DATE: October 07, 2009
Shesko Appointed to Board
MBLC Chair George Comeau welcomes newly appointed Commissioner Greg Shesko to the Board.
Gregory Shesko of Needham has been appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to serve on the nine-member Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).
Shesko attended his first Board meeting in September and has already been part of two budget meetings to plan for FY2011 when the MBLC is facing a -16% (reduction) budget cap. Shesko brings with him over 18 years of experience working with libraries. He has been a library trustee in Needham since 1994 and co-chaired the Renew Our Library campaign which successfully secured $15.7 million to build Needham's new 46,000 square foot library, completed in March 2006. In 2005, he was named Outstanding Trustee by the Massachusetts Library Trustee Association.
Mr. Shesko was the founding vice president and subsequent president of the Massachusetts Friends of Libraries. He has also served as president of the Friends of Needham Free Public Library where he led two successful override campaigns in 1992 and 1996 to increase library funding. During his tenure, the Friends re-organized the library book sale and since 2006, book sales have generated $190,000 in income for Friends.
As part of the MBLC's Public Library Construction Program, Shesko served on the Planning and Design Review Committee and Construction Review Committee. He was also appointed to the State Advisory Council on Libraries in 2007, a position he resigned when he was appointed as an MBLC Commissioner.
A Harvard graduate, Mr. Shesko retired from Brandeis University where he was Assistant Dean of Arts and Sciences and Assistant Provost for Academic Finance and Administration.
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.