News Release 

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

DATE: December 17, 2007
CONTACT: Celeste Bruno
Communications Specialist
1-800-952-7403 x208

Murphy Appointed to Board

Francis R. (Frank) Murphy has been appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to serve on the nine-member Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Frank Murphy is looking forward to giving back to an institution that has always been a part of his life. “From boyhood through college, I spent a lot of time in libraries for pleasure and assignments.  During my working life, it was pleasure and projects.  Now, its pleasure and payback—to try to help all those open libraries and dedicated, professional library people,” he stated.

From Arlington, Murphy was an Information System/Network consultant to NATO and MITRE before retiring and beginning his volunteer work with libraries.  He became a Robbins Library (Arlington) Friends Board member and in 2001 was appointed to the Robbins Board of Trustees where he served a term as Chairman.  He has been actively involved with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners as a member of the State Advisory Council on Libraries and as a member of the State Aid Review Committee. In addition, Murphy has served as a Board member of the Massachusetts Library Trustees Association.

Murphy replaces Joseph S. Hopkins who passed away in June, 2007.

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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