Obama Signs Into Law the Museum and Library Services Act of 2010

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By Steve Delahoyde Comment

We hope you had a nice, long holiday weekend, but now it’s time to get back to business. First things first, while you were busy running around on those last minute errands or wrapping presents or just trying to stay out of everyone’s way who were doing those things, President Obama signed into law, just before the holiday break, the Museum and Library Services Act of 2010. You can read the whole of S.3984 here, but the quick synopsis is that it’s a move to have the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) take a more “active role in research and data collection” as well as pushing the emphasis on “how libraries and museums contribute to a competitive workforce and engaged citizenry.” The even shorter take is that it gives the IMLS a bit more power (and funding) to be able to better connect museums and libraries, sharing information and strategies. It seems like a great move, as any recognition for these two cultural and educational sectors, particularly after a series of difficult financial years, is always welcomed.

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