January 21, 2021

Washington, DCThe Institute of Museum and Library Services is pleased to welcome two new members of the National Museum and Library Services Board.

The Board advises IMLS on programs and policies to enhance museum, library, and information services throughout the nation, and its members are selected on the basis of their expertise and commitment to libraries and museums.

The following new members will join the Board on January 22, 2021:

Brian Allen, from Arlington, Vermont, previously served as the Director of the Museum Division of the New York Historical Society, the Director of the Addison Gallery of American Art at Andover, and the Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Clark Institute in Williamstown.

Jennie Stapp, from Helena, Montana, is the Montana State Librarian and current Chair of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies. She previously chaired the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition, which advances broadband and digital inclusion.

“I am honored to announce the appointment of two new members of the National Museum and Library Services Board,” said IMLS Director Crosby Kemper. “They have broad experience with individual museums and libraries and within the library and museum fields nationally, which will be of great value to the Board. Together, they represent the importance of the humanities and the practical importance of digital inclusion to American society. I look forward to working with them and receiving their esteemed input.”

Director Kemper also thanked Robert Wedgeworth and Jane Pickering, who completed their terms.

For more information on the National Museum and Library Services Board, please visit the IMLS website.

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