October 4, 2002
Director, Communications & Public Information
Maier Named Director
Following a nationwide search, Robert Maier of Salem was appointed Director of the Board yesterday.
Boston - Commissioner Joseph Hopkins, Chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, announced yesterday the appointment of Robert C. Maier of Salem as the new Director of the Board.
"It is a great pleasure to be able to announce the appointment of Robert Maier as our new director," said Mr. Hopkins. "Our Search Committee did an excellent job of screening candidates, and Mr. Maier's experience and in-depth knowledge of the library community within Massachusetts made him our unanimous choice."
For the past 11 years, Maier has been head of the Board's Library Development unit where he has been responsible for the planning, implementing and evaluating of both the state and federal library grant programs, as well as the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program.
"I am well aware of the challenges that libraries face due to the recent loss of funding," said Mr. Maier. "I welcome the opportunity to lead the effort in turning these challenges into opportunities, by telling the stories of libraries, by finding new advocates for library services, and by planning so that libraries and our agency can continue providing the resources needed."
A graduate of Union College in Schenectady, New York, Maier also has his M.L.S. from the University of Rhode Island Graduate Library School. Prior to his work with the Board, Mr. Maier was the director of the Bedford, Massachusetts, Free Public Library, as well as working as a librarian in the Cranston, Rhode Island, Public Library System.
He is a member of the American Library Association, Massachusetts Library Association, New England Library Association and Beta Phi Mu.
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.