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Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
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News Release



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 8, 2007
CONTACT: David L. Gray
Director, Communications & Public Information
1-800-952-7403, x208
David.L.Gray@state.ma.us

Commissioner Joseph Hopkins Dies

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners regrets to announce that Commissioner Joseph S. Hopkins of Amherst died on Wednesday, June 6, 2007.

Callahan & Fay Brothers Funeral Home, 61 Myrtle Street, Worcester, is handling the funeral arrangements. Visiting hours are Sunday, June 10, 2007 from 4 - 7 pm.

A funeral mass will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church, 551 Pleasant Street, Worcester, on Monday, June 11,2007 at 11 am.

A complete obituary ran in The Boston Globe and Worcester Telegram and Gazette on Saturday, June 9, 2007.

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Joseph Hopkins of Amherst was first appointed to the Board by Governor Paul Cellucci in 1998 and reappointed by Governor Mitt Romney in 2003. A former librarian, Commissioner Hopkins retired as Head Librarian of the Worcester Free Public Library in 1991 after 21 years. Prior to being in Worcester, he was also the director of the Watertown Public Library and the Meadville Public Library in Pennsylvania. A graduate of Boston University, he also received his MA in Library Science from Simmons College. In addition to his work with the Board, he also served as President of the Massachusetts Library Association, and Trustee and President of the Board of Library Trustees for the Saline District Library in Michigan.

"We are saddened by the news of the death of Joe Hopkins. Those of us who knew him appreciated his leadership on the Board and his commitment to the public libraries in the Commonwealth. We are proud to have had him as our colleague and friend."-- Dr. Em Claire Knowles, Chair, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

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.

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