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DR. KATHRYN K. MATTHEW, DIRECTOR OF THE FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF MUSEUM AND LIBRARY SERVICES, TO SPEAK AT THE NEW YORK STATE CULTURAL EDUCATION CENTER ON APRIL 9

Release Date: 
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Contact Information: 
Contact: Office of Communications Phone: (518) 474-1201

The New York State Cultural Education Center will welcome the Director of the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, for a free talk on the future of libraries on April 9 at 6:30 p.m. The discussion is part of the New York State Library’s Speakers Forum in celebration of its bicentennial this year. The program is open to the public, but pre-registration is recommended.

Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew is the fifth Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. With career experience that spans private and nonprofit sectors, Dr. Matthew brings to the agency a deep knowledge of the educational and public service roles of museums, libraries, and related nonprofits.

Confirmed by the U.S. Senate in September 2015, Dr. Matthew is serving a four-year term as the Director of the Institute. The directorship of the Institute alternates between individuals from the museum and library communities. Dr. Matthew’s career interests have centered around supporting and coaching museums and other nonprofits, large and small, that are focused on propelling their programs, communications, events, and fundraising offerings to a higher level of success. Through her volunteer experiences, she has gained insights into the vital roles of cultural organizations as anchors in rural and smaller communities.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. New York State museums, libraries, and archival institutions received nearly $15 million in support from the Institute in 2016. The Institute advances, supports, and empowers America’s museums, libraries, archives, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. The Institute’s vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities.

The New York State Library, Museum, and Archives are programs of the New York State Education Department’s Office of Cultural Education located at 222 Madison Avenue in Albany. The State Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday 9:30am-5pm. The State Library and Archives are open Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information about the New York State Library, call (518) 474-2274 or visit www.nysl.nysed.gov.