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Web Site: News Release Back to News Releases Print News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 4, 2001 CONTACT: David L. Gray Director, Communications & Public Information 1-800-952-7403, x208 New Trustee Handbook Issued Every public library trustee and director in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts recently received a copy of the new 2000 Edition of the Massachusetts Public Library Trustee Handbook. Contained in a three-ring binder of more than 200 pages, the handbook contains chapters on Becoming a Trustee Board Organization Legal Responsibilities Policy Making Planning Library Personnel Budgeting and Financial Management Fundraising Advocacy Friends and Volunteers Technology Construction and Renovation Massachusetts Public Library Service Continuing Education/Library Associations For the past two years a committee, appointed by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), and consisting of Commissioners and staff, representatives of the Massachusetts Library Trustee Association (MLTA), public library trustees, library directors and regional library staff, has worked diligently on this handbook. During November and December 2000, a series of Trustee Handbook Orientations was held throughout the state with more than 225 people attending. Trustee orientations were held at the Ayer Public Library, Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield, Billerica Public Library, Eldredge Public Library in Chatham, Greenfield Public Library, Palmer Public Library, Weston Public Library, West Branch Library in Brockton, and the Wrentham Public Library. "The purpose of these Trustee Handbook Orientations was to call attention to the publication of the revised trustee handbook," says Maureen Killoran, head of the MBLC's Public Library Advisory Unit/Government Liaison. MBLC commissioners and staff, representatives of MLTA and members of the Trustee Handbook Committee made presentations on the following areas: history and process of the handbook, role of trustees, personnel, planning, advocacy, MBLC reference library services, use of the handbook and important up-coming events for trustees. For more information about the Massachusetts Public Library Trustees Handbook, contact Sharon Zitser, Public Library Advisory Unit Assistant, at     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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