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Web Site: News Release Back to News Releases Print News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 6, 2001 CONTACT: David L. Gray Director, Communications & Public Information 1-800-952-7403, x208 $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 ( 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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