June 20, 2014


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Robin L. Dale Selected as IMLS Associate Deputy Director in the Office of Library Services 
Dale to head Grants to States Program in Office of Library Services


Washington, DC—Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Director Susan H. Hildreth announced today that she has selected Robin L. Dale to be the IMLS associate deputy director for state programs in the Office of Library Services.

"I am delighted that Ms. Dale has accepted this position," said Director Hildreth. “Her experience working with academic, state, and public libraries, her background in digital services, and her strategic vision will be a great asset to our largest grant program, the Grants to States Program, and to the Office of Library Services.”

Ms. Dale is currently the senior director for digital services for LYRASIS, a non-profit membership organization that partners with cultural heritage organizations to create and manage information with an emphasis on digital content.  She has extensive experience in the development of organizational strategies, digital services, and grant funding initiatives, as well as expertise in budget, contract, and relationship management.

Ms. Dale said, “I am honored to be joining the IMLS team. I look forward to helping libraries deliver high-quality services that meet the changing educational, informational, and civic needs of communities across the U.S.  I am delighted to play a role in advancing the great work done through the Grants to States program and supporting the success of libraries in the 21st century.”

Previously, Ms. Dale was the associate university librarian for collections and library information systems at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  Prior to UCSC, she was a long-time program manager at Research Library Group (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 collections.

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