Author Archives: Emily Sheketoff

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 »

Education Businesses, Associations Demand Increase in School Library Funding

Scholastic joined a coalition of education businesses calling for school library provisions.

A coalition of more than 20 education businesses, associations and media groups―including Scholastic Inc., EBSCO Information Services and the Association of American Publishers―called (pdf) on the U.S. Congress to support dedicated school library funding in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which provides federal funding for national K-12 education programs. The coalition specifically asks Congress to ... Read More »

Library leaders: Comment on the IRS Tax Form Program

Photo by John Morgan via Flickr

Last week, the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office hosted a conference call with several Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials to issues surrounding the distribution of the 2014 fiscal year tax forms and instruction publications to libraries. Nearly 100 library leaders participated in the call. Patricia Evans, director of IRS distribution, began by apologizing for the poor communications about the ... Read More »