SHLB Supports Board Member Crosby Kemper III as New IMLS Director Nominee
November 14, 2019


For Immediate Release

Alicja Johnson

Washington, D.C. (November 14, 2019) - Today the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition voiced strong support for Crosby Kemper III’s nomination to become the director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Kemper has served as director of the Kansas City Public Library since 2005, leading it to receive the IMLS Gold Medal for Libraries. Kemper currently sits on the SHLB Coalition board of directors, and served as SHLB Board Chairman from January 2017 to July 2019.

“IMLS helps libraries and museums transform the lives of individuals and communities, and I cannot think of anyone better suited to lead this vitally important federal agency than Crosby Kemper,” said John Windhausen Jr., executive director of the SHLB Coalition. “Crosby’s business skills and leadership have enabled the SHLB Coalition and the Kansas City Public Library to serve their missions of ensuring access to information for all.  Museums and libraries need affordable high-quality broadband to serve their patrons and their communities, and we believe that as head of IMLS Crosby will improve the connectivity of every library and museum in the country.”


About SHLB:
The SHLB Coalition is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) advocacy organization that supports open, affordable, high-quality broadband connections for anchor institutions and their surrounding communities. The SHLB Coalition is based in Washington, D.C. and has a diverse membership of commercial and non-commercial organizations from across the United States. To learn more, visit


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