Museum named National Medal for Museum and Library Service finalist
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WASHINGTON (March 3, 2014) – The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced that for the second consecutive year the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is a National Medal for Museum and Library Service finalist. The National Medal, the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community, is celebrating its 20th year of saluting institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities.
Medal finalists are selected from nationwide nominations of institutions that demonstrate innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach. This year’s finalists exemplify the nation’s great diversity of libraries and museums and include an aquarium, conservatory and botanical gardens, a university library, public libraries, children’s museums, art museums, science centers, and more, hailing from across the country.
“Museums and libraries serve as civic gathering places, bringing together individuals in pursuit of educational resources, community connections, skills development, and multifaceted lifelong learning,” said Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “We are very proud to announce North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences as a finalist for the 2014 National Medal. This year’s National Medal finalists illustrate the many ways museums and libraries can excite lifelong learning and civic engagement.”
“The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is elated to be a finalist for the IMLS National Medal for the second year running,” remarked Museum Director Emlyn Koster. “Our engagement of all ages and stages of learning in the natural world is centrally important to us. This originates from our location in the capital city of Raleigh and extends state-wide and beyond. Asking ‘what do we know?’ with a southeast US lens, ‘how do we know?’ with a global research lens, ‘what’s happening now?’ through our iconic Daily Planet Theater, and responding to the community’s desire to participate through citizen science projects — all are essential components of our collaboration-minded mission,” Dr. Koster added.
Finalists are chosen because of their significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. IMLS is encouraging community members who have visited this institution to share their story on the IMLS Facebook page, www.facebook.com/USIMLS. Visit the IMLS Facebook page to learn more about how these institutions make an impact. National Medal for Museum and Library Service winners will be announced this spring.
Celebrating 20 Years
This year, IMLS celebrates the 20th anniversary of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. For the past two decades, the National Medal has honored outstanding institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Including 2013 winners, 132 institutions have received this honor, and ten additional institutions will be awarded in 2014.
About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 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 and Twitter.