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IMLS Acknowledgement Requirements

IMLS Credit

You MUST credit IMLS on all flyers, press releases, blog posts, invitations, webpages, social media, powerpoints, news stories, signage, email announcements, etc. Books and equipment should be labeled as well.

  • This is not optional.

See IMLS' Grantee Communications Kit:

The type of recognition varies according to the type of activity:

  • Written materials must include a credit line indicating IMLS as a source of support;
  • Graphic items such as posters or brochures should include the IMLS logo (see Grantee Communications Kit, available at displayed in accordance with the Logo Standards Guide;
  • Online products, digital publications, and websites should include links to the IMLS website,;
  • Audio/video broadcasts must include a tagline indicating IMLS as a source of support. Video broadcasts should display the IMLS logo.

In materials that contain or present substantive project content, such as an exhibition, article, catalogue, or other publication, video documentary, or online exhibition or website, the acknowledgement must also include the following statement:

 “The views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this (publication) (program) (exhibition) (website) (article) do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.”

For questions about whether a product requires this statement, contact the IMLS Office of Communications.

Sample Credit Line

Funds for this project have been provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records.

Percentage of LSTA Funding

When issuing statements, press releases, requests for proposals, bid solicitations and other documents describing projects or programs funded in whole or in part with Federal money, all grantees receiving IMLS appropriated funding, including but not limited to State and local governments and recipients of Federal research grants, shall clearly state:

  1. The percentage of the total costs of the program or project which will be financed with Federal money;
  2. The dollar amount of Federal funds for the project or program; and
  3. Percentage and dollar amount of the total costs of the project or program that will be financed by non-governmental sources.

(See IMLS fiscal year 2020 appropriations act – Section 505 of the Title V (General Provisions) of Division A of Public Law 116-94, December 20, 2019).


The IMLS boilerplate and logo should be used in your press releases:

The Institute of Museum and Library Services 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. IMLS envisions a nation where individuals and communities have access to museums and libraries to learn from and be inspired by the trusted information, ideas, and stories they contain about our diverse natural and cultural heritage. To learn more, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Social Media

You're encouraged to tag IMLS (as well as NSLAPR) in any social media post that promotes your LSTA grant project:

Also, remember to capture social media content to include with final reports.

Special Events

Special Events-Invite the State Librarian

If awarded an LSTA grant, the Nevada State Library staff would like to help you celebrate your successes! If you host an open house, launch party, or special event, consider inviting the State Librarian and/or the Deputy State Librarian. Contact Sulin Jones for arrangements.

Special Events-IMLS

Send timely press releases to the LSTA coordinator for forwarding to IMLS. They can often help promote at the national level.

Photo Release

IMLS and NSLAPR appreciate project photos and videos.  If members of the public are in your snapshots, don't forget a photo release.