November 7, 2001
Director, Communications & Public Information
Kronholm and Raynard Re-appointed to State Advisory Council on Libraries
BOSTON: The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is pleased to announce that it has re-appointed Mary N. Kronholm of Blandford and Shirley Raynard of Middleton to three-year terms on the State Advisory Council on Libraries (SACL).
Kronholm is chair of the trustees of the Porter Memorial Library in Blandford, and the recently elected president of the Massachusetts Library Trustee Association (MLTA). In addition she is the Western Region Director of MLTA and has served on its Legislative Breakfast Committee and as vice president. Since 1985, Kronholm has worked for the Music Department of Westfield State College, and as a reporter for The Country Journal in Huntington. In speaking about her re-appointment, she said, "Libraries are near and dear to my heart, and I consider myself an advocate for all libraries, but especially small libraries... Needs of small libraries are similar yet vastly different from those of large city entities and I believe I can successfully assist the SACL in exploring and validating those needs."
Raynard was most recently the Law Librarian for the Essex County Correctional Facility in Middleton, as well as a librarian for the Flint Public Library in Middleton from 1974 to 1996. A graduate of Boston University, she has served as a library consultant, as well as a teacher and social worker. As a long-time library user, Raynard says, "I am very happy to be able to continue to offer my perspective to this most important state advisory board."
SACL is a 16-member board of representatives from all types of libraries, as well as individuals who use them. It acts as an advisory board to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners for administering Federal funds through the Library Services and Technology Act; participates in annual planning and budgeting activities; reviews and evaluates grants and programs that implement the MBLC long-range plan, and makes recommendations for funding to the Board.
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.