October 25, 2000
Director, Communications & Public Information
Federal Grants Awarded to 92 Massachusetts Libraries
BOSTON: The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is pleased to announce that it has awarded grants totaling $1,795.046 to 92 public, academic, school and special libraries and regional library networks across the Commonwealth under the Federal Library Services and Technology Act. (For a complete list of Grant Awardees, see list.)
These grants will be used to implement projects that will train adults in the use of the library's computers and electronic resources; offer programs for young children, their parents and caregivers; promote cross-cultural understanding; improve customer service; assist adult literacy students; train librarians via the Web; and help to preserve library's valuable historical records.
The Library Services and Technology Act is a Federal program administered in Massachusetts by the Board of Library Commissioners. The Board of Library Commissioners, a nine-member Board is appointed by the Governor and is the agency of state government with the statutory authority and responsibility to organize, develop, coordinate, regulate and improve library services throughout the Commonwealth. LSTA funds are appropriated by Congress and the President in order to stimulate excellence in library service and to promote access to learning and information resources for all individuals. LSTA is administered at the Federal level by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The Board of Library Commissioners (mass.gov/mblc) is the agency of state government with the statutory authority and responsibility to organize, develop, coordinate and improve library services throughout the Commonwealth. The Board advises municipalities and library trustees on the operation and maintenance of public libraries, including construction and renovation. It administers state and federal grant programs for libraries and promotes cooperation among all types of libraries through regional library systems and automated resource sharing. It also works to ensure that all residents of the Commonwealth, regardless of their geographic location, social or economic status, age, level of physical or intellectual ability or cultural background, have access to essential new electronic information technologies and significant electronic databases.