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IMLS Director



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BUSH NOMINATES LIBRARIAN ROBERT S. MARTIN AS DIRECTOR OF THE
IMLS; TEXAS SCHOLAR'S WORK ENCOMPASSES TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND
INFORMATION POLICY

WASHINGTON, DC -- President George W. Bush has announced his
intention to nominate Robert S. Martin to be Director of the
Institute of Museum and Library Services.(IMLS)  Robert Martin is
currently a Professor and Interim Director of the School of
Library and Information Studies at Texas Women's University (TWU)
in Denton, Texas. He served as Director and Librarian of the
Texas State Library and Archives Commission from 1995 to 1999. He
is a graduate of Rice University, received a Master's degree from
North Texas State University and a Doctorate in Library Science
from the University of North Carolina.

Martin's areas of interest include the history of American
libraries and librarianship, and the history of the exploration
and mapping of the American southwest. They also encompass the
history and development of information technologies;
telecommunications and information Policy; and scholarly
communication.

Among the courses he teaches at TWU, "Libraries and Culture",
provides an introduction to cultural theory and its application
to understanding libraries and the role of libraries in cultural
transmission -- with a focus on reading and print culture. The
course also examines the impact of digital technology on print
culture and the future of libraries in the digital context.

Robert S. Martin has a home page at http://twu.edu/~f_martin/

The IMLS is an independent federal grantmaking agency which
fosters leadership, innovation and a lifetime of learning by
supporting museums and libraries. It was created by the Museum and
Library Services Act of 1996, which moved federal library programs
from the Department of Education and combined them with the museum
programs of the former Institute of Museum Services. Beverly
Sheppard is currently Acting Director of the IMLS.

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