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Blunt Applauds Selection of Crosby Kemper to Serve as Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services

November 13, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement today praising President Trump’s intent to nominate Crosby Kemper III to serve as Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

“Crosby Kemper’s hard work and dedication have made the Kansas City Public Library one of the best in the nation,” said Blunt. “He has a deep-seated appreciation for the historical, cultural, and educational value museums and libraries have in local communities. For the many years I’ve known Crosby, he’s been actively engaged in numerous civic organizations, all of which have made our state an even better place to live and work. His background in public service and business will be an asset to the Institute of Museum and Library Services. I was proud to recommend him to President Trump for this role and will do everything I can to support his confirmation.”

“Crosby Kemper has a life-long love of books and libraries, with a wealth of experience in configuring library resources for the broad public,” said Elizabeth Broun, Director Emerita of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. “He's well-read on almost every subject, but he wears this erudition lightly and has a great sense of humor, making him a joyful addition to any group. His deep knowledge of history is matched by his keen insight into the future of knowledge itself, and he is a committed advocate for virtual learning. He understands that libraries and museums are above all arenas for joining people with ideas and their authors. He promises to bring a new era of progress to the IMLS and he will be a wonderful addition to Washington's cultural scene.”

Kemper currently serves as the Director of the Kansas City Public Library. Under his leadership, the Kansas City Public Library received the National Medal for Museum and Library Service from IMLS. Kemper co-founded and is chairman of the Show-Me Institute. He previously chaired the Commission on the Future of Higher Education in Missouri and has served on numerous boards, including the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Union Station Kansas City, the Kansas City Symphony, and the Black Archives of Mid-America.

Kemper’s nomination is supported by the American Library Association.

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