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A school library research project funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to study the impact of school library programs and librarians on student achievement in Pennsylvania; edited by Debra E. Kachel
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About IMLS

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is an independent agency of the United States federal government established in 1996. It is the main source of federal support for libraries and museums within the United States, having the mission to "create strong libraries and museums that connect people with information and ideas."[1] IMLS "works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development." Wikipedia

For more about IMLS, go to the IMLS weboage About Us.

Future IMLS Grant Opportunities

To learn more about future grant opportunities in the various categories of funding form IMLS, go to their website,

About IMLS National Leadership Grants

National Leadership Project Grants support projects that advance the ability of museums, archives, and libraries to preserve culture, heritage, and knowledge, contribute to building 21st century technology infrastructure and information technology services, and support the education of the next generation with 21st century knowledge and skills while creating a world-class workforce.


About this IMLS National Leadership Grant Project

Supporting the Infrastructure Needs of 21st Century School Library Programs” is an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant-funded research project designed to provide new research on the impact of Pennsylvania school library programs on student learning—specifically,

  1. what infrastructure, defined as staffing, budgets, collections, technology, access hours, and professional development for librarians, contributes most to student achievement
  2. the costs and benefits associated with them, and
  3. the gap between current Pennsylvania school library programs and what is needed to develop students with 21st century skills.

Additionally, the project will create communication tools, such as sample press releases, letters and editorials, and short podcasts and webinars that are easily understood by laypersons, that can be shared and used to develop partnerships among stakeholder groups beyond the traditional library community.

The project partners are: The Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA) represented by Deb Kachel, HSLC, represented by Exec. Director, Joe Scorza, and The Education Law Center (ELC) of Pennsylvania, represented by Sandy Zelno. The RSL Research Group, Louisville, CO, represented by Dr. Keith Curry Lance, will conduct the research.

Other participating organizations: School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, represented by Dr. Mary Kay Biagini, who will assist with research and focus groups and the PALM (Partnerships Advancing Library Media) Center, Florida State University, represented by Drs. Nancy Everhart and Marcia Mardis, who will conduct an external evaluation of the project.

Project Year: November 2011 - 2012

Amount Funded: $434,231

Although this project is being funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


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