January 16, 2007
Director, Communications & Public Information
Zangwill Appointed to the Board
BOSTON - Irving H. Zangwill of Fall River was appointed to a two-year term on the nine-member Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners in late December by former Governor Mitt Romney.
"As a child, seeing my mother stay up half the night reading and going to work in the morning, as well as being read to night after night by my father, the tone for my love of reading was set. Through the years, I continued this passion and as a teacher worked to encourage it in my students," said Zangwill. "Having served as the Chairman of the Fall River Public Library Board of Trustees for many years, as well as serving on many other library organization and committees, I am absolutely delighted to have the opportunity of being a commissioner on the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioner. I look forward to representing Southeastern Massachusetts in a way that will better its library services and improve opportunities for its citizens."
A lifelong resident of Fall River, Zangwill was a teacher in the Fall River Public Schools for more than 30 years. He has served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Fall River Public Library since 1996, as well as the President of the Fall River Public Library Foundation since 2000. Among his other library appointments have been the President and Vice-President of the Massachusetts Library Trustees Association, and on the board of the Southeastern Massachusetts Regional Library System. In addition, he has worked with the MBLC on the Massachusetts Public Library Initiative, Trustee Handbook Committee and the State Advisory Council on Libraries.
Zangwill has a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Education from Boston University, a M.Ed. in Education from Bridgewater State College, and his B.A. in Psychology from UMass/Dartmouth.
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.