August 15, 2005
Director, Communications & Public Information
Notice of Public Hearing
Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 30A, notice is hereby given that the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners will hold public hearings and a comment period relative to proposed regulations 605 CMR 7.00: Regional Library Systems.
The proposed regulations specify requirements and disbursement of funding for the Regional Reference Centers, requirements for participation as a member of a Regional Library System, and the structure of the Statewide Advisory Council on Cooperative Library Programs.
The hearings will be held as follows:
Wednesday, September 7, 2005, 10 am at the Weston Public Library, 87 School Street, and
Thursday, September 15, 2005, 10 am at the Palmer Public Library, 1455 North Main Street.
Persons planning to give oral testimony at the hearing are urged to provide a written summary for the record. All persons desiring to submit written statements following the hearings must file the same by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, September 21, 2005, to
Dianne L. Carty
Head, State Aid and Data Coordination
Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
98 North Washington Street, Suite 401
Boston, MA 02114
Copies of the proposed regulations are available by contacting: Bill Morton at the above address, by telephone 1-800-952-7403 or on the Board's Web site.
By order of the Massachusetts 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.