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Have you thought about your cultural assets lately


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Talk about infrastructure!! There are more than 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums in US communities. You’re a social entrepreneur effecting positive community change. Cultural institutions, like museums and libraries, are great partners. Whether the issue is workforce development, early learning, climate change, digital inclusion, immigration, childhood obesity, or the global knowledge economy – there are innovative libraries and museums taking up the cause and making a difference. During this session you will hear about current examples and explore connections between community change and the work of libraries: public, school and academic and museums: art, history, sci-tech, children’s, zoos and botanical gardens.

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Have you thought about your cultural assets lately

  1. 1. Have You Thought About YourCultural Assets Lately? Marsha Semmel, Acting Director, IMLS Craigslist Foundation Boot Camp August 14, 2010
  2. 2. What is IMLS?• IMLS is a U.S. federal government agency.• Our primary purpose is to make grants to the nation’s museums and libraries.• We also engage in research, evaluation, and data collection for the field.• Established in 1996.
  3. 3. Our Mission• The Institute’s mission is to help build the capacity of libraries and museums: To connect people to information and ideas• The Institute is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.
  4. 4. Purpose and Goals• IMLS has three key goals: – Sustain cultural heritage and knowledge; – Enhance learning and spur innovation; and – Support professional training so the staff of libraries and museums can be leaders in their communities.
  5. 5. U.S. Museums and Libraries• 17,500 Museums • 123,000 Libraries – Art -Public – History -Academic – Science -School – Youth -Research – Aquaria -Archives – Planetaria – Arboreta – Zoos – Botanical Gardens
  6. 6. Meeting Individual & Community Needs The Customer Pyramid (Conley, Peak: 2007)
  7. 7. Combating Childhood ObesityChildren’s Museum of Manhattan – Adapts the We Can! Program created by the NIH to enhance early learning – Partnership with Bronx public housing - Collaboration with the Louisiana Children’s Museum and low-income communities in New Orleans
  8. 8. Addressing Needs of ImmigrantsOrange County Public Library (FL) – Citizenship Inspired: a multifaceted learning experience for those seeking U.S. citizenship – One-on-one learning, learning in groups, live online learning, and self-paced online tutorials – Social networking to build collaborative communities
  9. 9. Battling Substance AbuseHaines Borough Public Library – Voices Project partnership with KHNS public radio – Educate rural, native Alaskans about the impacts of drug and alcohol abuse – Storytelling and audio diaries illustrating the impacts of abuse – Dissemination via the radio and Web
  10. 10. Meeting Mental Health NeedsMorikami Museum and Japanese Gardens – Partnership with College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University – Garden walks and guided imagery targeting depression – Online training manual for gardens and museums
  11. 11. Supporting the HomelessYoung at Art of Broward (FL) – ArtREACH: afterschool arts and homework assistance program supporting mothers and their children through play and learning – Collaboration with the school board & two homeless shelters – Free museum memberships
  12. 12. Serving the UnemployedProject Compass – OCLC WebJunction & the State Library of North Carolina – Links libraries nationwide to share strategies for helping unemployed patrons find work – Regional summits for state librarians to share best practices – Promoting statewide workforce development partnerships
  13. 13. Building Cross-cultural UnderstandingInternational Coalition of Sites of Conscience – Build the capacity of 12 immigration history museums to facilitate dialogue around community immigration issues – Professional development for museum staff
  14. 14. Enhancing Environmental LiteracyMonterey Bay Aquarium – Watsonville Area Teens Conserving Habitats (WATCH) program – Partnership with Pajaro Valley High School – Educate students about local conservation issues, connect and engage with their community, and expose them to science and conservation-related careers
  15. 15. Increasing Accessibility & InclusionQueens Museum of Art – Community-based art therapy program for Spanish-speaking families of children with autism spectrum disorder – Partnership with the Queens Library and Quality Services for the Autistic Community
  16. 16. How do We Reach the Top of thePyramid?
  17. 17. IMLS E-communications • • Primary Source: Free monthly e-mail update, sent to over 9,000 subscribers. • Twitter: @US_IMLS • IMLS RSS Feed: • IMLS Podcasts: