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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 12, 2007
CONTACT: David L. Gray
Director, Communications & Public Information
More Than $1.3 Million Awarded to 76 Massachusetts Libraries, Regional Library Systems & Library Networks
BOSTON: The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is pleased to announce $1,373,603 in grants has been awarded to 76 public, academic, school, special libraries, regional library systems and library networks across the Commonwealth under the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). (See a complete list of Grant Awardees and Abstracts.)
"These grants will be used to implement projects to offer programs for young children, their parents and caregivers; promote cross-cultural understanding; build stronger communities; improve customer service; assist adult literacy students; provide advanced library automation services, and help to preserve library's valuable historical records," said Robert C. Maier, Director.
The grants are scheduled to begin on October 1, 2007. However, this date is dependent upon the final authorization, appropriation and allocation of FY2008 LSTA funds by the federal government prior to this date.
Grants were awarded in 15 categories:
Academic Library Incentive Grant
Digitizing Historical Resources
Mother Goose on the Loose
Network Connections and Servers
On the Same Page
Preservation of Library and Archival Materials
School Library Incentive
Serving 'Tweens and Teens
Small Libraries in Networks
LSTA is administered on the federal level by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in the Commonwealth by the 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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