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Take action to save federal library funding! Yes: You!!

Librarians have always been cool and cutting edge!
Beth Yoke, CAE
Executive Director
Young Adult Library Services Association

The White House budget that was released today calls for eliminating the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS), the only federal agency charged with providing support to the nation’s hundreds of thousands of libraries and museums.  ALA and YALSA need your help to ensure that IMLS is saved, because without libraries teens will not have the resources and support they need to succeed in school and prepare for college, careers, and life.  Here’s what you can do right now:*   Use the sample messages in this document to contact the offices of your members of Congress

*   Share your photo or story via this form of how support from IMLS has enabled you and your library to help the teens in your community.  YALSA will use this information to advocate against the elimination of IMLS
*   Sign up via this web page to receive updates on the #SaveIMLS effort
*   Add your name to this online petition being circulated by EveryLibrary
*   Start planning how you, your teen patrons, and library advocates will participate in National Library Legislative Day on May 2.  Use the resources on YALSA’s wiki.

*   Encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to do the above as well

Don’t know much about IMLS?  Here’s a quick overview: through IMLS, every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. territories receive funding to support their state’s libraries and museums.  In FY14 the total funding IMLS distributed to states and territories was $154,800,000.  In addition, IMLS offers competitive grant opportunities that individual libraries and museums can apply for.  In FY14 they awarded 594 grants (from 1,299 applications) totaling more than $54,700,000.  Visit the IMLS site to see how much funding your state receives from them.

Want to take further action to support teens and libraries?  We salute you!  Check out the free online resources we have to make speaking up for teens and libraries easy.


Beth Yoke, CAE
Executive Director
Young Adult Library Services Association
50 E. Huron St. Chicago, IL 60611
1.800.545.2433 x4391
fax: 312.280.5276

Grant Opportunity Encourages Community Development Approaches for Libraries, Archives and Museums

CMLE members: if you are interested in pursuing a grant (this one or others) and would like to talk with us about it, or would like to have us help you to make connections with other libraries across our system who might join you in a grant project – we are here for you!! We can help you develop grants, write the proposal, administer programs, and to complete the post-grant paperwork.


Grant Opportunity Encourages Community Development Approaches for Libraries, Archives and Museums

Deadline for applications is April 3

Washington, DC – The Institute of Museum and Library Services announces a new grant opportunity as part of its Community Catalyst initiative. With Activating Community Opportunities Using Museums/Libraries as Assets – A National Leadership Grants Special Initiative, IMLS invites proposals to test and develop museum and library collaborative approaches for bringing about positive community change. Continue reading Grant Opportunity Encourages Community Development Approaches for Libraries, Archives and Museums

Grants and Free Book Opportunity

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The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is now accepting applications for this popular program, a way to infuse free books into your collection. You may remember our blog post from last year, highlighting the 2014 Bookapalooza award to Talahi Community School in St. Cloud! The award is a collection of books for kids from birth through 14 and includes newly published books, videos, audio books and recording from children’s trade publishers. Last year, this amounted to over 1,350 books valued at $24,000. Applicants must be personal members of ALSC, as well as American Library Association (ALA) members. Deadline for submissions is Feb. 1, 2015. Read the press release which contains needed links.

Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications for Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries. These grants are  small ($10,000 to $25,000) and  encourage libraries and archives to prototype and evaluate innovations that result in new tools, products, services, or organizational practices. They enable grantees to undertake activities that involve risk and require them to share project results–whether they succeed or fail–to provide valuable information to the library field and help improve the ways libraries serve their communities. Of special interest is that there are no matching requirements. Projects must begin on October 1, November 1, or December 1, 2015. The application deadline is February 2, 2015. For more details, start with the press release!

Adobe Software Grants

Educators at Title 1 schools are encouraged to apply for software and teacher development grants from Adobe. The program is designed to increase access to Adobe creative tools through the White House’s ConnectED initiative. In addition to software, educators also receive access to on-demand professional development, including webinars, workshops and collaborative courses to learn more about utilizing Adobe creative programs in the classroom. Prize: Schools receive access to a variety of Adobe tools, including Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe Premiere Elements. Educators also receive access to online PD courses. Deadline: Rolling. For more information.

Summer Reading Grants

Applications for the 2015 round of summer reading grants are due January 1, 2015. There are two types of grants, the Summer Reading Resources and the Summer Reading Teen Intern grant. Twenty of each grant are available for $1000 each.

To determine if you are eligible, you must answer yes to the following questions:

Learn more at the Summer Reading and Learning Site!

Did you know that CMLE has a grants page?

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23rd Public Library Report is Out!

Check out this new blog post from UpNext: The IMLS Blog about New Report Shows Trends in U.S. Library Service! According to the report, circulation, public programs and digital services are on the rise. Now in its 23rd year, the Public Library Report provides the most comprehensive data from the nation’s 17,078 public library outlets.  It covers collection sizes, operating revenue and expenditures, and staffing, as well as performance indicators, such as public Internet computers, circulation, reference transactions and library visits. For the first time this year the report goes beyond the national level analysis to look at trends at the local, regional, and state levels.

Read the full post about the report  at http://blog.imls.gov/?p=2645

Go directly to the full report and state by state data at http://tinyurl.com/ac39ajc

National Medal Video: Hill Museum & Manuscript Library

More news from the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library in Collegeville, MN! As we reported in our December edition of the CMLE Exchanger Newsletter, the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library was selected as one of ten winners of the 2011 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. A recently released video available on the Institute of Museum and Library Services Blog highlights the work being done by the Director of the Library, Father Columba Stewart, and Dr. Getachew Haile, Cataloguer of Oriental Manuscripts and Curator of the Ethiopian Study Center, as they discuss the preservation of Ethiopian manuscripts.