February 3, 2003
Director, Communications & Public Information
Revised Regulations for Regional Library Systems Adopted
BOSTON: The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners have adopted revised Regulations for Regional Library Systems (C.M.R. 7:00).
Adopted at the board meeting on January 9, 2003, these regulations deal with regional reference services, eligibility for regional membership and the designation of a Statewide Advisory Council on Cooperative Library Programs. Following a formal regulatory process that began in November of 2002 and included five public hearings, the Regulations were printed in the Massachusetts Register on Friday, January 31, 2003.
The revised Regulations can be found on the Board's Web site.
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.