University of Minnesota Libraries recognized as Finalist for 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

Public encouraged to share stories of institutions’ excellence on IMLS Facebook page during March, April

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL (March 20, 2017) The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced that the University of Minnesota Libraries is among the 30 finalists for the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. For 23 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and are making a difference for individuals, families and communities.

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“The 2017 National Medal Finalists represent the leading museums and libraries that serve as catalysts for change in their communities,” said Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “It is our honor to recognize 30 notable institutions for their commitment to providing programs and services that improve the lives of individuals, families and communities.  We salute them and their valuable work in providing educational opportunities to their community and celebrate the power libraries and museums can have across the country.”

“To be a finalist for this prestigious award from the IMLS is an exceptional honor,” said Wendy Pradt Lougee, University Librarian and McKnight Presidential Professor at the University of Minnesota. “It affirms and recognizes the importance and impact of our work with students, faculty, and staff at the University — and with students, teachers, and citizens throughout the state of Minnesota.”

Finalists are chosen because of their significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. IMLS is encouraging community members who visited the University of Minnesota Libraries to share their story on the IMLS Facebook page. To Share Your Story and learn more about how these institutions make an impact, please visit www.facebook.com/USIMLS.

The National Medal winners will be announced later this spring. The representatives from winning institutions will travel to Washington, D.C. to be honored at the National Medal award ceremony.

To see the full list of finalists and learn more about the National Medal, visit www.imls.gov/2017-medals.  

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and approximately 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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