News Release

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
Web Site: mass.gov/mblc

News Release



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 6, 2001
CONTACT: David L. Gray
Director, Communications & Public Information
1-800-952-7403, x208
David.L.Gray@state.ma.us

$240,000 in State Grants Awarded

BOSTON: The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is pleased to announce that it has awarded grants totaling $240,000 to the Regional Library Systems and Library Networks across the Commonwealth.

"These grants will be used to add or load holdings from libraries with stand-alone catalog systems to library catalogs that are part of the statewide virtual catalog, and to offset the cost of telecommunications hardware for libraries joining a network for the first time or upgrading their connectivity bandwidth," said Keith Michael Fiels, director. "This means that over the next year, many thousands of additional books and other library materials will be listed on our statewide catalog, and libraries will be able to add additional online catalog and Internet terminals. Libraries are the public's single most important source of Internet access for those without computers," he continued.

The Networks and Regions receiving these grants are:

Networks/Regions

Award

Amount

Boston Regional Library System, Boston

MARC Conversion

 

$13,138

 

Cape Libraries Automated Resource Sharing, Hyannis

MARC Conversion

Network Connections

$11,363

$9,303

Central Massachusetts Regional Library System, Shrewsbury

MARC Conversion

$13,138

Central/Western Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing, Paxton

MARC Conversion

Network Connections

$13,137

$28,334

MetroBoston Library Network, Boston

MARC Conversion

$13,137

Metrowest Massachusetts Regional Library System, Waltham

MARC Conversion

$13,138

Minuteman Library Network, Natick

MARC Conversion

Network Connections

$13,137

$12,633

North of Boston Library Exchange, Danvers

MARC Conversion

Network Connections

$10,400

$18,735

Old Colony Library Network, Braintree

MARC Conversion

$13,137

SAILS, Middleborough

MARC Conversion

Network Connections

$13,137

$30,995

Southeastern Massachusetts Regional Library System, Lakeville

MARC Conversion

$13,138

 

 

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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