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Thursday, 30th September 2010

Additional Details About Two of the IMLS National Leadership Grants We Mentioned Earlier This Week

On Monday we posted about 30 National Leadership Grants (more than $17 million) that had just been awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to libraries, museums, and related organizations in the United States.

Here's a list of those receiving the grants with brief summaries about what the money will be used for.

Today, a couple of announcements from ARL/ITHAKA and ALA/Center for Library Innovation provide additional details.

1. ARL and Ithaka S+R Awarded IMLS Grant to Study Digitized Special Collections

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), in collaboration with Ithaka S+R, has been awarded a grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Grants Program in the amount of $464,286 to study how libraries, archives, and museums are sustaining digitized special collections. The 2-year study builds upon past work examining sustainability of digital resources done by Ithaka S+R.


Project activities under this cooperative agreement will include a survey of digitized special collections and focused interviews with leaders and project staff in selected cultural heritage organizations who manage those collections. The studyís final report of lessons learned, recommendations, and case studies will be freely shared through the partnersí websites, through a webcast, and conference presentations.

2. ALA, Center for Library and Information Innovation Receive Grant to Develop e-Government Web Resource for Libraries

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded a $581,609 grant to the American Library Association (ALA) and the Center for Library and Information Innovation (CLII) of the University of Marylandís iSchool to develop a Web resource to help libraries and governments better assist users with successfully engaging in e-government activities. Project partners also include the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Information Institute at Florida State University.


Developed jointly by ALA and CLII, this Web resource will include service and resource content, tutorials, best practice approaches to government-library collaborations, embedded expert government information digital reference, guidance on the provision of e-government services, the ability to share and exchange practices, and tools to facilitate local customization of e-government service provision and resources in libraries. This Web resource will facilitate the ability of libraries to:

+ Provide essential e-government services to their residents and communities;
+ Work with agencies to develop collaborations to facilitate services to individuals; and
+ Develop a range of collective support tools, templates, and training materials that help libraries of all types engage in e-government services rather than each library working on its own.

Source: IMLS, ARL, ALA

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