For immediate release | October 23, 2012

ALA, StoryCorps receive IMLS grant to develop library outreach program

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with StoryCorps, announced today that it received a National Leadership Grant of $249,867, with a matching amount of $109,169, from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The funds will support the implementation of a national initiative to bring StoryCorps’ interview methods and recording equipment to libraries as a springboard for programming and collaboration.

Building on earlier planning work supported by IMLS, ALA and StoryCorps will develop and implement “StoryCorps @ your library,” a replicable program to be piloted at 10 public libraries selected from across the country. Pilot libraries will receive equipment, training, promotional materials and other resources to help them implement community documentation projects using the popular StoryCorps interview model. Local libraries will retain copies of all interviews, but preservation copies will also be deposited with the Library of Congress. The project team will produce freely shareable training materials to help public libraries better understand strategies for sustaining local oral history programs. To receive an alert when the application period opens, interested libraries should sign up for the PPO Grants electronic discussion list at

The ALA Public Programs Office promotes cultural and community programming as an essential part of library service in all types and sizes of libraries. Successful library programming initiatives have included Let’s Talk About It reading and discussion series, traveling exhibitions, film discussion programs, the Great Stories CLUB, LIVE! @ your library and more. The website brings librarians timely and valuable information to support them in the creation of high-quality cultural programs for their communities. For more information about the ALA Public Programs Office, visit

StoryCorps’ mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, preserve and share their stories. Each week, millions of Americans listen to StoryCorps’ award-winning broadcasts on NPR’s "Morning Edition." StoryCorps has published three books: "Listening Is an Act of Love," "Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps," and "All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps" "—all of which are New York Times best-sellers. For more information, or to listen to stories online, visit


Angela Thullen Baker

Program Officer Public

Programs Office (PPO)