Institute of Museum and Library Services Announces Recipients of
2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service
Mrs. Obama to Present Nation’s Highest Honor for Museums and Libraries
Washington, DC – The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the recipients of the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. In its 20th anniversary year, the medals program celebrates excellent institutions that have made a significant impact on individuals, families, and communities across the nation. The award will be presented by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House on May 8.
These ten honorees exemplify the nation’s great diversity of libraries and museums and include a natural history museum, a children’s museum, a natural sciences museum, an aquarium, a botanic garden, public library systems, and a book center, hailing from ten states.
The 2014 winners of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service are:
- Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, N.Y.
- Chicago Public Library, Chicago, Ill.
- The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Ind.
- Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, Las Vegas, Nev.
- Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, Mo.
- Mystic Aquarium, Mystic, Conn.
- North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, N.C.
- Octavia Fellin Public Library, Gallup, N.M.
- Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Norman, Okla.
- Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, Mass.
“Congratulations to the 2014 winners of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. From programs that foster passion for science, literature and cultural heritage, to critical 21st century skills training for improved educational outcomes and workforce readiness, the services and programs of these institutions truly do make a difference,” said Susan H. Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “We thank each of this year’s medal recipients for their innovation and their dedication to serving their communities.”
Winners of the National Medal were selected from nationwide nominations of institutions that demonstrate innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach. After the ceremony, StoryCorps – a national nonprofit dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of Americans – will visit each institution to document stories from the communities about the winning institutions.
The next deadline for nominating a museum or library is October 15, 2014. Learn more about the National Medal at www.imls.gov/medals.
Celebrating 20 Years
This year, IMLS celebrates the 20th anniversary of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. For the past two decades, the National Medal has honored outstanding institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Including 2014 winners, 142 institutions have received this honor.
About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit http://www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.