NMC Awarded IMLS Planning Grant – Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Samantha Becker The NMC is honored to announce that we have been awarded a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), under the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. For this Collaborative Planning Grant, the NMC is partnering with CNI (Coalition for Networked Information) to assess the need for online professional development for academic and research library staff. The goal is strategize the delivery of high-quality training — at no cost to participants — and design the curricula and metrics that will enable success to be built into the project from the start. In this era of rapid change in the role of libraries and library professionals, a trusted source of practical, focused, and mission-aligned training is needed. The vision is the Library Academy — an online collection of free professional development experiences that are longer and more in-depth than a webinar or workshop. Alex Freeman, the NMC’s Director of Membership & Programs, will serve as Project Director. “We see this as a huge honor and responsibility to the library community — a field the NMC has been exploring with enthusiasm since the inaugural NMC Horizon Report > Library Edition,” said Freeman. “This planning grant kicks off an in-depth study of current and future professional development needs, which we will use to develop timely and practical training opportunities.” The online offerings of the Library Academy would build on the NMC’s 22 years of experience in providing our own unique forms of online and multimedia-based learning. The vision is to join instructional, web, and media designers with recognized experts in the field to develop courses that are based on the latest research of adult learning in online settings. Immersive learning experiences that address pressing needs in library operations, such as collection development, programming, planning services, and technology competencies are difficult to find. The intended audience is librarians and other staff at libraries of any type or size, but especially research and academic libraries, special collections, and archives. This planning grant is a critical step in building an informed foundation, grounded in reality. By the midpoint of the planning grant funding period, the NMC will have those data and are prepared for two possible outcomes. If we find data that varies from our initial notions, the NMC will produce a report on the current state of skills development for academic and research libraries; if the data corroborates our hypothesis, the NMC will complete the work required for a full project proposal. Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.