July 17, 2006
Director, Communications & Public Information
Kaufman Appointed to the Board
BOSTON - Vicki L. Kaufman of Melrose has been appointed by Governor Mitt Romney to a two-and-a-half-year term on the nine-member Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
"To quote Thomas Jefferson," said Kaufman, "'I cannot live without books' and I have had a love affair with libraries since I got my first library card. I have been involved with libraries, one way or another, ever since, from volunteering in my school libraries in Quincy, to volunteering in and being a dedicated user of my local libraries wherever I have lived as an adult. I am thrilled to have been appointed to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and look forward to my term as a Commissioner."
Originally from Quincy, Kaufman is a Civil Rights Investigator at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Regional Office in Boston. A former English teacher, she also served as a curriculum librarian at the University of Tennessee in Nashville, Tennessee, where she took courses in library science. A graduate of Boston University, she is a member of numerous professional and civic organizations, and active on many community issue and political campaign committees. An active member of the Friends of the Derry Public Library in New Hampshire, she has served as President of the Boards of the South Shore Coalition for Human Rights in Quincy, the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Association at Boston University, DOVE, Inc. (DOmestic Violence Ended) on the South Shore, and Community Church of Boston.
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.