The New York State Library, State Archives, and State Museum proudly welcome Kathryn K. Matthew, Director of the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), to launch the State Library's Bicentennial Celebration at the Cultural Education Center in Albany, New York.
Dr. Matthew will present on Libraries in the 21st century, including the educational and public service roles of museums and libraries.
In this era of the Internet, of changes in the news and information landscape, and of changes in the way everyday citizens learn about and preserve their cultural heritage, cultural heritage institutions and libraries continue to meet an ever-critical and ever-evolving need.
Trained as a scientist, Dr. Matthew's 30-year museum career began in curatorial, collections management, and research roles. She worked with a variety of collections including ornithology, paleontology, fine arts, and anthropology. Dr. Matthews has worked in management, exhibits, educational programming and later served as Executive Director of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, a state-funded museum. In that role she worked with corporations, federal agencies, public schools, and Hispanic and Native American communities to offer STEM-based programs.
The primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums, the Institute of Museum and Library Services advances, supports, and empowers these and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development to transform the lives of individuals and communities. Importantly, New York's libraries and museums received over $15 million in support from IMLS just last year.