The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting nominations for the National Medal for Museum and Library Services. The award recognizes museums and libraries that have made extraordinary contributions to their communities. All types of nonprofit libraries and museums are eligible to receive the award. Anyone is free to make nominations, and self-nominations are accepted. Nomination forms are due by 15 October 2014.

Approximately 30 finalists will be selected and featured by IMLS as part of a social media and press campaign leading up to the announcement of the winner. Winners will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, DC, and will be given the opportunity to host a two-day visit from StoryCorps to record community member stories. Winning the medal can also elevate an institutions profile and impact fundraising, programming, and outreach activity. The nomination form and instructions can be found here: http://www.imls.gov/applicants/detail.aspx?GrantId=13.