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February 14, 2002
CONTACT: David L. Gray
Director, Communications & Public Information
1-800-952-7403, x208

Regional Reference Standards Released

Public Meetings to Be Held

BOSTON: The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners recently adopted 'First Generation' Standards for Regional Reference Centers and has released the 'Second Generation' Standards for comment.

Adopted at its January 3, 2002 Board Meeting, the 'First Generation' Standards had been under development for some time and are based on information collected from all public libraries on the Annual Report Information Survey. These standards are in effect through FY2005 (June 30, 2005). Current reference center libraries must meet these standards by that date.

At its February 7, 2002 Board Meeting, the Board voted to release proposed 'Second Generation' Standards for comment by the library community. These proposed standards would take effect in FY2006 and represent a significant revision from the 'First Generation' Standards. Developed by a Committee that includes regional administrators, directors of regional reference center libraries and chairs of regional reference committees, the proposed "Second Generation" Standards are available at on the Board's Web site.

Public comment meetings on the proposed 'Second Generation' Standards will be held on

Thursday, March 7, 2002, 2 pm, Worcester Public Library , 3 Salem Square, Worcester

Monday, March 11, 2002, 10 am, Middleborough Public Library , 102 N. Main Street, Middleborough

Tuesday, March 12, 2002, 10 am, Peabody Institute Library , 15 Sylvan Street, Danvers

Written comment must be received by Friday, March 15, and addressed to Robert Maier, Deputy Director, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, 648 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02215. To request a printed copy of the documents, please call Alison Wakefield at 1-800-952-7403.

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.

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