November 11, 2005
Director, Communications & Public Information
Dibble Appointed Commissioner
BOSTON - Katherine K. Dibble of Roslindale has been appointed by Governor Mitt Romney to the nine-member Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
"I have spent my working life in libraries and my non-working life using libraries," says Dibble. "Massachusetts is fortunate to have strong libraries but there is always more that can be done to ensure that excellent library service is available to all residents in all kinds of libraries, and I am pleased to have the opportunity to be able to help."
Dibble has had a long career in libraries with the Boston Public Library where she began in 1966 at the Hyde Park Branch. Through the years she worked as an adult, library loan and research librarian. Most recently she was the Director of Public Services from 1999 to 2003 when she retired. Among her professional memberships are the American Library Association, Association of College and Research Libraries, and City-Wide Friends of the Boston Public Library. She has also served as President and other capacities with the Boston Chapter of the Women's National Books Association, as well as a Trustee of the French Library and Cultural Center in Boston, and is currently a Board Member of the Boston Women's Heritage Trail.
A graduate of Yankton College in South Dakota, she has her Master of Library Science from the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Library Science.
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.