Five Appointed to the State Advisory Council on Libraries

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
Web Site: mass.gov/mblc

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 20, 2004
CONTACT: David L. Gray
Director, Communications & Public Information
1-800-952-7403, x208
David.L.Gray@state.ma.us

BOSTON: The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is pleased to announce that it has reappointedJanice Finkelstein of East Longmeadow, Owen Smith Shuman of Groton and Ann Montgomery Smith of Dartmouth, and appointed Josephine Napolitano of Methuen and Irving Zangwill of Fall River to three-year terms on the State Advisory Council on Libraries (SACL).

Finkelstein will be representing library users, and is the current president and founder of Corporate/Community Partnerships, a consulting firm specializing in strategic planning and leadership development for nonprofits. In her consulting work she has worked with a number of public libraries on their strategic plans, fundraising and community relations efforts. She has a M.A. in Medical Anthropology from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, and a B.S. in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Shuman will be representing public libraries, and is currently the Director of the Groton Public Library where she oversaw the expansion and renovation of the library, as well as working to set up an endowment fund. She has served on the Strategic Communications, Chair of Legislative Breakfast Committee, and is a past Board member for Central Massachusetts Regional Library System. She has a M.S. in Library Science from Simmons College, and a B.A. in English Literature from Florida State University in Tallahassee.

Smith will be representing academic libraries, and is currently the Interim Dean of Library Services for the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. In addition to participating in the training of librarians, she has written and reviewed many grant proposals, as well as being fluent in Spanish. She is the author of Por que lo hacemos asi, published by the National Library of Peru, where she will be giving workshops in October on the evaluation of databases and the assessment of library services. She has a M.A. in Education from the University of Connecticut, a M.L.S. from Simmons College, and both a M.A. and B.A. from Radcliffe College.

Napolitano will also be representing library users, and is currently Secretary of the Nevins Memorial Library Board of Trustees, on the Methuen Scholarship Foundation and the MCAS Assessment Development Committee of the Massachusetts Department of Education. A retired teacher of the Methuen Public Schools, she has a M.Ed. School Administration and M.A.T. in Geography and Non-Western History from Salem State College, and a B.A. from Lowell State.

Zangwill will also be representing library users, and is currently the Chair of the Fall River Public Library Board of Trustees, President of the Fall River Public Library Foundation, and on the Executive Board of the Friends of the Fall River Public Library. He is also the President of the Massachusetts Library Trustees Association. A retired teacher of the Fall River Public Schools, he has a C.A.G.S. in Education from Boston University, his M.Ed. in Education from Bridgewater State College, and a B.A. in Psychology from UMass/Dartmouth.

SACL is a 16-member board of representatives from all types of libraries, as well as individuals who use them. It acts as an advisory board to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (Board) for administering Federal funds through the Library Services and Technology Act; participates in annual planning and budgeting activities; reviews and evaluates grants and programs that implement the MBLC long-range plan, and makes recommendations for funding to the Board.

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.

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