Berkeley Public Library nominated for national award

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Berkeley Public Library was nominated Thursday for an annual national library award, allowing for the possibility of future grants and funding.

The library was nominated by Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, for the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The award is sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, or IMLS, a national organization that provides federal grants to museums and libraries.

IMLS also sponsors research and data collection in collaboration with member libraries and museums. Data include annual information about library visits, operating revenues and public service hours.

In the wake of former library director Jeff Scott’s resignation, the library has appointed an acting director — Sarah Dentan — who assumed the position last week.

The nomination “shows recognition of (the) programs and services to the citizens of Berkeley,” Dentan said in a press release.

Winners will be chosen at a conference in Washington, D.C., in May.

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