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$18 Million Awarded to Advance Innovation and Public Service at Nation’s Museums and Libraries

Several libraries have been announced as recipients of the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ (IMLS) National Leadership Grants.

IMLS’s press release includes the following information:

Washington, DC – The Institute of Museum and Library Services, the primary source of federal funds for the nation’s museums and libraries, announced today the 43 recipients of its prestigious National Leadership Grants for 2007. The projects chosen for funding will receive a total of $18,661,716. Because institutions receiving grants are generally required to provide matching funds, National Leadership Grants are leveraging an additional $24 million in non-federal spending this year.

“Cultural institutions energize their communities by not just preserving culture, heritage, and knowledge, but by supporting life-long learning and engagement,” said Anne-Imelda M. Radice, PhD, Director of the Institute. “National Leadership Grants harness the work of the best of these institutions. By promoting innovation and partnerships, they allow these institutions to create national models that address the challenges of the broader library and museum communities, and help strengthen their impact.”

National Leadership Grants help libraries and museums collaborate, build digital resources, and conduct research and demonstration projects. The selected projects are national models that will help foster individual achievement, community responsibility, and life-long learning. This year, IMLS received 213 applications for National Leadership Grants seeking more than $78 million.

For more information on the 2007 National Leadership Grants recipients, please see the list of awarded institutions.

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Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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