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Connecting people and resources: digital programs at the institute of museum and library services

Joyce Ray (Associate Deputy Director for Library Services based at the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington, District of Columbia, USA)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 1 September 2004



As a federally‐funded independent granting agency, The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) became involved in digitization in the late 1990s when Congress gave it statutory authority to fund digitization of library and museum collections. Since that time, IMLS has funded more than 100 exemplary digitization projects through its National Leadership Grant program. Collectively, these projects have helped to identify best practices for the creation, management, preservation and use of digital content. Most importantly, they demonstrate the important role that museums and libraries can play in supporting both formal education and lifelong learning. Ultimately, this work will help libraries and museums to fulfill their roles as educational institutions. IMLS grants support the spectrum of learning from independent inquiry through formal education to the development of “learning communities.”



Ray, J. (2004), "Connecting people and resources: digital programs at the institute of museum and library services", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 22 No. 3, pp. 249-253.



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