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January 4, 2005
CONTACT: David L. Gray
Director, Communications & Public Information
1-800-952-7403, x208

Economic Value of Today's Public Library to be Discussed

The Economic Value of Today's Public Library: Or the Relevance of Public Libraries and the Justification of Spending Tax Revenue to Support Them. Why Must We Care? What Must We Do to Help Our Libraries Survive?, are just some of the topics to be covered in two sessions offered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Join MBLC Chairman John Arnold for a dynamic presentation of the "Economic Value of Today's Public Library", followed by a one-hour interactive audience discussion on "What must we do to help our libraries survive?" Come prepared to share your ideas on this topic at this workshop that is open to library staff, trustees and Friends of Libraries.

Two identical sessions have been scheduled for February.

Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Holiday Inn, 242 Adams Place, Boxborough

Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Best Western Yankee Drummer Inn, 624 Southbridge Street, Auburn

The workshops are free, however, registration is required. Each session is limited to 75 - so register early. To register, contact Maureen Killoran, MBLC Head of Public Library Advisory Unit/Government Liaison, by email at

The Board of Library Commissioners ( 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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