January 10, 2001
Director, Communications & Public Information
Board Holds Meeting to Discuss Strategic Plan
The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners will be holding a state-wide open meeting on Thursday, January 11, 2001, at 10 a.m. at the Morse Institute Library, 14 East Central Street, Natick, to discuss its Strategic Plan and the impact the plan has had on library services throughout the Commonwealth.
Among the items to be discussed will be library networks, virtual catalog, state-wide digital library and regional interloan services. Members of the library community will also be present to share how the Strategic Plan has affected libraries and library users, as well as how present and future funding has and will impact these services.
Following this special meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners will hold it's regularly-scheduled January Board Meeting at 1 p.m. All regularly-scheduled board meetings are open to the public and allow for public comment.
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.