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February 7, 2007
CONTACT: David L. Gray
Director, Communications & Public Information
1-800-952-7403, x208

Lt. Governor Tim Murray Talks About Libraries

Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray recently explored the role of libraries, his experience with libraries and how libraries can help build a stronger Commonwealth, in a podcast recorded on January 30, 2007, by the Central Massachusetts Regional Library System.

Interviewed by CMRLS Administrator Carolyn Noah, the Lt. Governor said "...we are a democracy and there is nothing more democractic than our public libraries, where the...full and free exchange of ideas and materials can take place.

He went on to state that the next couple of years will be economically challenging, but "...ther's nothing really worth better fighting for than our libraries..."

To hear the full podcast go to

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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