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July 15, 2011

IMLS Press Contact
Natasha Marstiller, [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> 
Mamie Bittner, [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> 

Submit Your Ideas on IMLS's Strategic Plan

Washington, DC-The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) wants
your ideas on how it can carry out its statutory responsibility "to
support museum, library, and information services to meet the
information, education, research, economic, cultural, and civic needs of
the people of the United States." 

We are currently working on a five year strategic plan. The plan is
required by the Government Performance and Results Act and the
Administration has asked agencies to focus on three performance
improvement strategies:

*	Using performance information to lead, learn, and improve
*	Communicating performance coherently and concisely for better
results and transparency; and 
*	Strengthening problem-solving networks, inside and outside
government, to improve outcomes and performance management practices.

Your input is needed to help us examine all our grant programs,
research, and leadership initiatives to assure that we continue to meet
the evolving needs of the American public.

Through discussions with the National Museum and Library Services Board,
IMLS stakeholders, and the public, we have developed five strategic
questions to help envision future services. Using a social media tool
called IdeaScale <> , we are inviting the
public to suggest answers to these questions, read the comments others
have provided and vote on the ideas that have the greatest merit. The
comment period will continue until Friday, August 12. <>  

Please share this message with your networks so that together we will
shape the future of IMLS. 

Five Strategic Questions

How can IMLS leverage its resources, position, reputation and
relationships to...

*	Promote effective public access to physical and digital content?

*	Promote policy that sustains information access for the American
*	Support lifelong learning for a competitive workforce and
engaged public? 
*	Promote museums and libraries as community anchor institutions? 
*	Achieve excellence in public management? 

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services 
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of
federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.
The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that
connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the
national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to
sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and
innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about
the Institute, please visit <> .