The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced the 30 finalists for the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Services yesterday, March 3. The National Medal, the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community, is celebrating its 20th year of saluting institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities.

“Museums and libraries serve as civic engagement centers, providing invaluable educational, social, and skill-based resources to their communities,” said Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “The 2014 National Medal finalists have gone above and beyond to create an environment that allows individuals to learn, play, connect, and remain curious.”

The four AASLH Members are:

  1. Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, California
  2. Chicago Public Library, Chicago, Illinois
  3. Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, Connecticut
  4. Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, Seattle, Washington

AASLH encourages those who have visited these libraries and museums to share their story on the IMLS Facebook page,

You can also visit the IMLS Facebook page to learn more about how these institutions make an impact.

Ten National Medal winners will be announced this spring and will participate in the National Medal ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Learn more about the National Medal and this year’s finalists.