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Make a nomination for the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

IMLS LogoThe Institute of Museum and Library Services is now accepting nominations for the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service awards. Anyone — an employee, a board member, a member of the public, or an elected official — can nominate an institution. To be considered, the institution must complete and return a nomination form by October 2, 2017.

In 2017, libraries from Iowa, California, South Carolina, Minnesota and Maine were selected to receive this high honor. In 2018, IMLS is particularly interested in libraries with programs that build community cohesion and serve as catalysts for positive community change, including programs that provide services for veterans and military families, at-risk children and families, the un- and under-employed and youth confronting barriers to STEM-related employment.

The ten winning institutions will be honored at a ceremony D.C. and are invited to host a two-day visit from StoryCorps to record community member stories. You can hear some of htese these moving impact stories, dating back to 2009, here.

Institutions interested in being considered should read the nomination form carefully and contact the designated program contacts with questions. The library-specific program contact for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service is Laura McKenzie, who can be reached at (202) 653-4644 or by email at

As we noted with the annoucement of the National Leadership Grants for Libraries and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian programs (deadline September 1!), an increase in nominations for the National Medal would send a signal to our Members of Congress that libraries are vital institutions in communities across the country. So, don’t delay — write your nomination today and celebrate the library workers who make our country a better place to live.

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Emily Wagner

Emily is a deputy director of Advocacy Communications in the ALA's Advocacy and Public Policy Office. She holds a bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College and a master's in library and information science from Catholic University.

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