New IMLS Strategic Plan 2012-2016
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by Barbie E. Keiser
Posted On January 9, 2012
Every 5 years, federal government agencies create a roadmap for themselves, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is no exception. In December 2011, the agency unveiled its Strategic Plan, 2012-2016: Creating a Nation of Learners that places the nation’s 17,500 museums and 123,000 libraries at the heart of education enhancement opportunities for all Americans.
What Does IMLS Do?
According to its website, the institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums “that connect people to information and ideas.” The agency’s role is to inspire libraries and museums to innovate, partly through the use of technology and partly through the development of leaders within these two related communities, though it is clear from the list of types of institutions eligible for grant programs administered by IMLS that archives is the third community not highlighted in the agency’s title, but clearly included in its work, as evidenced by program grants.
In the immediate term, IMLS accomplishes its mission by supporting innovative delivery of services and preservation of evidence of the nation’s cultural heritage through funds distributed to state library administrative agencies (SLAA) and Library Services Technology Act (LSTA) grants. Additional funding is made available for specific projects conducted by museums and libraries around the nation in a number of categories, as well as the institutions that educate and train future museum/library workers ...
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