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45.312 Institute of Museum and Library Services_National Leadership Grants
INSTITUTE OF MUSEUM AND LIBRARY SERVICES, NATIONAL FOUNDATION ON THE ARTS AND THE HUMANITIES
Museum and Library Services Act of 1996, Public Law 104-208.
To enhance the quality of library and museum services nationwide and to provide coordination between libraries and museums.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Activities for libraries include: (1) Education and Training of persons in library and information science, particularly in areas of new technology and other critical needs, including graduate fellowships, traineeships, institutes, or other programs; (2) Research and Demonstration projects related to the enhancement of library services through effective and efficient use of new technologies, enhancement of ability of library users to make effective use of information, evaluation of library services, and dissemination of information derived from such projects; (3) Preservation or Digitization of library materials and resources, giving priority to projects emphasizing preserving and archiving digital media; development of standards, techniques, or models related to the digitization and management of digital collections; and preserving and enhancing access to unique library resources useful to the broader community. Activities for museums include: 1) Museums Online: addressing the technological needs of museums. Supports model projects that address the challenges and potential applications of new technologies and/or that demonstrate the educational impact of connecting museums and their communities through technology. 2) Museums in the Community supports museum-community partnerships that enhance the quality of community life. Projects develop long-term relationships between museums and community organizations. 3) Professional Practices supports projects that improve professional practices in the field. This includes projects that use research to improve museum operations; projects that collect, assess, or develop information and research that will serve the field; and projects that provide direct training or develop new materials. Activities for museum and library partnerships include: 1) Library and Museum Collaborations which support innovative projects that develop, document, and disseminate model programs of cooperation between libraries and museums, with emphasis on how technology is used, education is enhanced, and the community is served.
Applicant Eligibility: For Library activities: Eligible libraries include: nonfederal, public, school, academic, archives, and private (nonprofit). Special libraries, research libraries, library agencies, library associations, library consortia, and institutions of higher education may also apply. Libraries may apply individually or in partnerships. Institutions of higher education may apply individually or in a partnership. Museums may apply only in a partnership that includes at least one eligible library. Partnerships may include other public, nonprofit and for-profit organizations. For Museum activities: Museums and museum service organizations may apply and are encouraged to partner with other related organizations. Museums of all disciplines are eligible, including art, children and youth, history, natural history, anthropology, nature centers, science-technology centers, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, historic houses and sites, planetariums, general, specialized, museum agencies, and museum consortia. Federal and for-profit museums are not eligible.
Pre-application Coordination: The standard application forms as furnished by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and required by OMB Circular No. A-102 must be used for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Formula and Matching Requirements: Awards over $250,000 must be matched one-to-one. This requirement is waived for research projects only. Awards up to $249,999 are encouraged to match up to one-third of the project costs.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: The Institute of Museum and Library Services requires interim and final financial and narrative reports.
Account Identification: 59-0301-0-1-503; 59-0300-0-1-503.
For fiscal year 2001, the National Leadership Program funded 36 library projects, 18 museum projects, and 14 museum/library collaboration projects.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
Contact the website for the latest program data at www.imls.gov.
Regional or Local Office:
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
The National Leadership Grant Program helps libraries address pressing needs in education, research, preservation, and for libraries and museums to work together to address community needs. National Leadership Grants help museums address technology, community partnerships and sharing best practices.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Proposals will be evaluated by the following criteria: National impact; adaptability; design; management plan; budget; personnel; project evaluation; dissemination; contributions to cost-sharing and matching funds; and sustainability.