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Bondurant Community Library and the State Library of Iowa welcomes IMLS staffer

Institute of Museum and Library Services representative, Timothy Owens from Washington D.C. visited the Bondurant Community Library Thursday, August 18th for a tour of the library.
Bondurant Community Library and the State Library of Iowa welcomes IMLS staffer

Pictured at the Bondurant Community Library are from left to right: Karen Burkett-Pederson, BCL Library Director; Sandy Dixon, program director for Library Development, State Library of Iowa; Timothy Owens, IMLS Representative; Mary Wegner, State Librari

Just how does the State Library use federal funds?

That's what Timothy Owens from the Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS), Washington, DC, was in Iowa to find out.  Owens was visiting the State Library August 16-18 for site visits.  He also traveled to other libraries around the state that have important programs paid for with federal Library Services and Technology (LSTA) funds through IMLS.

Owens was studying State Library documents and visiting with consultants who are in charge of programs and services funded by LSTA money.  Those include SILO, youth services, continuing education, e-rate, databases and other discounts, the Iowa Center for the Book and standards/accreditation.  Other LSTA programs include building consulting and services for those having difficulty using library services.

Wednesday afternoon and Thursday, Owens; Sandy Dixon, program director for Library Development; and Mary Wegner, State Librarian; visited Wellsburg Public Library, Northeast Iowa Community College, and Decorah and Bondurant public libraries.