public Library Director Denise Davis
Community Member: Mr. Thomas Cousar 
Mrs. Obama

Earlier this week, First Lady Michelle Obama joined the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Acting Director Maura Marx to present the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service to ten exemplary libraries and museums National Medals for their service to their communities. Now in its 21st year, the National Medal is the nation’s highest honor conferred on ... Read More »

Supporting a seamless learning environment

A student at the ‘Iolani School in Hawaii

This week, the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) released new data (pdf) showing that the most powerful demographic predictor of library card ownership is poverty—more than 60 percent of children living below the poverty level did not have a public library card. Impoverished children often fall behind in school as they face challenges obtaining reading materials, accessing high-speed ... Read More »