The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) will hold a stakeholder convening about trends in library service on Tuesday April 29, from 9:30 a.m.-- 4:30 p.m. at the New York Public Library. The focus of the meeting, which is the first of three to be held nationwide, is the national digital platform.
IMLS invites broad participation via a live webcast, accessible here, and library professionals and the public are encouraged to participate through social media using the Twitter hashtag #imlsfocus. Seating at the event is extremely limited.
IMLS supports the work of libraries to meet the nation’s growing demands for digital content. A key strategic priority of IMLS is to promote access to digitized collections to facilitate discovery of knowledge and cultural heritage.
An analysis of IMLS grants to states program finds that states have used more than $1 billion in IMLS funding to support a wide range of digital investments, including massive digitization, repositories, and data aggregation; data residencies and skills training; self-publishing initiatives; providing access to e-books and developing digital tools.
At the convening library and archive leaders will discuss key needs, gaps, opportunities, and goals to consider in furthering national digital initiatives.
An agenda is available on the IMLS website. Specifically the discussion will cover:

  • Infrastructure: Examining the Hubs Model
  • Content
  • Use: Challenge and opportunities to broad use
  • Tool: Encouraging Innovation
  • Access at Scale
  • Skills

Among the speakers are:

  • Anthony Marx, President and CEO, New York Public Library,
  • Jim Neal, VP for Information Services and University Librarian, Columbia University,
    Dan Cohen, Executive Director, Digital Public Library of America,
  • Sari Feldman, Executive Director, Cuyahoga County Public Libraries,
  • Clifford Lynch, Director of the Coalition for Networked Information
  • Rachel Frick, Director, Digital Library Federation
  • Josh Greenberg, Program Director for Digital Information Technology, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • Brett Bobley, Chief Information Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Elliott Shore, Executive Director, Association of Research Libraries

For technical questions during the webcast contact [email protected] or call one of our technical support numbers to the right.

For the webcast, please tune in 15 minutes prior to the start time for the event and test your video player. This live event will be captioned in compliance with Section 508.

The event will be archived for 3 months - viewable at and Participants should have the Windows Media Player or Flash player installed to view the event.

(links to the webcast are in the upper-right corner of this page)