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This is a copy of a newsletter I receive from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federally-funded agency.  It promotes innovation and collaboration among schools, museums, and libraries.  In these days of shrinking grant money, this organization is one to consider for any special projects you have in mind.  This newsletter announces grants and application deadlines.

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  Primary Source is the Institute of Museum and Library Services free e-mail newsletter. It alerts readers to grant availability and provides tools to help applicants, showcases best practices, and highlights IMLS conferences, research, and publications. Past issues of the newsletter and subscription information are available at: http://www.imls.gov/utility/subscribe.htm

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November/December 2004
Volume 6, Number 10
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In This Issue:
1. Director's Message
2. A Closer Look
3. Sixth Annual Web-Wise Conference
4. Guidelines for the National Leadership Grant Program Now Available
5. Guidelines for Partnership for a Nation of Learners Now Available
6. Nominate an Outstanding Museum or Library for National Service Award
7. IMLS and PEN Host Breakfast to Discuss Student and Teacher Needs
8. LSTA Conference
9. Save America s Treasures Applications Now Available
10. Note New Grant Applications Deadline
11. Upcoming Deadlines
12. Important Notice: U.S. Mail Delay
13. How to Subscribe/Unsubscribe

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1. Director's Message
I am pleased to announce that on November 20, the Senate unanimously confirmed seven new members to the National Museum and Library Services Board. This is an historic moment in the life of the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). In September 2003, President Bush signed into law the Museum and Library Services Act. One of the changes the act required was to streamline agency administration by creating one advisory board with representatives from both the museum and library communities, including the chairman of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Sciences (NCLIS), who serves as an ex-officio, nonvoting member. Until that time, museum advice was provided by the National Museum Services Board and library advice by NCLIS.

The new members represent the library community; when they are sworn in at our next board meeting in February they will join their museum counterparts, and for the first time the board will be constituted as the act envisions. This arrangement will have benefits beyond resolving logistical and organizational challenges. This board will have new capacity to encourage synergies and as well as to enrich discussions with unique knowledge and expertise about issues that challenge libraries, museums, and the public. I believe that this board will ultimately be able to enrich opportunities for all lifelong learners. Read more.

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2. A Closer Look 
What does it take to become a writer? In the fall of 2001, 12 people embarked on a journey of discovery to find out. They included a wildlife biologist and a waitress, a drywall contractor and a stay-at-home mother. They were the interns of the Cable Natural History Museum s New Voices for Nature program. Funded in part by an IMLS National Leadership Grant for museum-library collaboration, New Voices helped these aspiring writers find a voice for their ideas about the natural world. Read about the project in this month s Highlight.

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3. Sixth Annual Web-Wise Conference
The 2005 Web-Wise Conference on Libraries and Museums in the Digital World will be held in Washington, DC, February 17 18, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Capitol Hill. The theme is Teaching and Learning with Digital Resources. Sessions will include presentations by educators, library and museum professionals, and information scientists on using digital library and museum resources both in the classroom and in independent learning environments. Two half-day preconferences requiring separate registration one on Business Planning for Sustaining Digital Cultural Heritage Resources and one on Planning and Implementing User Studies will be offered on February 16. On February 17, David Rumsey, president of Cartography Associates and director of Luna Imaging, will give the keynote address on new technologies and new users. Exemplary digital projects supporting educators, students, and lifelong learners will be featured in plenary sessions and breakout demonstrations.

To register for the main conference or the preconferences, and for hotel accommodations, please go to the conference Web site. Additional details on the conference agenda will be added as they become available.

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4. Guidelines for the Revised National Leadership Grant Program Now Available
The guidelines for the updated National Leadership Grants for Libraries and for Museums are now available on the IMLS Web site as a PDF file. To request paper copies of the guidelines, call 202-606-8539 (museums) or 202-606-5226 (libraries).

The program features three new categories under which both museum and library applicants may apply: "advancing learning communities," "building digital resources," and "research and demonstration.". Each of the three categories also encourages museums and libraries to partner with each other or with other community learning organizations. The deadline for all National Leadership Grant categories is February 1, 2005.

