2001 National Award for
Museum and Library Service
the Museum and it's youth development programming was honored
with the prestigious IMLS National Award for Museum and Library
Service. According to IMLS, the principal criterion for selection
is the museum's commitment to public service through exemplary
and innovative programs and community partnerships.
In the words
of First Lady Bush, "I am pleased to present the National
Awards for Museum and Library Service. This year's recipients
are doing remarkable things; they are enriching lives and
connecting people to each other and to the world. They are
making a difference in their communities. I congratulate each
of them for their dedication and enthusiasm."
Digital Stepping Stones Award
In 1998, the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute
recognized the Museum and it's programs in youth development
as a model program under its Digital Steppingstones (DSS)
initiative. The initiative sheds light on exemplary practical
uses of technology in diverse learning environments, including
libraries, community centers, and K-12 schools where all members
of the community--young and old, immigrant and native-born--have
access to meaningful programs that provide useful lifelong
knowledge which can be applied in today's society.
The three-year project explored the
role that advanced telecommunications technologies play in
low-income and minority communities throughout the United
States. Where, how, and by whom are these new technologies
being used? Are they improving the quality of life for people
in low-income, minority communities, and if so, how? And what
can be done to ensure that people from all walks of life have
an equal opportunity to benefit from these new technologies?