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Director's Message

On December 19 we released Exhibiting Public Value: Government Funding for Museums in the United States, the first-ever comprehensive examination of the ways in which government at all levels supports the museum sector. Since I was appointed Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services in 2006, I have been encouraged to see the museum community’s energetic efforts to examine what public funding strategies could most effectively increase the capacity of museums to serve society.
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International Strategic Partnership Initiative

We live in a global society and American libraries and museums have so much to share with, and learn from, people engaged in library and museum work throughout the world. Read more about our international strategic partnership initiative.


Family partipating in Literacy Program of Project ExCELLS
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Soldiers’ Children Throng to Literacy Programs of Project ExCELLS

The nomadic lifestyle of military families can take a toll on children’s education. To boost the school performance of 1,499 elementary school students at Fort Belvoir Military Post in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, three libraries in Fairfax County launched Project ExCELLS (Excellence Coalition for Education, Literacy and Library Services). Working together, the library staff has instituted myriad library and literacy programs for both the students and their parents.
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December 19, 2008--
First Comprehensive US Government Report on Museum Public Finance
Reveals Complex Funding Patchwork

December 19, 2008--
IMLS Publishes FY 2006 Public Libraries Survey Report

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