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January 10, 2006
CONTACT: David L. Gray
Director, Communications & Public Information
1-800-952-7403, x208

The 6th Annual Trustees Symposium to be Held on Saturday, February 11, 2006

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and The Massachusetts Library Trustees Association will present the 6th Annual Trustees Symposium on Saturday, February 11, 2006, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., at the Holiday Inn in Boxborough.

The Trustee Symposium is free, but registration is required. All library trustees are invited, and coffee and lunch will be provided.

Dr. Rockie Blunt of Blunt Consulting Group, a communications consultant and trainer, will lead a workshop on "Group Decision Making Skills for Library Trustees". Dr. Blunt has made many lively and informative presentations to library groups throughout the state. This workshop will address the question, "How do individuals, who represent differing backgrounds, personalities and points of view, come together to make decisions that are in the best interests of the library they serve?" This interactive, hands-on session will provide participants with decision- making tools that they can use in working with their library boards.

Welcoming remarks will be made by John Arnold, Chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Cindy Schatz, President of the Massachusetts Library Trustees Association, will update trustees on MLTA activities. Robert Maier, Director of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, will provide up-to-date information regarding state funding for public libraries.

A Group Discussion Session will be held in the afternoon. Two topics will be presented. Attendees will select the discussion group that they would like to participate in.

a) Getting Your Library the Attention It Deserves
Leaders: John Arnold, Chairman, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and Maureen Killoran, Head of the Public Library Advisory Unit, MBLC

b) Advocating for Your Library Budget: What Works, What Doesn't
Leaders: Cindy Schatz, President, Massachusetts Library Trustees Association, and Robert Maier, Director, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

To Register: Contact Maureen Killoran, Head, Public Library Advisory Unit, by e-mail, fax or mail by February 6, 2006.

FAX: 617-725-0140

MAIL: Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, 98 North Washington St., Suite 401, Boston, MA 02114-1933



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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