News Release

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

DATE: August 21, 2008
CONTACT: Celeste Bruno
Communications Specialist
1-800-952-7403 x208

MBLC Presents Fall Workshops

 The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners presents How to Advocate Effectively For the Library Budget and Library Security Summit

How to Advocate Effectively for the Library Budget will be held on Saturday September 20, 2008 at the Weston Public Library. The program is from 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please note that the Library opens at 10:00 a.m. Seating is limited to 70 people so early registration is encouraged.

 Description: In this tough economic climate, as municipal officials make decisions about library funding, it will become even more critical for library directors, trustees and friends to improve their advocacy skills. A panel of library trustees and library directors will discuss their experiences in advocating for their library budgets before the Finance Committee, City Council, and Town Meeting. Panelists will share stories about strategies which worked successfully and those which didn’t. Library trustees, library directors and Friends of the Library are encouraged to attend this workshop to learn strategies for seeking adequate municipal funding for library services.

Robert Maier, MBLC Director, will give an update and overview of what is happening with our libraries across the Commonwealth in this challenging budget year.

John Arnold, MLA Library Advocacy Award winner, former Chairman of Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and current member of the Westboro Finance Committee will offer tips and suggestions for achieving success when presenting your budget proposal to the municipal Finance Committee.

Admission is free, however registration is required. Please Register by September 12, 2008. Upon receipt, confirmation will be sent.
Date: Saturday, September 20, 2008
Location: Weston Public Library 87 School Street Weston, MA 02493
Time: 10:15 a.m.-1:00 p.m

The Library Security Summit will be held on Saturday October 4, 2008 at the Lunenburg Public Library. The program will be from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Description: Recent news articles remind us that public libraries are not immune from many of the safety problems which affect our society today. Libraries experience a wide variety of security issues, including child safety concerns, theft of materials, unruly teens, etc. The “Library Security Summit” will provide an opportunity to hear library administrators and a representative from the law enforcement community speak about providing a safe environment for library users.

MBLC Chairman, George Comeau, will moderate a panel of library directors who will talk about security issues at their libraries. A representative from the police will discuss safety awareness for parents, children, and teens. Gregor Trinkaus-Randall, MBLC Preservation Specialist, will discuss steps to minimize the possibility of theft or destruction of library materials, developing security policies and procedures, and facility issues which impact library security.

Everyone is invited to attend including Friends, Trustees, and Library Staff. Admission is free, however registration is required. Please Register by September 26, 2008
Date: Saturday, October 4, 2008
Location:Lunenburg Public Library 1023 Mass. Ave. Lunenburg, MA 01462-1321
Time: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Contact: Maureen Killoran, Head Public Library Advisory Unit
Phone: 1-800-952-7403
Fax: 617-725-0140
Mailing address:
MA. Board of Library Commissioners 98 N. Washington St., Suite 401 Boston, MA 02114 

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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