Tag Archives: IMLS

ConnectED Library Challenge: Answering the Call

ALA President Sari Feldman discusses the ConnectED initiative with Felton Thomas, Jr, director of Cleveland Public Library (CPL), who also attended the summit. Thomas has been elected the 2016-2017 president of the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of ALA.

Yesterday library executives, mayors, county executives and school superintendents met with White House officials in Washington, D.C. to discuss their participation in the ConnectED Library Challenge designed to get a library card in every student’s hand. The national initiative is gaining momentum with approximately 60 cities and counties currently participating, 50 of which were represented at the convening. The White House ... Read More »

New funding opportunities for libraries

Credit: Rocky Lubbers

FY 2016 National Leadership Grants for Libraries and Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Washington, DC — The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announces the Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) for the second cycle of FY 2016 National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG) and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21). The NLG program will invest in projects ... Read More »

Moving from agenda to action for libraries

Cape May Public Library, Cape May, New Jersey

What a difference a year makes! I had a few moments to reflect on this in preparation for a working session with our nation’s state librarians last week at the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies’ (COSLA) Fall Meeting. We traded Teton Village, WY, bears for Cape May, NJ, yellow-rumped warblers in the landscape, but more importantly we built on ... Read More »

Digital Inclusion Survey documents libraries transforming

Libraries are helping identify health insurance resources for patrons

This week marks the release of one of the most powerful tools ALA and public libraries have to make our case in the digital age—the 2014 Digital Inclusion Survey. Not only does it provide the most current and granular data available on library technology and programming resources, but the Information Policy & Access Center team at the University of Maryland ... Read More »

Wow! The National Student Poets Program

First Lady Michelle Obama with the 2015 National Student Poets.

Last Thursday, Larra Clark and I had the privilege of attending a dinner to honor the National Student Poets. Five students are selected each year to serve as literary ambassadors, each representing a different part of the country. The dinner capped an extraordinary day that began with a poetry reading in the White House for First Lady Michelle Obama, White ... Read More »