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New Grants Help Libraries and Museums Connect Youth with Learning Opportunities and Mentors; Twelve Cities Receive Grants under Second Round of IMLS Funding for Establishment of Learning Labs
Nov 9, 2012

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation have announced the second round of winners of a national competition to design 21st century Learning Labs in museums and libraries around the country. The 12 winners—five museums and seven libraries—will receive a total of $1.2 million in grants to plan and design the labs. Inspired by YOUmedia, a teen space at the Chicago Public Library, and innovations in science and technology centers, these labs will help young people move beyond consuming content to making and creating it.

Each Learning Lab will be designed to facilitate a research-based education model known as connected learning – one that promotes discovery, creativity, critical thinking and real-world learning through activities and experiences that bring together academics and young people’s interests, often facilitated by digital and traditional media. The labs will connect teens to mentors and peers, as well as anytime, anywhere access to information through online social networks, so they can pursue their interests more deeply and connect these new skills to academics, career, and civic engagement.

The new Learning Labs are planned for: Dallas, TX; Madison, WI; Rochester, NY; Berkeley, CA; Billings, MT; Poughkeepsie, NY; Tucson, AZ; Richmond, VA; Tuscaloosa, AL; Pittsburgh, PA; Lynn, MA; and Las Vegas, NV. Each of the winning institutions will match funds from the competition and is developing partnerships with local educational, cultural, civic and business organizations to expand the resources available to build a network of learning opportunities for young people.

News Release / Additional Information / Access to Round I Grantee Listing

Also see:

TEN 50-09 (Encouraging Partnerships between the Workforce Investment System and Public Libraries to Meet Career and Employment Needs)

Youth Community of Practice

Project Compass

Role of Libraries and Workforce Development Highlighted in Washington D.C. Briefing

Analysis of Public Library and One Stop Locations

Project Compass Lights a Path to Workforce Recovery

Top Ten Tips for Library and America’s Job Center Partnerships

IMLS and the U.S. Department of Labor/ ETA Partnership

IMLS Investments in Workforce Development