The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced 39 grants totaling $9,799,830 to support libraries across the nation. The grants were awarded through the first cycles of the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.

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Fiscal Year: 2017

Award: $530,732.00

City: Lincoln

Program: National Leadership Grants for Libraries

The Nebraska Library Commission and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will advance economic development in 30 rural communities by developing rotating Innovation Studios and by supporting libraries with instructional materials, programming, marketing, and planning for sustainability. The project will demonstrate the critical role of public libraries as catalysts for economic and community development in rural communities, empowering residents with tools and guidance to explore, collaborate, create, learn, and invent. The model will be evaluated and disseminated nationally to inform other statewide efforts to foster entrepreneurship and innovation in rural communities.

 

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Today is #AskAnArchivistDay! The Nebraska Museums Association has many members who are archivists. Post a question today and it will be answered by a Nebraska archivist. ... See MoreSee Less

The International Quilt Study Center & Museum share this amazing behind-the-scenes video. Ask any museum professional, exhibits for the public are cool, but those neatly stacked, beautifully labeled archival boxes are a thing of beauty. ... See MoreSee Less

Here’s a look at our collections storage area, which is the most protected area of the museum. This area is carefully controlled and monitored for temperature and humidity in order to best preserve the collection. In this video, you can see our main quilt storage unit, which holds most of the 5500 quilts in our collection. The quilts are stored folded, layered, and padded with acid-free archival tissue paper in acid-free archival boxes. Generally, there are two quilts to a box, though that may depend on size and condition. On the other side of the room are our three flat storage units, which allow us to house some of our most fragile and dimensional pieces, as well as some of the gems of our collection. Although it is both cost- and space-prohibitive, this is the very best way to store textiles, since folding weakens and deteriorates the fabric over time. Behind these units, you can see some of our non-quilt object storage, which houses objects from our collection ranging from printing plates to batting samples to doll beds to sewing machines. We offer behind-the-scenes tours of our storage twice a month. We open up the flat storage units and show some of our oldest and most fragile pieces. - Sarah

Nebraska Museums Association shared International Quilt Study Center & Museum's post. ... See MoreSee Less

We recently accessioned this art quilt created by Adele Phillips, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln alumna. Titled "Indigenous Opulence," this unusual quilt is created from translucent silk and synthetics in order to expose the batting, which is made entirely of milkweed fibers. The title of the quilt is inscribed with cording which has been couched, or fastened in place with small stitches, onto the quilt. - Sarah As a reminder, our Collections assistant Sarah Walcott is taking over our page this week. We hope you enjoy the treasures she will share from behind the scenes.