Statement of Robin L. Dale, Deputy Director for Library Services, Institute of Museum and Library Services Before the Committee on House Administration
Transforming GPO for the 21st Century and Beyond: Part 4 – Federal Depository Library Program
October 11, 2017
Good morning Chairman Harper, Ranking Member Brady, and Members of the Committee. On behalf of Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, I want to thank you for this invitation to submit testimony before the House Committee on Administration as you examine the modernization of the Government Publishing Office (GPO).
I first would like to take a moment to give you a brief overview of IMLS, where I serve as Deputy Director for Library Services. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the Federal agency with primary responsibility for ensuring the availability of museum, library, and information services to meet the essential needs of the people of the United States. IMLS is an independent grant-making agency and the primary source of Federal support for the nation’s approximately 120,000 libraries and 35,000 museums and related organizations. Of the $231 million appropriated to IMLS in Fiscal Year 2017, $215.3 million was directly awarded to eligible institutions to support museum, library, and information services. The agency carries out
its mission through grant-making, research and data collection, and leveraging our investments through strategic Federal, state, and local partnerships.
IMLS was created with the passage of the Museum and Library Services Act of 1996 which, as amended, authorizes the agency to award financial assistance, collect data, form strategic partnerships, and advise the President, Congress, and other Federal agencies on museum, library, and information services. The agency consolidates Federal library and information services programs dating back to 1956, and Federal museum programs dating back to 1976.
IMLS ensures critical access to and development of library services throughout the United States, its territories, and Native American tribes, pursuant to the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), 20 U.S.C. 9121 et seq. IMLS also supports critical library services initiatives that facilitate innovation and workforce development through competitive grant programs.