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* Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
* Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and
* Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology,
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is an independent Federal grant-making agency authorized by the Museum and Library Services Act, Public Law 104-208. The IMLS provides a variety of grant programs to assist the nation's museums and libraries in improving their operations and enhancing their services to public. Museums and libraries of all sizes and types may receive support from IMLS programs.
Pub. L. 104-208 enacted on September 30, 1996 contains the Library Services and Technology Act and the Museum Services Act.
Pub. L. 104-208 authorizes the Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services to make grants to States, and to Indian tribes and to organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians to—
(1) Consolidate Federal library service programs;
(2) stimulate excellence and promote access to learning and information resources in all types of libraries for individuals of all ages;
(3) promote library services that provide all users access to information through State, regional, national and international electronic networks;
(4) provide linkages among and between libraries;
(5) promote targeted library services to people of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, to individuals with disabilities, and to people with limited functional literacy or information skills.
Pub. L. 104-208 also provides authority for the Director to make grants, and to enter into contracts and cooperative agreements for activities that may include:
(1) Education and training of persons in library and information science, particularly in ares of new technology and other critical needs, including graduate fellowships, traineeships, institutes and other programs.
(2) research and demonstration projects related to the improvement of libraries, education in library and information science, enhancement of library services through effective and efficient use of new technologies, and dissemination of information derived from such projects;
(3) preserving or digitization of library materials and resources, giving priority to projects emphasizing coordination, avoidance of duplication, and access by researchers beyond the institution of library entity undertaking the project; and
(4) model programs demonstrating cooperative efforts between libraries and museums.
Pub. L. 104-208 also provides authority for the Director to make grants to museums for activities such as—
(1) Programs that enable museums to construct or install displays,
(2) assisting museums in developing and maintain professionally trained or otherwise experienced staff to meet the needs of the museums;
(3) assisting museums in meeting the administrative costs of preserving and maintaining the collections of the museums, exhibiting the collections to the public, and providing educational programs to the public through the use of the collections;
(4) assisting museums in cooperating with each other in developing traveling exhibitions, meeting transportation costs, and identifying and locating collections available for loan;
(5) assisting museums in the conservation of their collections;
(6) developing and carrying out specialized programs for specific segments of the public, such as programs for urban neighborhoods, rural areas, Indian reservations, and penal and other State institutions; and
(7) model programs demonstrating cooperative efforts between libraries and museums.
The Director is also authorized to enter into contracts and cooperative agreements with appropriate entities to strengthen museum services.
To administer these programs of grants, cooperative agreements and contracts, IMLS must develop application guidelines, reports and customer service surveys.
Comments should be sent to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn.: OMB Desk Officer for Education, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, (202) 395-7316.