Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Patchen tapped for national post

Jeffrey H. Patchen (right), president and CEO of the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, has been confirmed by the United States Senate as one of three presidential nominees to serve as a member of the National Museum and Library Services Board. The other two are Douglas G. Myers, chief executive officer of the Zoological Society of San Diego, and Lotsee Patterson, professor, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Oklahoma.

The board advises the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), an independent federal agency that is the primary source of federal support for the nation's museums and libraries.

The National Museum and Library Services Board (NMLSB) is a 24-member advisory body that includes the IMLS director and deputy directors for libraries and museums, the chair of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, and 20 presidentially appointed and Senate-confirmed members of the general public who have demonstrated expertise in, or commitment to, library or museum services. The NMLSB advises the IMLS director on general policy and practices, and on selections for the National Awards for Museum and Library Services.

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