News Release

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

DATE: March 10, 2008
CONTACT: Celeste Bruno
Communications Specialist
1-800-952-7403 x208

8th Annual Trustee Symposium in April

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library Trustees Association will hold the 8th Annual Trustee Symposium on Saturday, April 5th at the Holiday Inn in Boxborough from 10:00 3:00 p.m. The Trustee Symposium is free and all trustees are invited, however registration is required. Coffee and lunch are provided.

Workshops include:

Snapshot: Our Public Libraries Today!
Robert C. Maier, Director, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

We'll paint a portrait of public libraries today-who's up and who's down and why, how the Board's Legislative Agenda could help, and what the TV and radio ads and the web site can do for your library and your users.

Public Relations 101
Celeste Bruno, Communication Specialist, Board of Library Commissioners

The two areas of media relations that tend to be difficult for libraries are how to deal with unexpected calls from news reporters and how to promote libraries both to the local community and to local officials. A call from a reporter asking difficult questions can make one nervous. We'll talk about ways to work with reporters and make dealing with the news media less stressful. Promoting your library can be difficult for different reasons. Two of the most common issues are finding a cohesive way to promote the many services libraries offer and obtaining media coverage. We'll talk about the MBLC's statewide media campaign and how  it can help promote your library and ways you can use it to highlight what you do locally.

Outreach to Spanish Speakers and Other Target Groups
Nancy Rea, Deputy Director Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

Do you have newcomers in your community whose primary language is not English and who may not know all that the library can offer them? Nearly eight percent of Bay Staters are of Hispanic or Latino origin (2006 U.S. Census).Through a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) has partnered with to provide Spanish Language Outreach (SLO) workshops throughout the Commonwealth to help libraries work with this growing community. Staff conducted five successful workshops in the fall of 2007 and has scheduled four more during the spring of 2008. The workshop builds knowledge of Spanish-speaking residents' needs and will help libraries better serve the Hispanic community by increasing awareness of local library services and public access computing.

The techniques learned in this workshop can easily be applied to any special target group such as seniors, teens or other ethnic groups in your community.  Come learn about this successful program and technique.

To Register for the 8th Annual Trustee Symposium:  Contact Maureen Killoran, Head, Public Library Advisory Unit

Use the form below to register by fax or by mail

FAX: 617-725-0140

Maureen Killoran
Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
98 North Washington St., Suite 401
Boston, MA.  02114-1933


PHONE: 617-725-1860 X220 or 1-800-952-7403

Directions to the Holiday Inn in Boxborough
Address: 242 Adams Place- I-495 Exit 28
Phone: 978-263-8701

Directions from the East
From Route 128 take Route 2 West to Route 111 West
Follow  Route 111 aproximately 8 miles. Adams Place Road is on the left just before Route 111 crosses over Interstate 495

Directions from the West
Take the Mass. Turnpike East to Interstate 495
Take Interstate 495 North to Exit 28 to Route 111 (Boxborough/Harvard )
Turn left off the ramp and take the first road on the right (Adams Place)

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About MBLC

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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