The Norman Transcript

March 14, 2014

Sam Noble finalist for prestigious award

Transcript Staff
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History as a National Medal for Museum and Library Service finalist.

The National Medal, the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community, is celebrating its 20th year of saluting institutions that make a difference for communities.

Medal finalists are selected from nationwide nominations of institutions that demonstrate innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach. This year’s finalists include an aquarium, conservatory and botanical gardens, a university library, public libraries, children’s museums, art museums, science centers and more.

“Museums and libraries serve as civic gathering places, bringing together individuals in pursuit of educational resources, community connections, skills development and multifaceted life-long learning,” said Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “We are very proud to announce Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History as a finalist for the 2014 National Medal. This year’s National Medal finalists illustrate the many ways museums and libraries can excite life-long learning and civic engagement.”

Finalists are chosen because of their significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. IMLS is encouraging community members who have visited this institution to share their stories on the IMLS Facebook page,

National Medal for Museum and Library Service winners will be announced in the spring. To learn more about National Medal finalists, visit

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