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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 30, 2000
CONTACT: David L. Gray
Director, Communications & Public Information
1-800-952-7403, x208
David.L.Gray@state.ma.us

Representatives Appointed to State Advisory Council on Libraries

BOSTON: The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is pleased to announce that it has appointed five new members and reappointed one to a three-year term on the State Advisory Council on Libraries (SACL).

Appointed were Peter Blatchford, Mary Braney, Joseph Dionne, Kathryn Erat, Marie Kascus and reappointed was Madeline Amorosi.

Blatchford of Carver, recently retired as director of treasury administration for Partners Healthcare System, Inc. and was formerly treasurer of the Massachusetts General Hospital, and has considerable experience in budgets, grants, investments and fundraising.

Braney of Spencer is currently a Librarian Media Specialist at the Knox Trail Regional Junior High School in Spencer, as well as a Library Consultant. She is a graduate of Emmanuel College, has a Master of Library Science from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and a Certificate of Advanced Study from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. She is a member of Phi Delta Kappa, and the American Library Association, Massachusetts Library Association, New England Library Association, and the American School Library Media Association.

Dionne of Andover is currently Director of the Haverhill Public Library. He was previously the director of the Lawrence Public Library. Dionne is a graduate of the New School for Social Research and has his Master of Library Science from Simmons College and an MBA from Boston University. He is a member of the American Library Association, Massachusetts Library Association, New England Library Association, as well as several other professional associations.

Erat of Cambridge is a graduate of the College of New Rochelle, and spent her professional life working with computer analysis, system design and programming; most recently as a research associate at Brigham & Women's Hospital. As a life-long user of libraries, Ms. Erat has also served in a number of other civic volunteer roles as a member of the board of the Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services, a member of the Senior Care Coalition of Massachusetts, and a delegate to the UN/NGO Women's Conference in Beijing in 1995.

Kascus of Boston is currently the Director of Library Services at Newbury College in Brookline. Prior to her current position, Ms. Kascus was head of serials and microforms at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT. A graduate of Northeastern University, she has her Master of Library Science from the University of Illinois. She is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Arts program at Simmons College. The author of several books, numerous articles and reviews, she is a member of the Association of College and Research Libraries, the American Library Association and the American Society of Indexers.

Amorosi of West Newton is currently the Branch Head of the soon-to-open new Allston Branch Library of the Boston Public Library. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and has her Masters of Library Science from Simmons College. She is a member of the American Library Association and the Massachusetts Library Association.

SACL is a 16-member board of representatives from all types of libraries, as well as individuals who use them. It acts as an advisory board to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (Board) for administering Federal funds through the Library Services and Technology Act; participates in annual planning and budgeting activities; reviews and evaluates grants and programs that implement the MBLC long-range plan, and makes recommendations for funding to the Board.

 

 

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.

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