The following is a text-only press release from the federal Institute of
Museum and Library Services (IMLS). An HTML version of this release,
with many links, can be viewed on the agency's Web site at

July 30, 2010

IMLS Press Contacts
Jeannine Mjoseth, [log in to unmask] 
Mamie Bittner, [log in to unmask]

IMLS Awards National Leadership Planning Grants to 13 Institutions,
$763,715 Distributed

Washington, DC-The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the
primary source of federal support for the nation's museums and
libraries, announces that 13 institutions are receiving National
Leadership Collaborative Planning Grants (NLG) totaling $763,715.
Grantees will contribute $491,995 in matching funds. There were 62
applications to the program with requests totaling $3,752,309. 

The NLG program includes two types of collaborative planning grants,
which enable multi-institution project teams to work together to either
plan a single project or to produce a white paper that will encourage
multiple projects; and project grants, including both research and
implementation grants, for which that preliminary work has already been
done. National Leadership Grant research and implementation awards will
be announced in September.

"National Leadership Collaborative Planning Grants provide opportunities
to conduct research and develop the framework to support future projects
that have the potential to generate new tools, research, models,
services, practices, or alliances that will positively impact museums,
libraries, and the communities they serve," said IMLS Acting Director
Marsha L. Semmel. "These projects encourage partnerships that address
national issues of importance impacting education, scholarship, and
public service and encourage the broad application of standards and
models to improve professional practice."
Today's awards were made in two levels: 

* Level I Collaborative Planning Grants support activities required to
fully develop ideas for a National Leadership Grant project among
project partners and result in such products as plans, prototypes, or
proofs of concept, which could lead to a single, subsequent National
Leadership Grant proposal. 
* Level II Collaborative Planning Grants support workshops, symposia, or
other convenings of experts with the purpose of fostering discussion and
consideration of nationally important issues to libraries, archives,
and/or museums. Meetings and their associated white papers should
catalyze new directions for partnerships and provide information and
inspiration for multiple National Leadership Grant proposals.

These projects include:

Heart of Brooklyn Cultural Institutions - Brooklyn, NY 
National Leadership Grants for Library-Museum Collaboration

Heart of Brooklyn will partner with the Institute for Learning
Innovation and the Center for the Study of Brooklyn to examine factors
that encourage or inhibit meaningful collaborations among cultural
institutions. This work will include invited expert consultants
representing libraries, archives, and museum from various communities
across the nation. The planning activity will produce a report with
realistic recommendations for successful collaborations. This report
will be disseminated widely throughout the national, cultural, and
non-profit sectors.

University of Massachusetts Medical School - Worcester, MA
National Leadership Grants for Libraries 

The libraries of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and
Worcester Polytechnic Institute will collaboratively develop and test an
instructional framework and delivery system for openly accessible,
online instructional modules on preserving, managing, and sharing
digital data. The online courses will be delivered to students in
science courses at both institutions, ranging from first-year science
and engineering students, to graduate-level medical, nursing, and
biomedical students. The primary goal of the project is to teach these
essential skills early in the training of both science and medical

American Public Garden Association - Kennett Square, PA
National Leadership Grants for Museums

The American Public Gardens Association (APGA) will evaluate the role of
public gardens as forces of change in communities striving to be more
sustainable. It will create a process model that demonstrates how to
best implement and maintain community outreach programs. Using case
study methodology, APGA will conduct visits of gardens engaging in
sustainable community development to document the contributions they are
making in their communities, the ways that they partner with community
organizations, and the barriers that arise. Products will be presented
in a Community Greening Guide and scholarly publications.

Click here <>  to learn
more about the 2010 NLG awardees.

The next deadline for the National Leadership Grants program is February
1, 2011. Please click here
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