January 27, 2004
Director, Communications & Public Information
Bertorelli Appointed to National Commission
BOSTON: Commissioner Edward L. Bertorelli of Milford, Massachusetts, has been appointed by President George W. Bush, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be a member of the United States National Commission on Libraries and Information Science.
"I wish to thank President Bush for his nomination and the United States Senate for their approval of my selection as a member of N.C.L.I.S. The national commission will play a vital role in the continued development of library and information resources throughout the United States as we enter a new and challenging era of rapidly changing information technologies and greater threats to our nation's well being," Bertorelli stated.
Established in 1970, the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science is charged with advising the President and Congress on the adequacies and deficiencies of current library and information resources and services, develop overall plans for meeting national library and information needs, and promote research and activities that will extend and improve the Nation's library and information capacity. In establishing the National Commission, the Congress affirmed that adequate library and information services are essential in meeting the information needs of the nation- including the special library and information needs of rural areas, or economically, socially or culturally deprived persons, and of the elderly.
Edward Bertorelli was first appointed to a five-year term as a Commissioner of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners in 1995 by Governor William Weld, and reappointed by to a second five-year term in 2000 by Governor Paul Cellucci. Prior to serving as a Commissioner he was a trustee of the Milford Town Library. Bertorelli served as vice chairman of the Stacy and Memorial School Building Committees, and he is an Incorporator of Milford Whitinsville Hospital. He is a graduate of Assumption College, and has been active in the Massachusetts State Republican Party where he has served as past party Treasurer, Interim Chairman, and as a member of the State Committee and Electoral College nominee in 1996 and 2000.
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.