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National Medal Deadline Extended Due to the Shutdown
Think your favorite library provides exceptional service? Now’s your chance to nominate your library for a $5,000 award. Library supporters now have the opportunity nominate their libraries for the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for exemplary service by museums and libraries. The award nomination deadline ends on October 31, 2013 (the original deadline has been extended due to the federal government shutdown).
The National Medal honors libraries and museums that make civic, educational, economic, environmental and social contributions. All types of nonprofit libraries, including public, school, academic, research, and archival, are eligible to receive this honor. Medal winners receive a $5,000 award and are honored at a National Medal award ceremony held in Washington, D.C.
U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approves funding for IMLS and School Libraries
The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee reported (voted out of committee) the Labor, Health and Humans Services, and Education (LHHS) FY 2013 spending bill this afternoon. This bill contains funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) including the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants, as well as federal funding for school libraries.
Susan H. Hildreth, “Libraries Succeed by Constantly Evolving” (via thelifeguardlibrarian)
The ways in which these library visitors use the Internet is illustrative of how vital a public service this has become. The data collected for Opportunity for All show that 42 percent of those using library computers for Internet access used it to advance educational goals; 40 percent had career or employment purposes, with three-quarters of those specifically seeking a job; 37 percent were focused on health and wellness; and 34 percent used the library’s Internet connection to link to government officials, programs, and services. These are not leisurely activities that one may choose to pursue or not pursue; they are central to life and well-being.