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July 17, 2002
CONTACT: David L. Gray
Director, Communications & Public Information
1-800-952-7403, x208

More Than $1.9 Million Awarded to 70 Massachusetts Libraries & Networks

BOSTON: The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is pleased to announce $1,980,873 in grants has been awarded to 70 public, academic, school, special libraries and regional library networks across the Commonwealth under the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). (See a complete list of Grant Awardees [PDF] and Abstracts)

"These grants will be used to implement projects to train adults in the use of the library's computers and electronic resources; offer programs for young children, their parents and caregivers; promote cross-cultural understanding; improve customer service; assist adult literacy students; train librarians via the Web; and help to preserve library's valuable historical records," said Keith Michael Fiels, Director.

Grants were awarded in 12 categories:

  • Community Languages

  • Customer Service

  • Discovery Kits

  • Early Childhood

  • Information Literacy

  • Management of Special Collections

  • Mother Goose Asks Why

  • Network System Upgrade

  • Open Projects

  • Preservation Survey

  • School Library Incentive

  • Serving People with Disabilities

LSTA is administered on the Federal level by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and in the Commonwealth by the Massachusetts by the Board of Library Commissioners.

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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