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Nov 15 -- The Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities, invites comment by January 14, 2023 regarding the proposed National Museum Survey Pilot.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is the primary source of Federal support for the Nation's libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America's museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov.

The United States boasts a diverse array of museums of different sizes including history, art, and science and technology museums, as well as children's museums, zoos, aquariums, nature centers, public gardens, historic houses, academic museums and galleries, and specialized museums. Together, they steward living and non-living collections and, through their programs and services, contribute to the cultural health, economic vitality, and social well-being of the communities they serve. In a data-driven world, a regular sector-wide data-gathering effort is needed to document the reach of the museum sector and the services it provides.

IMLS is exercising its authority under 20 U.S.C. 9108 to design a new survey that fills this need: the National Museum Survey. The NMS will be a voluntary survey that aims to capture the scope and scale of museums' presence and reach within the United States over time. The survey will collect foundational, high-level data directly from museums to inform policymakers, the museum field, and the public about the social, cultural, educational, and economic roles that the nation's diverse museums play in American society.
IMLS data: https://www.imls.gov/research-tools/data-collection
Draft data collection instruments and technical documentation have been requested from IMLS by AEAStat.
FRN: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2022-24870

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