July 9, 2004
Director, Communications & Public Information
More Than $1.3 Million Awarded to 64 Massachusetts Libraries & Networks
BOSTON: The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is pleased to announce $1,325,176 in grants has been awarded to 64 public, academic, school, special libraries and regional library networks across the Commonwealth under the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). (See a complete list of Grant Awardees and Abstracts)
"These grants will be used to implement projects to offer programs for young children, their parents and caregivers; promote cross-cultural understanding; build stronger communities; improve customer service; assist adult literacy students; provide advanced library automation services, and help to preserve valuable historical records in our libraries," said Robert C. Maier, Director.
Grants were awarded in 15 categories:
- After School Reading
- Community Languages
- Customer Service and Marketing the Library
- Digitizing Historical Resources: Management of Special Collections
- Discovery Kits
- Information Literacy
- Manuscript Arrangement and Description: Management of Special Collections
- Mother Goose Asks "Why?"
- Network Connections and Servers
- On the Same Page
- Open Projects
- Preservation of Library and Archival Materials: Management of Special Collections
- Preservation Survey
- School Library Incentive
- Small Libraries in Networks
LSTA is administered on the federal level by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and in the Commonwealth by the Massachusetts by the Board of Library Commissioners.
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.