Prepared by OCLC Research, IMLS Focus: The National Digital Platform summarizes the April IMLS Focus meeting about the national digital platform for libraries. The national digital platform is a way of thinking about and approaching the digital capability and capacity of libraries across the US. In this sense, it is the combination of software applications, social and technical infrastructure, and staff expertise that provide library content and services to all users in the US.
The report describes the following key focus areas as well as specific priorities for each:
- Engaging, mobilizing and connecting communities
- Establishing and refining tools and infrastructure
- Cultivating the digital library workforce
See the IMLS blog post, Taking the National Digital Platform for Libraries to the Next Level, for more information and read the report in pdf format online.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Its mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Its grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive.
IMLS commissioned OCLC Research to write the report of the event in order to draw on its unique position within the field and its capacity to distill thoughts shared at the meeting and summarize outcomes and recommendations.