January 20, 2015


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Giuliana Bullard gbullard@imls.gov

photo of Maura MarxWashington, DC—Maura Marx, deputy director for library services, will serve as acting director for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Marx assumed the leadership role on January 19, following the end of IMLS Director Susan H. Hildreth’s four-year term. Marx will lead the agency until a new director is nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The IMLS directorship alternates between individuals from the museum and library communities.

Marx began her term as deputy director for library services in May of 2013. Prior to her appointment, she served as director of the Digital Public Library of America Secretariat at the Berkman Center at Harvard University.

Previously, she served as executive director of the Open Knowledge Commons, where she worked to catalyze and raise funds for libraries working on collaborative digital library initiatives. She founded the digital library program at the Boston Public Library and was responsible for its dedication to open principles. Her interests are in cultural heritage, collaboration, and the promotion of all types of open knowledge.

Marx was named a "Mover and Shaker" by Library Journal in 2006 and was a fellow at the Berkman Center at Harvard University. She has a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. from Middlebury College, and an M.S.L.I.S. from Simmons College.

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