News Release

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

DATE: July 17, 2010
CONTACT: Celeste Bruno
Communications Specialist
1-800-952-7403 x208

Board Elects New Officers

(left to right) Commissioners Francis R. Murphy, Katherine K. Dibble, George T. Comeau, and Mary Rose Quinn. George T. Comeau congratulates newly elected MBLC officers.

George T. Comeau congratulates newly elected MBLC officers. Left to right: Commissioners Francis R. Murphy, Katherine K. Dibble, George T. Comeau, and Mary Rose Quinn.

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) elected new officers to serve for FY2011 at its Board Meeting on July 8, 2010.

The Board elected Katherine K. Dibble of Roslindale as Chairperson. First appointed to the MBLC in 2005 by Governor Mitt Romney, Commissioner Dibble was Board Vice Chair during FY2009 and FY2010. Ms Dibble has a long history of working in libraries and is a well-known library advocate. She has served as President of the Boston Chapter of the Women's National Book Association, as well as a Trustee of the French Library and Cultural Center in Boston, and is currently a board member of the Boston Women's Heritage Trail.

Following her election, Chairperson Dibble thanked former Chairman George T. Comeau for shepherding libraries through two difficult funding years and the merger of the six regional library systems into a single entity called the Massachusetts Library System. "I'm honored to have worked with Commissioner Comeau and this talented Board," said Dibble. "We will continue to raise awareness about the value of library services for all residents and I am hopeful that we will be able to begin a rebuilding process in the coming years."

Francis (Frank) R. Murphy of Arlington was elected Vice Chairman. Murphy was appointed to the Board by Governor Deval Patrick in 2007. He served as Board Secretary during FY2009 and FY2010 and has been a library trustee chair and Friend of the Robbins Library in Arlington. He brings an in-depth understanding of the MBLC's State Aid to Public Libraries Program having served on the State Aid Review Committee. Prior to his involvement with libraries, Murphy was an Information System/Network consultant to NATO and MITRE.

Mary Rose Quinn of Woburn was elected as Board Secretary. Quinn, currently Library Director in North Andover, was appointed to the Board by Governor Deval Patrick in 2007. Ms Quinn serves on the Massachusetts Library Association's Legislative and Public Relations Committees and has served as Chair of the New England Library Association's Information Technology Section and on the Executive Boards of both NOBLE and the Northeast Massachusetts Regional Library System.

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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