National Museum and Library Services Board

November 15, 2012
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Washington, DC
http://www.imls.gov/national_museum_and_library_services_board_to_meet_o...

The 26th meeting of the (NMLSB). The focus of the board meeting will be the role of libraries and museums in early learning. President Obama has made early childhood learning a priority and IMLS is promoting policies, analyzing data and making grants to help integrate libraries and museums into community-wide early learning strategies. The board will hear from foundation, government, library and museum experts to help inform future IMLS activities in this area.

Speakers (in order of presentation):

  • Ralph Smith, managing director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and senior vice president of the Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Shannon Rudisill, director of the Office of Child Care in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Harriet Coalter, director of the Richmond Public Library in Richmond, Virginia
  • Julia Webb Bland, CEO of the Louisiana Children’s Museum, immediate past president of the Association of Children’s Museums, and a current member of the .

IMLS anticipates that eight new NMLSB members, nominated by President Obama, will be officially appointed by the time of the board meeting:

  • Charles Benton, chairman and CEO of the Benton Foundation
  • Christie Pearson Brandau, retired state Llbrarian and adjunct professor at the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University
  • Bert Castro, president and CEO of the Arizona Zoological Society/Phoenix Zoo
  • Paula Gangopadhyay, chief learning officer at The Henry Ford
  • Luis Herrera, city librarian of the San Francisco Public Library
  • Dr. Eric J. Jolly, president of the Science Museum of Minnesota
  • Susana Torruella Leval, director emerita of El Museo del Barrio
  • Suzanne E. Thorin, dean of Libraries and University Librarian at Syracuse University

The meeting is open to the public. To attend, please R.S.V.P. to Elizabeth Lyons [email protected].