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Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 21, 2005
CONTACT: David L. Gray
Director, Communications & Public Information
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David.L.Gray@state.ma.us

Six Appointed to the State Advisory Council on Libraries

BOSTON: The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is pleased to announce that it has reappointed Kim Charlson of Watertown, Richard Poisson of Salem, Gail Scanlon of South Hadley, Joan Stern of Cambridge, and Diane Wallace of Brockton, and appointed Thomas Standring of Danvers to three-year terms on the State Advisory Council on Libraries (SACL).

Charlson is the current Director of the Braille and Talking Book Library at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown and will be representing libraries serving those with disabilities. Ms. Charlson has a B.S. from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, and her M.L.S. from the University of North Texas Graduate School of Library & Information Science in Denton, Texas. She has been a contributor to many professional articles and held positions with a great many organizations. She currently is a member of the American Library Association, Association for Education & Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, Massachusetts Library Association and National Braille Association.

Richard Poisson is currently a Senior Information Analyst and serves as assistant manager for digital library licensing for the corporate information center of the MITRE Corporation in Bedford and will be representing special libraries. Mr. Poisson has a B.A. from St. Anselm College, a M.M.A. from the University of Rhode Island, and his M.M.S. from Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. With a long career in various library services, he currently is a member of the Special Library Association, Information New England and NENON (a network of information professionals, sharing experiences in the latest in information management technologies, database management, and search techniques).

Scanlon is currently the Director of Access Services and Technology Services at Mount Holyoke College and will be representing academic libraries. Ms. Scanlon received her A.B. from Mt. Holyoke, and her M.L.S. from the University of Albany (New York) School of Information Science and Policy. A Trustee of the South Hadley Free Library, she is also a member of the American Library Association and its division of Association of College & Research Libraries.

Stern is currently the Coordinator of Library Media Services for the Cambridge Public Schools, and will be representing school libraries. Ms. Stern has a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin, a M.A. from the University of Michigan, and her M.L.S. from Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Boston. With more than 18 years of elementary and middle school libraries, she is a member of American Association of School Librarians and the Massachusetts School Library Media Association.

Wallace is currently the Director of the Bacon Free Library in South Natick and will be representing public libraries. Previously she was Coordinator of Library Services at the Brockton Hospital Medical Library, as well as the Chair of the Brockton Public Library Board of Trustees.

Standring is owner of Independent Business Forms Distribution in Beverly and will be representing library users. An advocate of libraries, he is presently a Chairman of the Trustees of the Peabody Institute Library in Danvers, as well as a member of the Board of the Northeast Massachusetts Regional Library System. He has his Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University and an MBA from Northeastern University.

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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