Last Call for Ideas for IMLS – Deadline August 12

I am forwarding the message below from Susan Hildreth, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), asking for your participation in the IMLS IdeaScale process. I have heard from some of you and thank you for your participation. If you have not yet logged in, this is your chance to help IMLS develop their new strategic plan. Deadline for participation is August 12.

Access IdeaScale at:

Please consider voting for one or more of DOL’s prioirties:

# 1 Priority: State-Based LSTA Program: Address Unique Needs in Each State

  • Other areas of interest for DOL
    • Promoting Lifelong Learning Through Information Literacy
    • Help All Libraries Make the Transition to Downloadable E-Content
    • Libraries: Essential to Having Every Child Become a Good Reader
    • Promote Training and Communication to Create Collaborative Culture
    • IMLS should ensure full participation for all including the underserved and people with disabilities
    • Early Child Literacy


Original Message:

Dear Colleague,

We are pleased to report that nearly 900 of you have participated in the IMLS Strategic Plan IdeaScale at and provided ideas, comments, and votes that will help to shape the plan.

At IMLS, we are checking the site frequently, and your ideas have sparked rich conversations about the direction of our strategic plan. Perhaps what is most interesting is the emergence of a set of strategies that help answer that all-important question: “What is the appropriate federal role in support of libraries and museums?”

We hope that you will take this opportunity to continue to share your best thinking about the future of IMLS.

You will be able to use the site until August 12. After that the site will be accessible but no additional comments will be accepted. We will keep the site accessible until October 7 and after that the content will be posted on our website.

At the end of the month IMLS will provide a new opportunity for national dialogue about what works in libraries and museums with the launch of the UpNext Blog. We hope that the community that has begun conversation on IdeaScale will continue to participate in the blog.

Many thanks,

Susan Hildreth, Director
Institute of Museum and Library Services