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Web Site: News Release Back to News Releases Print News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 7, 2002 CONTACT: David L. Gray Director, Communications & Public Information 1-800-952-7403, x208 Representatives Appointed to State Advisory Council on Libraries BOSTON: The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is pleased to announce that it has appointed three new members to a terms on the State Advisory Council on Libraries (SACL) that will expire on September 30, 2004. Appointed were Janice Finkelstein of East Longmeadow, Owen Shuman of Groton, and Ann Montgomery Smith of New Bedford. Finkelstein will be representing library users, and is the current president and founder of Corporate/Community Partnerships, a consulting firm specializing in strategic planning and leadership development for nonprofits. In her consulting work she has worked with a number of public libraries on their strategic plans, fundraising and community relations efforts. She has a M.A. in Medical Anthropology from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, and a B.S. in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Shuman will be representing public libraries, and is currently the Director of the Groton Public Library where she oversaw the expansion and renovation of the library, as well as working to set up an endowment fund. She has a M.S. in Library Science from Simmons College, and a B.A. in English Literature from Florida State University in Tallahassee. Smith will be representing academic libraries, and is currently the Interim Dean of Library Services for the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. In addition to participating in the training of librarians, she has written and reviewed many grant proposals, as well as being fluent in Spanish. She has a M.A. in Education from the University of Connecticut, a M.L.S. from Simmons College, and both a M.A. and B.A. from Radcliffe College. 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 (Board) 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 ( 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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