Museums and Libraries Step-Up Efforts to Tackle Economic Distress in Poor Communities, Says New Report from IMLS and LISC

A new national report finds that many museums and libraries are leveraging their prominent local positions to help rebuild troubled neighborhoods, driving economic, educational and social efforts that help raise standards of living.

Museums, Libraries, and Comprehensive Initiatives: A First Look at Emerging Experience, is part of a collaborative research effort by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) examining the ways that museums and libraries are helping fuel successful comprehensive community revitalization efforts and offer best practices for other institutions to follow.

Last week, the findings were used to launch a discussion at an invitational community meeting hosted by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (TCM). The report includes examples from nine library initiatives, including The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis which decided to expand into its existing neighborhood, the Mid-North neighborhood, rather than build new facilities downtown. TCM deepened its involvement in its surrounding neighborhood through the Mid-North Quality of Life Plan. The Mid-North neighborhood includes one of three Great Places 2020 sites.

The full report (PDF) is available here.

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IMLS Director Kathryn Matthew visits Indianapolis