January 21, 2022

Maura Marx Named IMLS Deputy Director for the Office of Library Services

Congrats to Maura Marx!

Here’s the Full Text of the IMLS Announcement (Along With Some Additional Background Links and Video):

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Director Susan H. Hildreth announced today that she has selected Maura Marx to be the IMLS Deputy Director of the Office of Library Services.

“I am delighted that Ms. Marx has accepted this position,” said Director Hildreth. “Maura brings a breadth of leadership experience and a depth of understanding about how digital technology is changing the role of libraries in the U.S. She will be a tremendous partner to guide IMLS programs and initiatives as libraries develop new business models to meet the ever changing information needs of the 21st century learner.”

Ms. Marx said, “I am thrilled to be joining the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The agency’s position as the leading U.S. agency responsible for federal policy as it relates to America’s libraries and museums is tremendously exciting to me. I look forward to helping to assure that the American tradition of strengthening communities by providing broad public access to the resources and services of U.S. libraries continues in this digital age.”

Ms. Marx currently serves as Director of the Digital Public Library of America Secretariat at the Berkman Center at Harvard University, a position she will continue until she begins working at IMLS in May 2013.

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.

Maura was named a “Mover and Shaker” by Library Journal in 2006 and has been a Fellow at the Berkman Center at Harvard University since 2010. 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.

According to the Museum and Library Services Act, IMLS’s Office of Library Services shall be headed by a Deputy Director, who shall be appointed by the Director from among individuals who have a graduate degree in library services and expertise in library and information services. The Deputy Director also serves as a non-voting member of the National Museum and Library Services Board.

See Also: Maura Marx (Library Journal Mover and Shaker, April 2006)

See Also: Open Knowledge Commons Founder Maura Marx Honored by Simmons GSLIS

See Also: Maura Marx, Open Knowledge Commons and the Digital Library (via Ethan Zuckerman)
From 12/17/2008

See Also: Video: The Open Knowledge Commons
From December 16, 2008. A 45 minute presentation by Marx.

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