Associate Deputy Director for Library Services
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

Robert Horton started at the IMLS in November, 2011, and is responsible for the management of the discretionary grant programs in the Office of Library Services. Prior to coming to the IMLS, he was state archivist and director of the library, publications and collections division at the Minnesota Historical Society. Among other activities, he was on the advisory boards of the College of St. Catherine’s Library and Information School; the Legacy Tobacco Document Library at the University of California San Francisco; and chaired the Center for Legislative Archives’ Descriptive Practices Working Group. Horton has worked most closely with digital content and electronic records projects, directing the Society’s National Digital Information and Infrastructure Preservation Program initiative, working with legislative digital content and its preservation; the immigrant oral history online project, funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services; Minnesota’s participation in the National Newspaper Digitization Program, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities; and the digitization of Swedish language newspapers, in collaboration with the National Library of Sweden.