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Web Site: News Release Back to News Releases Print News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 7, 2002 CONTACT: David L. Gray Director, Communications & Public Information 1-800-952-7403, x208 Six Massachusetts Libraries Placed on Construction Waiting List BOSTON: The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is pleased to announce that it has placed six additional projects for General Construction Grants totaling $11,199,707 to the existing waiting list for the 2000-2001 Grant Round. A General Project may be either a project to construct a new facility, an addition/renovation to an existing building that may or may not add space but does involve a significant reorganization of functional space, or a joint library project that will involve construction of a facility by two or more municipalities. Applications were reviewed based on the following evaluative criteria as stated in the regulations (605 CMR 6.08 (6)), application and review sheet: General Overview, Project Information, Needs Assessment, Planning Process, Building Program and Its Relation to Project, Project Design, Financial, Site and Exterior Design, Library Services (Adult, Children, Staff Member, and Custodian), and Overall Assessment. These awards take into account the ranking of projects by outside reviewers, the distribution of projects by community size, and a measure of economic hardship based on an equalized valuation (EQV) per capita factor. The projects are listed in numerical order. No. Municipality Library Award 36 Boxborough Sargent Memorial Library $1,588,634 37 Revere Revere Public Library $2,581,232 38 Douglas Simon Fairfield Public Library $1,778,970 39 Charlton Charlton Public Library $2,413,314 40 Barnstable Marstons Mills Public Library $1,733,557 41 Northampton Lilly Library $1,104,000 Total $11,199,707 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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