Alumna named to head national library, museum institute.

Kathryn Matthew ’76

President Obama has appointed 1976 Mount Holyoke College alumna Kathryn “Kit” Matthew as director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Matthew will serve a four-year term as head of IMLS, an independent US government agency that is the primary source of federal support for America’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Its mission, according to a statement, is “to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement.”

“I am eager to begin my work at IMLS to help to sustain strong libraries and museums that convene our communities around heritage and culture, advance critical-thinking skills, and connect families, researchers, students, and job seekers to information,” said Matthew in a statement announcing her Senate confirmation.

Matthew trained as a scientist, then built a 30-year career in curatorial, collections-management, research, and managerial roles for a variety of museums. They include the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, where she served as executive director. She also has done corporate-sector work with firms such as Reebok, Unilever, and Blackbaud.

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