For more than 20 years, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has recognized museums and libraries that make extraordinary contributions to their communities. The National Medal for Museum and Library Service is the US government’s highest honor for exemplary service by these institutions. IMLS is now accepting nominations for the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Nomination forms are due October 15, 2014.
All types of nonprofit libraries and library organizations, including academic, research, archives, school, special, library associations, and library consortia, are eligible to receive this honor. Public or private nonprofit museums of any discipline (including art, history, science and technology, children’s, and natural history), as well as historic houses, nature centers, zoos, and botanical gardens, are eligible.
Winners are honored at a ceremony in Washington, DC; host a two-day visit from StoryCorps to record community member stories; and receive positive press attention through a media campaign. Approximately 30 finalists are selected as part of the process and are featured by IMLS as part of a six-week social media and press campaign.
For more details and to nominate an institution—including your own—for the 2015 medal, see the July 17, 2014, IMLS press release, “Call for Nominations: 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.”