News Release

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

DATE: February 18, 2009
CONTACT: Celeste Bruno
Communications Specialist
1-800-952-7403 x208

Spring Conferences Announced

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is pleased to announce several spring conferences and workshops. The events are free, but registration is required. To register, please email Please see below for program details.

The 9th Annual Trustee Symposium will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2009 at the Holiday Inn in Boxborough from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The program will include a legislative update; workshops on library trust funds and library foundations, plus important information on the Digital Commonwealth. There will also be an opportunity for library trustees to share information on what is happening at their library. The event is open to everyone. Coffee and lunch are provided. This program is co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Library Trustees Association.

How to Conduct an Annual Fund-Raising Appeal will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at the Sargent Memorial Library, Boxborough from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This workshop will provide you with the tools to implement an annual fund-raising appeal for your library. Whatever the needs of your library, you will learn how to plan and execute an annual appeal which will address your specific financial challenges. All library directors, trustees and Friends of libraries are invited to attend.

Capital Campaign Fund-Raising Workshop will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2009 at the Sargent Memorial Library, Boxborough from 10:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. Fund-raising success is achieved through effective planning. This is particularly true of a Capital Campaign. This workshop will demonstrate the strategies and procedures which you can use to make your capital campaign a success.

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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