The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Urban Library Council (ULC) and the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) announce the availability of funds to will support the planning and designing of up to 30 Learning Labs in libraries and museums throughout the country. The Labs are intended to engage middle- and high-school youth in mentor-led, interest-based, youth-centered, collaborative learning using digital and traditional media. Grantees will be required to participate, in-person and online, in a community of practice that will provide technical assistance, networking, and cross-project learning. Projects are expected to provide prototypes for the field and be based on current research about digital media and youth learning.
Proposals are due by June 15, 2012. To access guidelines go to: http://www.imls.gov/applicants/learning_labs_guidelines.aspx To read more about the Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums program go to: http://www.imls.gov/about/learning_labs.aspx.