For immediate release | January 9, 2020

U.S. Senate Confirms ALA Member Crosby Kemper III as New IMLS Director

The U.S. Senate today confirmed the nomination of American Library Association (ALA) member and Kansas City Public Library CEO Crosby Kemper III as Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums.

“ALA congratulates Crosby Kemper on his new position as Director of IMLS,” said ALA President Wanda Brown. “We are excited to work with a proven library leader to head the federal agency charged with equipping our nation’s 120,000 libraries as centers of lifelong learning, research and innovation.

“Confirming a new IMLS director so quickly shows the high regard in which elected leaders hold libraries as places of opportunity for all Americans. Mr. Kemper is the right leader right now to enable experts at IMLS to administer programs that benefit every single community, from its Grants to States to its specialized grants promoting workforce development to research collaborations between universities and schools to accessible content for people with print disabilities.

Missouri Library Association President Cynthia Dudenhoffer said, “Crosby Kemper is a luminary amongst Missouri Libraries. He is an exceptional leader with strong business acumen and innovative ideas. There is no better choice to lead the IMLS.”


Shawnda Hines

Assistant Director, Communications

American Library Association

Public Policy and Advocacy