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Deputy Director for Library Services
Robin L. Dale, deputy director of Library Services at IMLS, is responsible for managing IMLS’ Grants to States program, the largest source of federal funding support for library services in the U.S. Using a population based formula, more than $150 million is distributed among the State Library Administrative Agencies every year. Dale also manages the discretionary grant programs, including the National Leadership Grants and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian programs.
Prior to coming to IMLS, Dale was Senior Director for Digital Services for LYRASIS where she developed & implemented organizational strategy for digital programs, services, grant funding, and partnerships. Before LYRASIS, she was the Associate University Librarian for Collections and Library Information Systems at the University of California, Santa Cruz where she managed UCSC’s participation in mass digitization projects, coordinated library technology, collections, and technical services activities, and planned the digitization and digital collection development of local, unique collections. Prior to UCSC, she was a long-time program manager at RLG, managing collaborative programmatic activities related to digital preservation and digitization. Since 1997, her work has focused on managing technology projects, library collections initiatives, standards and best practice building activities related to creation, description, and curation of digital and analog collections.