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Senate Confirms Dean Winston Tabb’s Appointment to National Museum and Library Services Board

June 25, 2010
MEDIA CONTACT: Brian Shields

The United States Senate this week confirmed the appointment of Winston Tabb, Sheridan Dean of University Libraries and Museums at Johns Hopkins, to the National Museum and Library Services Board.

Tabb was nominated to the board by President Obama in January and is one of five individuals confirmed by the Senate to serve as an advisor to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on general policy and practices, and on selections for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The board includes the IMLS director and deputy directors, and 20 members of the general public with demonstrated expertise and commitment to libraries or museums.

Winston Tabb

Winston Tabb

IMLS Acting Director Marsha L. Semmel said, “Our nation’s museums and public libraries are vital community resources that are more relevant than ever in this time of profound learning change. The new members’ experience and know-how will be invaluable to IMLS in its mission to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.”

The National Museum and Library Services Board is the advisory body for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The institute works to create strong libraries and museums through programming at the national level, and in coordination with state and local organizations.

As the Sheridan dean of libraries and museums, Tabb directs the integration of new information technologies throughout the university’s libraries and, as head of the University Libraries Council, leads and coordinates Johns Hopkins’ entire system of libraries, which includes the Welch Medical Library and its satellite libraries; the Mason Library at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.; the Friedheim Library at the Peabody Institute; the downtown Baltimore center; and information services at the Applied Physics Lab. He is also director of the Sheridan Libraries, which include the Milton S. Eisenhower Library on the Homewood campus; the George Peabody Library at Mount Vernon Place in Baltimore; the John Work Garrett Library at Evergreen Museum & Library; the Hutzler Reading Room in Gilman Hall; and the libraries at the Johns Hopkins regional campuses in Washington, D.C.; Rockville, Md.; and Columbia, Md. Tabb also oversees Homewood Museum and Evergreen Museum & Library—both of which are integral to the academic life of the university as well as open to the public for tours, arts exhibitions, concerts, and other events.

Appointed Vice Provost for the Arts in 2005, Tabb undertook responsibility for the implementation of the recommendations of the Homewood Arts Task Force, which he chaired, and for coordination of efforts to extend its work beyond Homewood and across the university. Tabb has led in the development of funding for arts initiatives and building relationships with arts organizations in the greater Baltimore community.

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Tabb served at the Library of Congress for more than 30 years, ultimately serving as Associate Librarian of Congress for Library Services. He holds a degree in library science from Simmons College, a master’s degree from Harvard University, and a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Baptist University.

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