The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced 30 finalists for the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, including three AASLH institutional members. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. For 22 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and are making a difference for individuals, families, and communities.
“The 2016 National Medal finalists make lasting differences in their communities by serving and inspiring the public,” said Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “We proudly recognize these museums and libraries for their invaluable work to provide Americans with educational resources, 21st century skills, and opportunities for lifelong learning. As key stewards of our nation’s future, we salute the 30 finalists for their excellence in engaging our citizenry and expanding learning of all kinds.”
These three AASLH members have been nominated for the award:
- Chicago History Museum, Chicago, IL (member since 1941)
- Nantucket Historical Association, Nantucket, MA (member since 2010)
- Tomaquag Museum, Exeter, RI (member since 2014)
IMLS is encouraging those who have visited finalist libraries and museums to share their story on the IMLS Facebook page. To Share Your Story, please visit www.facebook.com/USIMLS. The National Medal winners will be named later this spring, and representatives from winning institutions will travel to Washington, D.C., to be honored in a White House ceremony.
The full list of nominations and more information on the award can be seen at www.imls.gov/2016-medals.