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5. Guidelines for Partnership for a Nation of Learners Now Available
IMLS, in conjunction with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, has released guidelines for the Partnership for a Nation of Learners Community Collaboration Grants. The program offers grants ranging from $25,000 to $250,000 to support new and existing lifelong learning collaborations among museums, libraries, and public broadcasters. These collaborations will result in a range of projects that enhance learning in communities across the country. Grant applications are due on March 1, 2005, and awards will be made in September 2005.

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6. Nominate an Outstanding Museum or Library for National Service Award
IMLS announces the 2005 competition for the National Awards for Museum and Library Service, the nation's highest honors for extraordinary public service provided by museums and libraries.

These awards recognize museums and libraries that demonstrate a core commitment to public service through innovative programs and active partnerships that address the changing needs of the communities they serve. This national recognition honors institutions that have created real value in their communities and have become indispensable partners in community investment. The IMLS Web site has more information about the awards, including qualifications, criteria, details on how to apply, and online application forms. Follow these links: National Award for Museum Service, or National Award for Library Service.  

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7. IMLS and PEN Host Breakfast to Discuss Student and Teacher Needs
At the Public Education Network's (PEN's) annual meeting on November 14, IMLS and PEN co-hosted a preconference breakfast for museum, library, and public education leaders to discuss ways of working together more effectively to address the needs of students and teachers. PEN is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving public education. Its members are primarily community-based Local Education Funds.

The breakfast built on discussions at the IMLS-sponsored August workshop, Charting the Landscape/Mapping New Paths: Museums, Libraries, K-12. At both the workshop and the breakfast, participants explored a variety of collaborative approaches and discussed strategies to expand these activities and affect education policy at the local, state, and national levels.

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8. LSTA Conference
The 2004 IMLS State Programs Annual Conference was held in Washington, DC, November 8 10. The theme of the conference, entitled Learning States, was sharing information of use to staff members of State Library Administrative Agencies from all states and U.S. territories. The conference began with a full day of orientation with two tracks: one for new Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) coordinators and heads of library development and the other for new chiefs of State Library Administrative Agencies. The next two days offered practical hands-on information sessions and thought-provoking speakers, including Robert S. Martin, director of IMLS; John Falk, director of the Institute for Learning Innovation; and Eric Schwarz, president and co-founder of Citizen Schools. Sessions included Borrowing From the Best, a look at four exemplary programs funded by IMLS discretionary grants and state program funding; Impact Showing Our Public Value; Finding Your Way Administering LSTA; and Managing Sub-grants. Throughout the conference there were opportunities for sharing ideas and getting to know colleagues from other states. IMLS invites representatives from the states to help plan the sessions and activities for each annual conference, integrating the crucial state perspective into conference development.

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9. Save America's Treasures Applications Now Available
The National Park Service, in partnership with the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is seeking applicants for its Save America's Treasures 2005 grant program. Save America's Treasures makes critical investments in the preservation of our nation's most significant cultural treasures.

Complete guidelines, applications, and information, as well as a database of previous Save America s Treasures awardees, can be found on the National Park Service Web site. For more information, please see the IMLS press release.

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10. Note New Grant Application Deadlines
Several of the application deadlines for IMLS grant programs in fiscal year 2005 will change. Changing deadlines enables IMLS to serve grant applicants better. IMLS hopes that this advance notice of the new deadlines will help applicants plan. For details, please see the IMLS press release.

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11. Upcoming Deadlines
All deadlines for FY 2005 IMLS grant and award program applications can be viewed on the IMLS Web site. Electronic guidelines for all IMLS grant programs can be found here. If you have any questions concerning the grant programs or guidelines, please e-mail IMLS at [log in to unmask].

December 1 - Conservation Assessment Program.
December 1 - Museum Assessment Programm.
December 15 - Librarians for the 21st Century.

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12. Important Notice: U.S. Mail Delay
IMLS continues to experience lengthy delays in mail delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. Please read important information concerning mail delivery to IMLS.

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13. How to Subscribe/Unsubscribe
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Brief articles alert readers to new information about grants, monthly highlights of best practices, and important agency news with hotlinks to more detailed information on the Web site. Past and current issues of the newsletter and subscription information are available at http://www.imls.gov/whatsnew/new_imls.htm#ps.

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