November 21, 2001
Director, Communications & Public Information
David Cohen Honored by Commissioners
BOSTON: The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is pleased to announce that Newton Mayor David Cohen, was honored on Tuesday, November 20, 2001, at the mayor's office for his advocacy and service to libraries throughout the Commonwealth.
Since 1998 Mayor Cohen has served as the mayor of Newton where he has been a strong supporter of the Newton Free Library. Prior to becoming mayor of Newton, Mr. Cohen served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives for more than 20 years where he sponsored legislation for "A Strategic Plan for the Future of Library Services in Massachusetts." He has watched with pride as the Newton Free Library has added new services and its use by Newton citizens has skyrocketed. Most recently, he hosted a kickoff event to launch the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Public Awareness Campaign.
The presentation was made by Keith Michael Fiels, Director of the Masssachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, along with Kathy Glick-Weil, Director of the Newton Free Library.
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.