Illinois Fire Services Institute Library Among 30 Finalists for IMLS National Medal

Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum (IACRL)

March 25, 2017

(via the Institute of Museum and Library Services)

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced 30 finalists for the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Among them is the Illinois Fire Services Institute Library, the only finalist from Illinois. 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.

“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 see the full list of this year’s finalists–spanning two categories, “Libraries” and “Museums”–click here. (The Illinois Fire Services Institute Library is a finalist under “Libraries”.) IMLS is encouraging those who have visited finalist libraries and museums to share their story on the IMLS Facebook page as a way to further honor their work in their respective communities. To Share Your Story, please go here

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