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Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 14, 2002
CONTACT: David L. Gray
Director, Communications & Public Information
1-800-952-7403, x208
David.L.Gray@state.ma.us

Diane Wallace Appointed to State Advisory Council on Libraries

BOSTON: The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is pleased to announce that it has appointed Diane E. Wallace of Brockton to a three-year term on the State Advisory Council on Libraries (SACL).

Wallace is currently Coordinator of Library Services at the Brockton Hospital Medical Library, as well as the Chair of the Brockton Public Library Board of Trustees. She is a graduate of both Massasoit Community and Bridgewater State colleges, and will be representing "Institutional" libraries on SACL.

SACL is a 16-member board representing 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 Board's 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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