Senior Library Program Officer
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Sandra Toro, Ph.D., is a Senior Grants Management Specialist in the Office of Library Services, Discretionary Programs, at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). She oversees the Native American and Native Hawaiian Library Services Grant Programs and manages awards for the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program and the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program. She came to the IMLS from the National Science Foundation (NSF), where she was on loan from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Department of Educational Psychology. As a faculty member, she conducted research on science-, art-, and technology-based learning among diverse youth and their families in museums and other sites. She also taught courses in learning and development, the psychology of informal learning contexts, and the psychology of race and ethnicity. At NSF, Sandra was a Program Director in the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL) and the liaison between DRL and the Division of Graduate Education (DGE). In DRL, she oversaw the research panels for the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) Program. Dr. Toro has a B.A. in the history of art and B.F.A in sculpture from Cornell University; a M.A. in museum professions from Seton Hall University; and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Washington.