July 13, 2004
Director, Communications & Public Information
Board Elects New Officers
BOSTON - The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners elected new officers on Thursday, July 8, 2004, to serve for FY2005.
Elected Chairman was John E. Arnold of Westborough; elected Vice Chairman was Dr. Em Claire Knowles of Medford, and elected Secretary was Deborah Hill Bornheimer of Duxbury.
"Libraries transform people at every stage of their lives. Programs and services provided by today's libraries provide important contributions to a community's literacy, education, economic development and citizenship. Through the combined efforts of the library community in Massachusetts, libraries offer and share their resources at a remarkably affordable price - typically pennies on the tax dollar. As Chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, I look forward to continuing the efforts that have transformed today's public library into a community center - a community center for self-improvement and life-long learning."
Arnold is serving his second term on the Board having been appointed a Commissioner by Governor William Weld in 1994. Commissioner Arnold was a library trustee in Westborough from 1977 to 1992 serving as Treasurer or Chairman through his 15 years of service. Prior to his appointment on the Board, he had worked with the Board as a delegate to the 1991 White House Conference on Library and Information Services and as a member of the State Advisory Council on Libraries. He has degrees in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Brown University.
Commissioner Knowles was first appointed to the Board by Acting-Governor Jane Swift in 2002, and is currently the Assistant Dean at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College in Boston. She serves on the boards of the Association of College and Research Libraries, Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Massachusetts Black Librarians' Network, Massachusetts Library Association, New England Library Association, and Reforma-Northeast. She has a BA from the University of California at Davis, a MLS from the University of California at Berkeley, a MPA from California State University in Sacramento, and a DA from Simmons College.
Commissioner Bornheimer was first appointed to the Board by Governor Paul Cellucci in 1998. A long time library supporter, she served as project manager of the Alden Library Project in Duxbury, as the first president of the Duxbury Friends of the Library, Library Trustee, and for 20 years as President of the Duxbury Free Library, Inc. A graduate of Harvard College, she also has her JD from Boston University School of Law. A lawyer and trustee, she is on the board of the Boston Athenaeum and the Americans for Libraries Council, where she chairs the Development Committee.
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.