Institute of Museum and Library Services


Institute of Museum and Library Services

1800 M Street NW., 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20506

Phone, 202-653-IMLS (4657). Internet, E-mail,

Director Robert S. Martin

Deputy Director for Library Services Mary Chute

Deputy Director for Museum Services Schroeder Cherry

Director, Public and Legislative Mamie Bittner


Director, Administration and Teresa LaHaie


Director, Research and Rebecca Danvers


Director, Strategic Partnerships Marsha Semmel

Associate Deputy Director for Joyce Ray

Library Services

Associate Deputy Director, State George Smith


Associate Deputy Director for Mary Estelle Kennelly

Museum Services

General Counsel Nancy Weiss


The Institute of Museum and Library Services is an independent, Federal grantmaking agency dedicated to creating and sustaining a nation of learners. The Institute fosters leadership, innovation, and a lifetime of learning by supporting the Nation's 15,000 museums and 122,000 libraries. The Institute also encourages partnerships to expand the educational benefit of libraries and museums.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) was established within the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities by the Museum and Library Services Act of September 30, 1996 (110 Stat. 3009-

293), which

amended the Museum Services Act (20 U.S.C. 961 et seq.). The Institute combines administration of Federal museum programs formerly carried out by the Institute of Museum Services and Federal library programs formerly carried out by the Department of Education. The Institute's Director is appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate and is authorized to make grants to museums and libraries. The Director receives policy advice on museum and library programs from the National Museum and Library Services Board, which is comprised of 20 Presidentially appointed members, the Director, the Deputy Director for the Office of Museum Services, and the Deputy Director for the Office of Library Services.

In addition to providing distinct programs of support for museums and libraries, IMLS encourages collaboration between these community resources. The Institute's library programs help libraries use new technologies to identify, preserve, and share library and information resources across institutional, local, and State boundaries and to reach those for whom library...

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