September 4, 2003
Director, Communications & Public Information
Hopkins Re-Appointed to Board
BOSTON - Joseph S. Hopkins of Amherst was re-appointed to a five-year term as a Commissioner on the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners by Governor Mitt Romney this week to sit on the nine-member Board.
"Library services are in greater demand now more than ever during these tight fiscal times as people turn to the library for job information, computer access, children's programs, reading material and other materials for which they can no longer afford to pay," said Hopkins. "I am honored to have been re-appointed by Governor Romney to the Board, and am very proud to be able to continue to serve as Chairman."
A former librarian, Hopkins retired as Head Librarian of the Worcester Free Public Library in 1991 after 21 years. Prior to that, he was also the director of the Watertown Public Library, and in Pennsylvania, the Meadville Public Library. A graduate of Boston University, he also received his MA in Library Science from Simmons College.
In addition to his work with the Board, Hopkins has also served as President of the Massachusetts Library Association, and Trustee and President of the Board of Library Trustees for the Saline District Library in Michigan.
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.