Erlander Home Museum awarded prestigious IMLS Grant
Thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Erlander Home Museum will participate in the Institutional Assessment portion of the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) in 2002. MAP is a cooperative program between the IMLS and the American Association of Museums (AAM) designed to help museums assess their strengths and weaknesses and plot a course for future improvements. The Institute provides grants to museums to participate in MAP, which is administered by the Association.
According to the Erlander Home Museum Director Becky Fitzgerald, participation in the MAP program will help the museum assess how we can do things better, and to ultimately serve the Rockford community better.
A thorough and professional assessment of a museum, especially a smaller one, not only allows the museum professional to recognize the full potential of their institution, but to make viable plans to reach it without wasting precious resources, said the Institutes Director, Robert Martin. It is especially rewarding to make these valuable grants in the year in which we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Museum Services Act, the legislation that created a federal agency to support the nations museums.
Since 1981, MAP has approved nearly 5,000 successful assessments, leading to improved professional practices within museums of all types and sizes, remarked Edward H. Able, Jr., president and CEO of the American Association of Museums. It is an accomplishment worthy of celebrating the long-standing partnership between America?s museums and the federal Government.
IMLS is a federal grantmaking agency located in Washington, D.C. that fosters leadership, innovation and a lifetime of learning by supporting museums and libraries.