DATE: December 21, 2007
Quinn Appointed to Board
Mary Rose Quinn of Woburn has been appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to serve on the nine-member Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).
"Libraries are an integral part of our society and our democracy. I am excited and honored to be appointed by the Governor to this Board, which advocates for and promotes library services and their value to our communities and all the residents of the Commonwealth,” she stated.
Currently the Director of the Stevens Memorial Library in North Andover, Mary Rose has been a librarian for 20 years, working in public libraries for the last 17. She serves on the Massachusetts Library Association’s Legislative and Public Relations Committees and has served as Chair of the New England Library Association’s Information Technology Section and on the Executive Boards of both NOBLE and the Northeast Massachusetts Regional Library System. In addition, she worked on the Steering Committee that formed the Friends of the Woburn Public Library and the MBLC’s committee planning services for patrons with disabilities. Mary Rose has her MS-LIS from Simmons College and ABs in English and History from Boston College.
Mary Rose Quinn replaces Edward L. Bertorelli whose term had expired. Commissioner Bertorelli served on the Board for twelve years, including two as Chairman.
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.