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August 2, 2022 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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IMLS Awards $21 Million in Grants for U.S. Libraries and Archives

IMLS issued awards totaling more than $21 million to 71 institutions. The funds come from the National Leadership Grants for Libraries and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.

Libraries getting National Leadership Grants include the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University (to “develop the first set of best practices for archival accessioning in the United States to help archives across the country strengthen and standardize their own accessioning practices”), Seattle Public Library (for a partnership with “the University of Washington, Meridian Library District in Idaho, Charles County Public Library in Maryland, and [ALA] to develop the capacity of libraries in addressing the teen mental health crisis in the U.S.”), and the Howard County Library System (to “partner with the Howard County Office of Workforce Development and Luminus Network for New Americans to develop and provide contextualized workplace English as a Second Language classes, job search skills, and interview/job preparation training for skilled immigrants”).

Universities getting funds from Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program include the University of Texas–Austin School of Information, which will partner with other libraries in its region to “educate and mentor the next generation of Library and Information Science faculty with expertise in artificial intelligence and data science”; the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee–Knoxville, which will partner with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, rural public libraries, and statewide 4-H network agents to “collect and analyze information and technology needs of farming communities”; and the University of Iowa School of Library and Information Science, which “will carry out a Forum project to investigate best practices for increasing the capacity of library workers in small and rural libraries to organize community-engaged archives sustainably and equitably.”

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