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Contact:  Chanda Temple, Director of Public Relations
Birmingham Public Library                   
Phone: (205) 444-9279 (cell)
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National Museum and Library Services Board to Meet in Birmingham on November 15

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA – (November 7, 2013)

What: The 28th meeting of the National Museum and Library Services Board (NMLSB), 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and  12:45 to 1:45 p.m.
When: Friday, November 15, 2013
Where: The Richard Arrington Auditorium of the Birmingham Public Library, 2100 Park Place
Why meet in Birmingham?: In honor of the 50th commemoration of the civil rights movement, organizers thought that Birmingham would be the perfect venue for the fall meeting. Also, one of the board members is Dr. Lawrence Pijeaux, President and CEO of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. During the meeting, members will review agency programs and services as well as library and museum trends, such as the emerging “makerspaces’’ movement.
What is NMLSB?: The 23-member board is an advisory body for the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Through grants, research, and policy development, IMLS supports all types of museums, from art to zoos, and all types of libraries, public, academic, research, and tribal. The state of Alabama received more than $2 million from IMLS in 2013 to support library services, and Alabama museums received more than $180,000 in competitive grants.

Dr. Pijeaux will welcome board members along with Rebecca Mitchell, Director of the Alabama Library Service; and Renee Blalock, Director of the Birmingham Public Library.

For more information, contact Giuliana Bullard at 202-653-4799.

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National Museum and Library Services Board to Meet on November 15 in BirminghamOctober 30, 2013
 
IMLS Press Contact
202-653-4799
Giuliana Bullard gbullard@imls.gov

Washington, DC—The 28th meeting of the National Museum and Library Services Board (NMLSB) will take place from 9:00 a.m. – noon on Friday, November 15, 2012, in the Richard Arrington Auditorium of the Birmingham Public Library in Birmingham, Alabama. The meeting is open to the public.  The Board provides policy advice for the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  Through grants, research, and policy development, IMLS supports all types of museums, from art to zoo, and all types of libraries, public, academic, research, and tribal.  The state of Alabama received more than $2 million from the IMLS in 2013 to support library services, and Alabama museums received more than $180,000 in competitive grants.

Dr. Lawrence Pijeaux, President and CEO of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and member of the National Museum and Library Services Board, will welcome board members along with Rebecca Mitchell, Director of the Alabama Library Service, and Renee Blalock, Director of the Birmingham Public Library.

In light of Birmingham’s recognition of the 50th anniversary of pivotal civil rights events this year, the board will review the agency’s support for African American museums in the United States. The IMLS Museum Grants for African American History and Culture program was authorized by Congress in 2005 and the agency began making grants in 2006. Since then, IMLS has helped build the capacity of African American museums and Historically Black Colleges and Universities with 91 grants totaling $9,539,740. Grantees have provided matching funds of $11,870,065.  The board will review past accomplishments and discuss future directions for this important grant program.

The board will also explore how the nation’s libraries and museums support learning in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).  Speakers will discuss the roles of libraries and museums in the emerging “makerspaces” movement.   Makerspaces offer the public the opportunity to pursue technical and engineering-oriented activities such as electronics, robotics, and 3D printing as well as traditional metalworking, woodworking, and arts and crafts, in a creative, collaborative environment.

The meeting location is:

Linn-Henley Research Building
Birmingham Public Library
2100 Park Place
Birmingham, AL 35203
205-226-3600

Attendees should park in the lot at Park Place and go to the third floor for the crosswalk to the Linn-Henley Research Building.  The Richard Arrington Auditorium is on the fourth floor.
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