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Web Site: News Release Back to News Releases Print News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: David L. Gray Director, Communications & Public Information 1-800-952-7403, x208 Business - Career Services Grants Awarded to 16 Massachusetts Libraries BOSTON: The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the State Advisory Council on Libraries is pleased to announce that it has awarded 16 Business - Career Services Mini-Grants totaling $271,864 to 15 public and 1 academic library across the Commonwealth under the Federal Library Services and Technology Act. (For a complete list of Grant Awardees, see attached list.) These grants are in addition to the $1,795.046 in grants that were announced in October. These grants are designed to assist libraries in providing enhanced service to their patrons by being better positioned and able to address the business and career needs of their local communities. The libraries will use their grants to develop collections, conduct training, and implement programming around business and career information. 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. CITY/TOWN LIBRARY AMOUNT Boston Emmanuel College $11,586 Easthampton Emily Williston Memorial Library $20,000 Foxboro Boyden Library $15,000 Franklin Franklin Public Library $18,000 Leominster Leominster Public Library $11,000 Monson Monson Free Library $14,000 Newton Newton Free Library $20,000 Peabody Peabody Institute Library $20,000 Plainville Plainville Public Library $20,000 Quincy Thomas Crane Public Library $20,000 Reading Reading Public Library $14,878 Shirley Hazen Memorial Library $20,000 Shrewsbury Shrewsbury Public Library $16,000 Walpole Walpole Public Library $12,000 Worcester Worcester Public Library $19,400 Yarmouth Yarmouth Public Library $20,000   The Board of Library Commissioners ( 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. Back to News Releases
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