[Libs-Or] Call for Applications: Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums

Ann Reed ann.reed at state.or.us
Tue Apr 17 12:12:25 PDT 2012

Call for Applications: Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums
April 17, 2012


IMLS Press Contacts
Kevin O'Connell, koconnell at imls.gov<mailto:koconnell at imls.gov>
Mamie Bittner, mbittner at imls.gov<mailto:mbittner at imls.gov>

Washington, DC-The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications in the Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums<http://www.imls.gov/about/learning_labs.aspx> grant program, with a deadline of June 15, 2012.

The following members of the ULC, ASTC, and IMLS staff are available by phone and e-mail to discuss general issues relating to these grants:

Amy Eshleman
Program Leader for Education
Urban Libraries Council (ULC)
aeschleman at urbanlibraries.org<mailto:aeschleman at urbanlibraries.org>

Margaret Glass
Program Manager, Professional Development
Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC)
202-783-7200 x129
mglass at astc.org<mailto:mglass at astc.org>

Allison Boals
Program Specialist
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
aboals at imls.gov<mailto:aboals at imls.gov>

Web Conferencing with Program Staff
We also invite you to participate in one of two pre-application Web conferences to learn more about the program, ask questions, and listen to the questions and comments of other participants. The Web conference schedule for the FY13 Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums program is as follows:

Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at 12 noon PT/3 pm ET-1 pm PT/4 pm ET
Thursday, May 23, 2012, at 11 am PT/2 pm ET-12 noon PT/3 pm ET

The ULC/ASTC team will also offer "office hours" to pose final questions closer to the application deadline. The "office hour" schedule for the FY13 Grants for Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums program is as follows:

Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at 11 am PT/2 pm ET-12 noon PT/3 pm ET
Monday, June 11, 2012 at 11 am PT/2 pm ET-12 noon PT/3 pm ET

Click here for more information about this funding opportunity<http://www.imls.gov/applicants/detail.aspx?GrantId=20>, including program guidelines, contacts, and Webinar access information.

Use the IMLS grants search tool<http://www.imls.gov/recipients/search.aspx> to view our archive of grants awarded by the Institute. Search grants by grant name, institution, or project type.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Through grant making, policy development, and research, we help communities and individuals thrive through broad public access to knowledge, cultural heritage, and lifelong learning. To learn more about IMLS, please visit www.imls.gov<http://www.imls.gov/>.

About the MacArthur Foundation's Digital Media and Learning Initiative
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's digital media and learning initiative aims to determine how digital media are changing the way young people learn, play, socialize, and participate in civic life. The goal is to build a base of evidence about how young people learn today, in an effort to re-imagine learning in the 21st century. More information is available at www.macfound.org/tags/education<http://www.macfound.org/tags/education/>.

About the Urban Libraries Council
Urban Libraries Council (ULC) is a membership organization made up of North America's premier public library systems and the corporations supporting them. While ULC's members primarily represent urban and suburban settings, the work done by ULC is widely used by all libraries including those in rural settings. ULC strategically addresses issues important to all communities including education, workforce and economic development, public safety, environmental sustainability, health, and wellness. ULC's members are thought leaders dedicated to the continuous evolution and strengthening of libraries to meet changing community needs. As ULC celebrates its forty-year anniversary, its work focuses on helping library leaders develop and utilize skills and strategies that match the challenges of the 21st century. Learn more at www.urbanlibraries.org<http://www.urbanlibraries.org/>.

About the Association of Science-Technology Centers The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) is an organization of science centers and museums dedicated to furthering public engagement with science among increasingly diverse audiences. ASTC encourages excellence and innovation in informal science learning by serving and linking its members worldwide and advancing their common goals. Through strategic alliances and global partnerships, ASTC also supports science centers and museums in proactively addressing critical societal issues, locally and globally, where understanding of and engagement with science are essential. Founded in 1973, ASTC now numbers nearly 600 members in 44 countries. Members include not only science centers and museums, but also nature centers, aquariums, planetariums, zoos, botanical gardens, and natural history and children's museums, as well as companies, consultants, and other organizations that share an interest in informal science education. Visit www.astc.org<http://www.astc.org/> to learn more about ASTC and to find a science center near you.

Ann Reed, Federal Programs Coordinator
Oregon State Library
Library Development Services
250 Winter St.
Salem, OR 97301
ann.reed at state.or.us
phone 503-378-5027
fax 503-378-6439

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