The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded a three-year National Leadership grant to Artstor and The Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library at Columbia University. The funds will be used to support the new Built Works Registry (BWR), a community-generated data resource for architectural works and the built environment. BWR will be available to scholars and catalogers from academic and cultural heritage organizations worldwide. BWR data will also be contributed to the Getty Vocabulary Program’s planned Cultural Objects Name Authority (CONA). See the BWR press release.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. For more information about the 2010 National Leadership Grants, go to the IMLS website.