October 24, 2006
Director, Communications & Public Information
Nancy Rea of Haverhill Appointed Deputy Director of the Board
Commissioner Dr. Em Claire Knowles, Chair of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, announced that following a nationwide search, Nancy Rea of Haverhill has been appointed as the new Deputy Director & Head of Library Development for the Board.
"It is a great pleasure to be able to announce the appointment of Nancy Rea as our new deputy director," said Dr. Knowles. "After more than four years without this position, the Board is thrilled to be able to fill positions that were lost to the state's economic downturn of several years ago. Ms. Rea's depth of library experience and knowledge of staff development, supervision and team management made her our unanimous choice."
For the past three years, Rea has been the director of the Haverhill Public Library where she was responsible for moving that library from threat of closure to fiscal stability. Prior to coming to Haverhill, Rea worked for the Anne Arundel County Public Library in Maryland where she moved through the system from a library associate at two branches, to managing branches, and finally serving as their staff development coordinator for a staff of more than 200.
"I am well aware of the challenges that libraries face," said Rea. "As a library director that used the resources provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, I have come to know the value of the Agency to libraries throughout the state. I look forward to being a part of this Agency and playing a role in serving and advocating for all types of libraries in Massachusetts.
As Deputy Director, Rea will serve as a member of the Management Team and provide policy and program development. In addition, as Head of Library Development she will as be responsible for the federal Library Services and Technology Act program, the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program, and programs supporting electronic services and resource sharing.
A graduate of Wheaton College in Norton, Rea also has her M.L.S. from the University of Maryland in College Park. She is a member of the American Library Association, Massachusetts Library Association and her library was a recipient of the 2005 Haverhill Chamber of Commerce Annual Service Award.
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.