[Library Media] National Medal

Donna Morris dmorris at utah.gov
Thu Jul 17 11:35:21 MDT 2014

July 17, 2014

IMLS Press Contact
Giuliana Bullard, gbullard at imls.gov

Call for Nominations: 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

Washington, DC—For more than 20 years, the Institute of Museum and
Library Services has recognized museums and libraries that make
extraordinary contributions to their communities. The National Medal
for Museum and Library Service is the nation’s highest honor for
exemplary service by these institutions. IMLS is now accepting
nominations for the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library
Service. Nomination forms are due October 15, 2014.

All types of nonprofit libraries and library organizations, including
academic, research, archives, school, special, library associations,
and library consortia, are eligible to receive this honor. Public or
private nonprofit museums of any discipline (including art, history,
science and technology, children’s, and natural history), as well as
historic houses, nature centers, zoos, and botanical gardens, are

Winners are honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., host a two-day
visit from StoryCorps to record community member stories, and receive
positive press attention through a media campaign. Approximately
thirty finalists are selected as part of the process and are featured
by IMLS as part of a six-week social media and press campaign.

Winning the medal elevates an institution’s profile and can positively
impact fundraising, programming, and outreach activities, as noted by
these past recipients:

Since receiving the National Medal in 2009, Braille Institute’s
Library Services has been able to raise its profile in the community
via our website, Summer Reading, and annual Open House programs. The
National Medal allowed us to invite notable guests--including well
known actresses, authors, and narrators--to participate in our annual
Library Open House programs.

—Dr. Henry C. Chang, Braille Institute Library Services, Los Angeles, CA

The recognition we received along with the National Medal gave us that
credibility as a nationally recognized museum, and catapulted us into
a category alongside so many other respected cultural venues. The
recognition for us on a national level trickled down to the regional
and local levels, and the community has really caught notice.

—Carolyn Eller, Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA, a 2011 winner

The Flint Public Library was deeply honored to receive the National
Medal for Museum and Library Service in 2004. Our achievement opened
the door to have conversations with community members and also with
major funders regarding the significance of the award and, more
importantly, the importance of the community-based programming that
led to the award in the first place.

—Kay Schwartz, Flint Public Library, Flint, MI

Anyone may nominate a museum or library for this honor, and
institutions may self-nominate. For the nomination form and more
information click here or reach out to one of the following contacts.

Program Contact for Museums:
Katherine Maas, Museum Program Specialist
202-653-4798, kmaas at imls.gov

Program Contact for Libraries:
Katie Murray, Staff Assistant
202-653-4644, kmurray at imls.gov

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 35,000 museums.
Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation,
lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant
making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums
deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and
individuals to thrive. To learn more, visitwww.imls.gov and follow us
on Facebook and Twitter.

Donna Jones Morris, State Librarian
Director, Utah State Library Division/Department of Heritage and Arts
250 N. 1950 W., Suite A
Salt Lake City, UT 84116-7901
801.715.6770 phone 801.715.6767 fax
dmorris at utah.gov

State agency hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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