April 23, 2018

IMLS, CPB to Fund Library-Museum-Broadcaster Collaborations

By LJ Staff

The federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private non-profit corporation that allocates the federal investment in public broadcasting, have announced a new plan to spark collaboration among local libraries, public broadcasters, and museums. Partnership for a Nation of Learners will offer $3 million in competitive grants to support existing collaborations and to create new ones, encourage professional development, and evaluate projects. Grant application guidelines will be available on October 31.

Since 1999, IMLS and CPB have held discussions with hundreds of library, museum, and public broadcasting leaders about potential collaborations. In November, 2003, a two-day summit reaffirmed the value of such collaborations, and participants indicated that the two agencies should build on that momentum. One example of such collaborations is a six-part television series on the history of Maine, co-produced by Maine PBS and the Maine State Museum, which has received two IMLS grants. ‘Changing technology and a proliferation of information resources have helped to stimulate a keen appetite for the type of trusted, authentic, and high quality learning experiences offered by libraries, museums and public broadcasting," said IMLS Director Robert Martin.