DATE: February 26, 2008
Caro Appointed to Board
Carol B. Caro has been appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to serve on the nine-member Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
Caro is looking forward to continuing her work with libraries. "After more than 30 years working and volunteering in libraries, I am excited to have the opportunity to serve on the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Libraries provide free services to everyone in the Commonwealth; the old, the young, and everyone in-between. As a Commissioner, I hope to continue the work to make libraries a vital part of community life for all Massachusetts' residents," she stated.
From Brookline, Caro has extensive experience with libraries including positions as the Executive Director of the Minuteman Library Network as well as Head of the Library Systems Department and Automation Librarian at Boston College. Her information technology skills have made her an asset to numerous committees and organizations such as NOTIS Users Group where she served four years as Chair of OPAC Training and the Boston Library Consortium where she chaired the Information Technology Committee. She has also served two years as the Secretary of the Massachusetts Library Association in addition to volunteering with the Friends of Brookline Public Library.
Caro replaces Emily M. Salaun who was appointed to the Board in 2005 by Governor Mitt Romney.
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.