The Institute of Museum and Library Services today named the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences as a National Medal for Museum and Library Services finalist. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community and celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families and communities.
“The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is thrilled and honored to be a 2013 finalist in the recognition by the federal Institute for Museum and Library Services of outstanding examples of community service in the museum and library fields,” remarked Emlyn Koster, Ph.D., the Museum’s new Director. “With 17,500 museums nationwide, this special recognition shines a light on Betsy Bennett’s remarkable leadership and elevates the platform for my leadership, as her successor, to maximize the dividends of the Museum's investments in collections, research, exhibitions, education and citizen science.” Bennett retired December 31 after 22 years as the Museum’s Director.
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 and marine science center foundation, conservatory and botanical gardens, county library systems, individual libraries, children’s museums, an art museum, science centers and more, hailing from across the country.
“Museums and libraries serve as community gathering places and centers for lifelong learning, and we are very proud to announce the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences as a finalist for the 2013 National Medal,” said Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “This year’s finalists exemplify the many wonderful ways museums and libraries can respond to the needs and wants of the communities they serve.”
Finalists are chosen because of their significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. IMLS is encouraging community members who have visited the Museum of Natural Sciences 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. To learn more about the 2013 National Medal finalists, visit www.imls.gov/medals .