On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, the Institute for Museum and Library Services held the first of three interactive events to highlight "the importance of libraries to benefit all Americans" and explore "three areas of funding that align with the agency's three main goals."
The first IMLSFocus event took aim at issues related to a national digital platform. Through a day of focused panels and engaged discussion, the in-person audience of around 50 professionals (and over 500 following online at one point in the day), the group provided funding priority recommendations for IMLS's National Leadership Grants program. Suggestions included nurturing successful grant projects/programs for more widespread adoption, renewed/reinforced attention to experimentation and creativity, addressing skills deficits in the field, and aligning institutional or regional projects with nationwide initiatives, to name a few.
Recordings and select tweets from the day's proceedings are included below for your review.
Thanks again to IMLS for convening these meetings. The next occurs on May 15 in San Francisco and will be focused on learning spaces in libraries.