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Summary of Work- -July1, 2011-December 31, 2011.The IMLS Strategic Plan, 2012 – 2016: Creating a Nation of Learners envisions a democratic society where communities andindividuals thrive with broad public access to knowledge, culturalheritage and lifelong learning. The plan identifies the mission of IMLSto inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, learning andcivic engagement by providing leadership through research, policydevelopment and grant-making


"The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded the Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) a 2009 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant to fund the GPLS “Librarians Build Communities” program, which provides scholarships needed to prepare 45 students to be public librarians and provide them with expertise in community building. This grant helps GPLS strengthen community support for public libraries in Georgia, addresses Georgia’s shortage of librarians and provides a model for other states.” Kathleen de la Peña Mccook was visiting scholar for the project. "