February 14, 2005
Director, Communications & Public Information
Salaun Appointed to the Board
BOSTON - Governor Mitt Romney has appointed Emily M. Salaun of Needham to a three-year term on the nine-member Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
"All minds of world's history focus on the library as a center of learning," said Salaun. "The Massachusetts library system endorses this concept of supporting lifelong learning, economic development and a strong democracy. I look forward to this opportunity to support the needs and interests of the Commonwealth's educational and economic base by continuing to provide a quality library system, open to all."
Salaun has had a long time interest in libraries serving as a trustee of the Needham Free Public Library since 1985, and also as a member of the State Advisory Council on Libraries from 1995-1996. Early in her career, Salaun was an editor and columnist with the Boston Record-American & Sunday Advertiser, and for the past 40 years as the public relations director for a number of sports related organizations, among them Henri Salaun Sports, Living Sports International, Massachusetts Squash Association and the New England Tennis Association.
A graduate of Simmons College School of Communications, she is a member of Publicity Club of New England, Boston Children's Hospital League, Needham Town Meeting, and the Needham Republican Town 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.