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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 20, 2002
CONTACT: David L. Gray
Director, Communications & Public Information
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David.L.Gray@state.ma.us

Seven Appointed to the State Advisory Council on Libraries

BOSTON: The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is pleased to announce that it has appointed Kim Charlson of Watertown, Richard Poisson of Salem, Gail Scanlon of South Hadley, Joan Stern of Cambridge, and reappointed James Sutton of Andover to three-year terms; and William Edge of Needham and Ann McLaughlin of East Falmouth to one-year terms on the State Advisory Council on Libraries (SACL).

Charlson is currently the Director of the Braille and Talking Book Library at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown and will be representing libraries serving those with disabilities. Ms. Charlson has a B.S. from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, and her M.L.S. from the University of North Texas Graduate School of Library & Information Science in Denton, Texas. She has been a contributor to many professional articles and held positions with a great many organizations. She currently is a member of the American Library Association, Association for Education & Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, Massachusetts Library Association and National Braille Association.

Richard Poisson is currently a Senior Information Analyst and serves as assistant manager for digital library licensing for the corporate information center of the MITRE Corporation in Bedford and will be representing special libraries. Mr. Poisson has a B.A. from St. Anselm College, a M.M.A. from the University of Rhode Island, and his M.M.S. from Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. With a long career in various library services, he currently is a member of the Special Library Association, Information New England and NENON (a network of information professionals, sharing experiences in the latest in information management technologies, database management, and search techniques).

Scanlon is currently the co-acting Director of Library, Information and Technology Services at Mount Holyoke College and will be representing academic libraries. Ms. Scanlon received her A.B. from Mt. Holyoke, and her M.L.S. from the University of Albany (New York) School of Information Science and Policy. A Trustee of the South Hadley Free Library, she is also a member of the American Library Association and its division of Association of College & Research Libraries.

Joan Stern is currently the Coordinator of Library Media Services for the Cambridge Public Schools, and will be representing school libraries. Ms. Stern has a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin, a M.A. from the University of Michigan, and her M.L.S. from Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Boston. With more than 18 years of elementary and middle school libraries, she is a member of American Association of School Librarians and the Massachusetts School Library Media Association.

James Sutton is currently the Director of the Memorial Hall Library in Andover, and will be representing public libraries. The current chair of SACL, Mr. Sutton is also the immediate Past President of the Massachusetts Library Association. He holds a A.B. degree from Dartmouth College, a M.A. from Framingham State College, and his M.L.S. from Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. He is a member of American Library Association and the Rotary Club of Andover.

Currently retired, William Edge was most recently the Executive Director of Libraries Online, Inc. in Middletown, Connecticut. He has a B.A. from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, and his M.L.S. from the University of Rhode Island. With many years of library experience as a director and trustee, he will continue his interest in libraries by representing library users.

Ann McLaughlin is currently the Director of the Thomas Crane Public Library in Quincy and will also represent public libraries. Ms. McLaughlin has her B.A. from Simmons College and her M.L.S. from Simmons College Graduate School of Library & Information Science where she was also the recipient of the 2000 Alumni Achievement Award. A member of many community organizations, as well as a frequent conference presenter, Ms. McLaughlin is a member of both the American and Massachusetts Library Associations.

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 (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.

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