September 21, 2007
MBLC to Hold Budget Hearing
The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners will hold a public hearing on its fiscal year 2009 budget submission and preliminary legislative agenda for FY2009 on October 4 at 1:00pm at the Worcester Free Public Library. All members of the library community and library users are invited to attend and comment directly to the Board. Written comments are preferred.
Those speaking to the Board on October 4 are urged to bring their comments in writing for the record.
Persons unable to attend are encouraged to mail or email their comments to Robert C. Maier, Director, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, 98 North Washington Street, Suite 401, Boston, MA 02114 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, October 8. Faxes may be sent to 617-725-0140.
Please review the following documents:
- A summary of the budget submitted by the Board under a 1.5% increase cap provided under the budget making directive of the Patrick/Murray administration.
- A preliminary summary of the FY2009 legislative agenda
- The FY2008 Legislative Agenda of the Board
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.